The University of Connecticut is seeking applications for the full-time position of Director of Men’s Basketball Communications.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities will include serving as the primary Athletic Communications contact for the four-time national champion men’s basketball team.
The successful candidate will need to have the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to convey clear, well-articulated information in producing media materials, online team record books, news releases, and feature stories. This candidate will serve as the liaison between local, regional, and national media outlets with oversight of all daily and weekly (internal/external) media interview requests between media outlets for the men’s basketball coaches and student-athletes. The successful candidate will need to possess strong creativity and proficiency in the area of social media management and strong interpersonal skills; regularly interface with the men’s basketball coaching staff, and creative units with the objective of enhancing the program’s presence on digital and social platforms; must be highly organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator and possess the ability to handle numerous assignments in a timely manner with the flexibility to adjust to unscheduled developments involving immediate attention.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Sports Management, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of four years of experience in the media relations field with a Division I men’s or women’s basketball or football program or with a professional sports organization.
Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal.
Expertise in PhotoShop, InDesign and/or other Adobe Creative Suite software.
Proficient in NCAA Genius.
Experience using a content management system tool, preferably Sidearm.
A demonstrated working knowledge of the correct application of NCAA regulations.
Master’s degree in Communications, Sports Management, or a related field.
Minimum of two years of experience working in college athletics, with primary oversight of at least one program’s social media platform.
Athletic media relations experience as a primary or secondary contact in the NCAA Tournament.
Experience with an athletics program that is covered prominently in the local and/or national media.
In conjunction with the mission of the University of Connecticut to serve as a center for teaching and research, dedicated to excellence in higher education and fulfillment of its land grant status, the mission of the Division of Athletics is to operate a broadbased program of intercollegiate athletics and recreational and intramural sports opportunities that reflects the ethical philosophy of the University, the interest of the student body, and the desires of the University's internal and external constituencies. The priority of the Division of Athletics is to give student-athletes the opportunity to excel in academic achievement and athletic accomplishments. In addition, the Division of Athletics fosters among its students a sense of citizenship, leadership and social responsibility. The athletic program of the University adheres to the highest standards of integrity and ethics. The Division of Athletics promotes principles of good sportsmanship, honesty and fiscal responsibility in compliance with university, state, NCAA, and conference regulations. The Division of Athletics promotes and supports the University's comprehensive commitment to diversity and equity, providing equit...able opportunity for all students and staff including women and minorities. Through its program of intercollegiate athletics, recreational and intramural activities, public service and outreach efforts, the Division of Athletics enhances the student experience and contributes to the quality of life within the campus community, the State, and across the nation. The Division of Athletics and its programs undergo regular and periodic evaluation so that the Division may remain responsive to the educational and social needs of its students, the outreach efforts of the University, the competitive standards of the athletic conferences with which it is affiliated, and the fiscal demands of rapidly changing environments.