Assistant & Associate Communications/Sports Info/Media Relations Dir (perm.)
Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible - Pay Commensurate with Experience
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 1
Serves as the primary contact for football, volleyball, baseball and up to seven (7) additional olympic sports.
Provides all sports information functions including maintaining records and statistics, writing press releases and game stories, nominating for awards and handling internal, external and public information requests for the assigned teams.
Collaborates in strategic planning for internal and external messaging in support of the university and athletic department mission.
Assists in gameday operations and staffing for all W&L intercollegiate athletic events on campus, including statistics, scoreboards, scorekeepers, music and public address. Serves as the primary statistician for all assigned sports.
Functions as a public relations/news liaison between the media, conference affiliates, the NCAA and Washington and Lee’s department of athletics and student-athletes.
Maintains the athletics website (SIDEARM) and other software-based platforms regarding assigned sports.
Assists with collection, creation and editing of athletics-related creative content for social and digital media platforms.
Assists in the training and supervision of student workers and part-time gameday assistants.
Travel with assigned W&L teams to select conference, regional and national events.
Night and weekend availability and additional related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree and at least 3 years of experience in intercollegiate sports information, athletics communication, or game operations with experience hosting post-season tournaments at the conference, regional or national level. Must have excellent organizational, collaboration and communications skills and the ability to work within deadlines. Excellent writing and editing skills are essential, as is experience with Apple computer systems, design programs (InDesign & Photoshop) and statistical programs (NCAA Genius LiveStats, Presto Stats, TAS, Etc.).
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples, or links to writing samples, with their application. Attach documents in the Resume/CV document upload section of the application. Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
Located in Lexington, Va., W&L participates in NCAA Division III competition and is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The private and liberal arts experience allows students to pursue athletic excellence without sacrificing their educational experience. W&L offers 24 varsity sports and combined for a .738 winning percentage and 11 conference championships during the 2021-22 school year. The Generals ranked No. 12 in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings with 767.5 points this past year, the best finish in department history. Twenty-six student-athletes garnered All-America honors and tallied 21 major conference awards last year. W&L’s varsity teams are nationally ranked in several sports with NCAA Tournament aspirations. Washington and Lee historically hosts a handful of NCAA Tournament competitions in early rounds of bracket play including field hockey, ...men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse annually. The W&L communications staff also plays a large hand in the operation of ODAC tournament contests and NCAA regional and national events sponsored by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the city of Salem, Va. The Washington and Lee Athletic Communications department prides itself on being student-athlete centered to provide equitable promotion and coverage for all sports in order to promote the Generals' accomplishments on and off the competition surface.