Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a Division I and Big Ten Conference member, is seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Strategic Communications. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Serve as the primary communications contact for the nationally-ranked men’s soccer, men’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse programs.
Facilitate social media for team accounts in line with department goals.
Produce yearbooks, news releases and feature stories.
Staff home events, and selected away events.
Supervise student assistants, statistical crews, and other support personnel at events.
Other duties as assigned.
Typical Education and Experience
Typically requires a Bachelor's Degree or higher plus 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations or a related field plus work-related experience in communications or public relations is preferred.
Skills and Qualifications of this position include:
Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.
Knowledge of NCAA rules and compliance is required.
Considerable initiative, creativity, and independence.
Experience supervising staff members and/or leadership experience within a communications department, preferably in a higher education and/or an athletically related environment is preferred.
Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, website content management systems, social media platforms, and Statcrew/NCAA Live Stats is preferred.
This position will require successful completion of standard background checks.
The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
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Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
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Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful athletic programs. Penn State is home to more than 800 student-athletes competing in 31 varsity sport programs (16 men’s, 15 women’s), which is tied for the fourth-highest number of sports sponsored by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution. Nittany Lion student-athletes compete at the highest level in athletics, as well as academics with record-breaking Graduation Success Rates year after year. Affectionately known as Happy Valley, Penn State is located in University Park, Pennsylvania in central Pennsylvania, while having a number of cities within 200 miles.