Reports to the Assistant AD for Communications and Creative Services and the Deputy AD for External Operations. Responsible for helping to create and maintain a positive image for the university’s program of intercollegiate athletics for student-athletes, accomplished primarily through local, state and national news media, internal and external partnerships, and more direct communication with the university’s audiences. This Exempt Full-Time person manages the broadcasts, podcasts and press conferences, serves as the primary contact and supervisor for student workers who help the media relations office stat games and provide web streaming content. This person finds, trains and schedules those workers for each contest during the season, which could be for as many as 75 contests per year. This person serves as one of ACU’s two primary media and community contacts for athletics; helps maintain historical sports files; and helps supports the Vision goal of helping ACU be perceived as a national leader in Christian higher education.
A. Broadcast scheduling and oversight B. Works with ACU-TV to schedule and develop on-air talent C. Primary media contact for selected sports D. Event/stats management for selected sports E. Nomination of student-athletes for conference and national awards
Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
A. Broadcast Management 1. Schedules streams and broadcast for all sports that have them 2. Works with ACU-TV to schedule talent for on-air broadcasts 3. Makes sure streams are properly working for home events 4. Oversees radio/audio broadcasts for football and select other sports 5. Works to identify and develop on-air talent 6. Investigates opportunities to stream all possible sports 7. Works closely with marketing department to assist in event promotion B. Primary Contact for Selected Sports 1. Fields requests from media for selected sports as the primary contact 2. Shares rosters and stat files of selected sports with media and opponent sports information directors 3. Present at every home game and some road games as the primary contact 4. Produces game notes, game programs for selected sports 5. Visits weekly with coaching staff of selected sports 6. Travel to postseason events of selected sports 7. Nominate student-athletes for awards 8. Maintains webpages for selected sports
Professional Development Requirements:
1. Project management and teamwork skills 2. Knowledge of broadcast set-up 3. Able to assist with the creation of on-air graphics 4. Supervisory skills (student employees, interns, volunteers, event staff, etc.) 5. Knowledge of athletics 6. Exceptional communication skills
B. Training Modules Required
Continuous improvement of project management/time management skills
ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and to be willing to support the Christian mission of ACU.
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or marketing with proven broadcast abilities.
At least 1 year of responsible experience in social media management, with some supervisory or management experience preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to accuracy and quality of work.
Experience with computers and appropriate software for graphic design
Broad understanding of/and interest in numerous sports.
Disciplined, enthusiastic self-starter
Ability to work and interact well with coaches, staff, student athletes, administration, media and other external audiences
Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
Commitment to quality
Strong work ethic
Organizational skills/ability to balance multiple projects and tight deadlines
Ability to handle pressure
Able to endure extended periods of sitting and typing at computer terminal
Able to reach and climb to reach files
Extended periods of walking and climbing stairs
Able to communicate with various audiences on the phone, in person and via computer
Able to lift heavy boxes
Able to lift chairs and tables and equipment necessary to arrange for press conferences and other events.
Able to drive to athletic event locations
Able to represent ACU at conferences
Irregular work hours/long days, weeknight hours and weekends.
Extended travel, i.e. same-day, 1-2 day, week long, etc trips.
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