May 25, 2012
Senior Associate Athletic Director for
Strategic Communications & Media Relations
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Athletic Director, the Senior Associate Athletic Director will serve as a senior level member of the Athletic Department and the lead for the Media Relations unit of Maryland Athletics. He/she will act as the Managing Editor for all ICA communications and media strategies.
The Senior Associate Athletic Director will be responsible for managing a $500,000 annual budget and six full-time employees and a number of graduate and undergraduate student employees. Leadership responsibilities will also include developing and managing a strategic communications plan for the entire department, crisis communications (as necessary) and national media coverage of selected events, teams and student-athletes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Supervise staff to develop and produce effective and timely media exposure for all Maryland sports
- Organize staff and assign duties so as to maximize productivity, efficiency and responsiveness to the needs of the media, student-athletes and staff
- Write & edit press releases, features, blogs, etc.
- Ensure Maryland athletic achievements are presented in the most favorable way to a wide-ranging audience on a consistent and timely basis
- Supervise the management of Umterps.com to ensure timely and relevant information is provided to the public and media
- Develop and pursue synergistic ways to assist all of the external units of the athletic department
- Comply with all NCAA, ACC, University and departmental policies and procedures
- Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Analytical – adept at using quantitative and qualitative assessments to draw conclusions
- Articulate – strong oral and written communication skills
- Collaborative – encourages a participative process and works well in teams
- Goal-oriented – seeks to accomplish specific outcomes, begins with the end in mind
- Self-confident – trusts own judgment, able to act decisively
- Professional – appropriate demeanor, attention to detail and maintenance of strict confidentiality
- Sports enthusiast-interest in collegiate athletics
- Extensive experience in athletics communication, promotion and media relations is required, preferably at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or professional sports level.
- Demonstrated successful experience, preferably at the NCAA or professional sports level.
- Experience in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. region is preferred.
- The scope of the position frequently requires weekend and evening work and periodically requires overnight, out-of-town travel.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
- A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience in the areas of athletic communications, promotions, or media relations is required, preferably at NCAA or professional sports level. Significant budgetary and full-time staff oversight experience is required.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills are required. Managerial and organizational skills are a must along with successful communications, promotions, media relations experience and strong computer skills.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Commensurate with experience and competitive, with full University benefits that include excellent health, life insurance, and retirement plans; tuition remission; and annual leave, holidays, personal and sick days.
Submit applications electronically at http://jobs.umd.edu. Search for Position Number 100033. For best consideration applications should include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) names and addresses of at least three references. More information on Maryland Athletics can be found at www.umterps.com.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.