University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Full time benefit eligible position including medical, dental, vision, life, vacation, retirement plan and tuition remission

Assistant Director for Media Relations

Athletic Department

University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Assistant Director for Media Relations in the Athletic Department. This position reports directly to the Assistant Athletic Director.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director for Media Relations will support the Athletic Department Administration to continually promote and market the University's Athletics programs and student-athletes; assisting in the operation of a department which sponsors 15 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III varsity sports. Primary duties center on managing the operations of an NCAA Division III media relations office and all media relations functions. The director will be responsible for all aspects of traditional game day sports information operations, which include marketing materials, producing pre and post-game notes/interviews, arranging for action photography, logging game statistics and reporting results. The ADMR will also directly support the activities of Assistant Athletic Director & Compliance Officer in the area of NCAA DIII Compliance, while promoting the university's core values and a commitment to NCAA rules and regulations.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Student development theory is used to create, plan, and implement educational, social, physical and cultural programming designed to enhance the overall experience and achievement of both undergraduate and graduate students. These means are accomplished through the following specific duties:

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Athletic Director and AD to promote and market UST Athletics.
  • Develop, implement and update an annual plan to promote 15 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining the Athletic Department website and social media presence.
  • Assist the Assistant Athletic Director & Compliance with all NCAA DIII student-athlete eligibility, rules, and regulations.
  • Assist individual coaches to coordinate promotional material for their respective team.
  • Recruit, organize, and supervise the statistics crew and compile event statistics during the event.
  • Responsible for supervising, writing, editing and designing of all athletic publications (media guides, game programs, pre and post event stories).
  • Maintain current and accurate statistical files and historical archives for each varsity sport.
  • Create and edit video highlights and promotional packages.
  • Provide statistics to the NCAA national office and the SCAC Conference office, as well as the media.
  • Assist the Assistant Athletic Director including, but not limited to, the planning, development, and execution of all athletics events.
  • Serve on Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
  • Work closely with Marketing and Communications (MarCom) to align the athletic department with the University's marketing mission under the guidelines of the Call Toward Tomorrow.
  • Coordinate with other offices and departments on campus as needed including Admissions and MarCom.
  • Stay up-to-date, knowledgeable and compliant with all NCAA and SCAC rules and regulations.

Supervisory responsibilities:

The Assistant Director for Media Relations will supervise student workers and/or event management staff and when available, Sports Information Interns from local schools.

Education and Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Marketing or Communications, or Sports Management is required; a Master's degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years in athletics and/or sports information experience, preferably in a small college or university setting.
  • Excellent event management and organizational skills.
  • Desktop publishing skills as related to the production of publications required.
  • Intermediate proficiency to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop Illustrator, and Stat Crew is necessary.
  • Effective overall communication skills, including excellent writing and editorial abilities.
  • Effective ability to speak to groups of all sizes with the ability to develop and present various presentations.
  • Effective ability to manage multiple events and assignments.

Working conditions:

Position requires irregular office hours including after-hours and weekend work to attend competitions, practices and university events.

Out-of-town travel required to support and promote department.

Physical requirements are those of normal office conditions with some outside work consistent with game management responsibilities.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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