• Maintain knowledge and rules of the NAIA as it relates to Sports Communications. • Assist with the coordination, development, and implementation of a proactive media outreach program to print, television, radio, social media and the Union College Department of Athletics website in order to publicize and promote the Union College Department of Athletics, its programs, staff and student-athletes. • Prepare media releases to communicate with the general public news and information about the college’s athletic programs and teams. • Work proactively with media to encourage coverage of college athletic events and programs. • Assist in developing positive relations with media representatives from the electronic and print media. • Assist with production of any publications and game-day materials for all athletic programs and events. • Assist with management of the press box and scorer’s table at various on-campus athletic events, or assign coverage for these events to others in the Department as needed. • Assist with updating and maintaining all areas of the Department of Athletics website and team pages. • Work with the Director of Sports Communications on all publications and staffing, as needed, for Bulldog Club and other fundraising events hosted by Union College Athletics. • Keep, report and maintain statistics for all Union College Athletic programs under the guidelines set forth by the NAIA, the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Mid-South Conference in conjunction with the Director of Sports Communications. • Work in conjunction with the Director of Sports Communications, the Director of Athletics, the Director of Sports Broadcasting and the Director of Game Operations to ensure all workers are assigned to cover game responsibilities relating to Sports Communications, game operations and Broadcasting for the college’s 25 athletic programs. This includes statistics, public address announcer, music, scoreboard, broadcasting and live streaming, and other functions as needed. • Assist in departmental budget management for Sports Communications to ensure meeting assigned budget goals. • Be actively involved in the area of Sports Communications at both the conference and national levels. • Assist with coordination of all special athletic events such as Bulldog Club, Hall of Fame, Teams of Distinction, etc. • Take or assign staff to take sports photographs when necessary. • Assist the Director of Sports Communications in supervising staff, to include hiring of assistants and interns, training the staff, and delegating various duties within the Sports Communications area. • Assist in the gathering of athletics information for Board of Trustee’s reports and Bulldog Club functions throughout the year and other needs as assigned. • Travel, as necessary, to cover Union College athletic events. • Perform other communications duties as assigned by either the Director of Sports Communications or the Director of College Communications.
Education, Skills and Ability
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required. • Valid Driver’s License • Position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Position requires excellent computer skills in addition to a strong knowledge of use of social media. • Position requires excellent critical thinking skills in order to ascertain needs and develop programs and strategies to enhance the Sports Communications area. • Previous demonstrated experience in the field of athletic communications, College level experience preferred. • A strong commitment to the student-athlete concept and a working knowledge of NAIA rules and regulations is required. • Previous experience working with game statistics in variety of sports preferred. • Previous experience in dealing with the media on the local, regional and national level is required. • Competent photographic skills required.
The Union College Bulldogs are members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, an affiliate member the Mid-South Conference, and a member of the NAIA. Union College's history is deeply rooted in a strong, intentional connection between the College and local community. When the College was founded in 1879, those involved chose a name that reflected their shared vision.