The director of communications assists in all aspects of the communications area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports.
The individual must have strong written and communications skills and a comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are essential. Experience working with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and SnappyTV are also required. Specific responsibilities and duties include:
Serve as the Conference’s primary contact for all media correspondence for men’s basketball and other assigned sports
Coordinate Basketball Media Day events
Along with senior staff, oversee communications operations at the Conference’s Men’s Basketball Championship, including marketing, promotions, staffing, sponsorship fulfillment, television, awards selections and game operations
Serve as media coordinator for select conference championships
Represent the Conference at regular-season and postseason events
Participate and assist with coaches’ meetings for assigned sports while conducting communications education sessions
Develop and implement season-long communication plans for assigned sports in concert with the Conference’s overall strategic branding efforts
Assist with the creation and design of social media graphics
Write and publish feature stories, press releases and social media content in support of the communication efforts for assigned sports
Assist with event operations at conference championships, including marketing, promotions, staffing, sponsorship fulfillment, television, awards selection, game operations and media relations
Contribute to content on TheAmerican.org and assist with the creation of web pages
Monitor and assist in troubleshooting any issues on TheAmerican.org with the Conference’s website partner(s)
Collaborate with Senior Director of Branding and Sport Administration to ensure branding and style requirements are met
Ensure working knowledge on all NCAA compliance issues that pertain to communications matters
Assist with other Conference-related functions as assigned
The successful candidate must have a combination of a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of five years of practical experience and demonstrated skills in athletics communications.
Knowledge of social media platforms, web and graphic design, Stat Crew software and significant experience using Adobe Creative Suite are also required. Familiarity with CSS and HTML coding is also beneficial.
Experience working within an athletic department or conference office at the collegiate level and a desire to work in college athletics administration is preferred. He or she must have strong organizational, writing and communications skills. Night and weekend work will be required.
The individual must have the ability to work well with a variety of constituents, including conference staff, and administrators and staff at member institutions.
APPLICATION PROCESS A letter of application, resume and professional references should be forwarded to:
Chuck Sullivan Assistant Commissioner for Communications American Athletic Conference 15 Park Row West Providence, Rhode Island 02903 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is May 18, 2018
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes participation in the conference’s employee benefit plan.
About American Athletic Conference
The American Athletic Conference (The American), a member of the NCAA, was reconstituted in 2013. With the conference office in Providence, Rhode Island, The American is comprised of the following institutions: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy (in football only), USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Wichita State (basketball and Olympic sports) joined the Conference on July 1, 2017. Under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Aresco, The American sponsors 21 championships – 10 for men and 11 for women; is a member of the College Football Playoff; began new television partnerships with ESPN and CBS Sports in 2014; and has a marketing partnership with IMG College. For more information, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.