Associate/Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton, NY 13346, USA
  • Apr 04, 2022
Full time Athletics & Coaching External Relations, PR, Marketing

Job Description


Colgate University

Associate/Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

Requisition Number: 2022S048Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Office of University Communications
Department: Office of University Communications

Department Statement:
The Office of University Communications tells the Colgate story with clarity and consistency in order to build awareness, attract the best students, faculty, and staff, and foster lasting relationships. We pursue projects that align with Colgate’s priorities, emphasizing those that advance the Third-Century Plan. Our work — leading all University integrated communications programs and coordinating the institution’s public relations activities, and athletics communications — strengthens Colgate’s visibility and identity among external and internal audiences.

Reporting to the Director of Athletics Communications, this position is responsible for the creation and effective execution of sports information and engagement strategy across all aspects of the assigned athletics department sport teams and areas.
Develop and execute overall communication strategy for assigned sports, fitting within the broader context of Colgate's University-wide communications strategy and plan.
Responsible for supervision of all operational functions on game day for assigned sports toinclude:

  • Production and authoring of game notes, programs and other printed material.
  • Required to travel with assigned teams and work extended days and weekends in order to execute responsibilities for statistics, game write ups, social media, press conferences and all media relations. A valid driver's license is also required.
  • Responsible for serving as the primary and official statistician for home events for designated sports.
  • Responsible for updating, editing, and occasional maintenance of the athletics website (
  • Responsible for coordinating social media coverage and graphic design for assigned sport accounts.
  • Responsible for collaboration with Assistant Athletics Director for Engagement & Events to promote attendance, viewership and support for assigned teams.
  • Responsible for creation of materials utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, including but not limited to InDesign, Premiere, and Photoshop.
  • Responsible for contributing information to historical archiving of statistics, rosters, and additional information in assigned sports.
  • Responsible for effectively serving as a contact for the Patriot League and ECAC Hockey for assigned sports.

Responsible for supervision of all operational aspects of public relations for assigned sports to include:

  • Authoring and promoting of all press releases and special news pieces.
  • Organizing, conducting, and supervising all athletics press conferences providing accurate information to our media partners.
  • Obtaining coverage from media outlets and handling requests for assigned sports.
  • Determining media placement with targeted and most appropriate media outlets.
  • Effective supervision and coordination with television, newspaper, and any other media requests, especially in the Central New York area.
  • Maximizing the number of positive media hits and minimizing potentially negative communications with respect to athletics.

Accountable for maintaining personal compliance with all relevant governing bodies to include:

  • NCAA
  • Specific conference
  • Athletics department
  • University policies

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in a position with similar duties and/or skills.
  • Must be a strong communicator and writer, have experience with social media, familiarity with shooting and editing video or a willingness to be trained and a proficiency in desktop publishing (InDesign and Photoshop) and StatCrew software.
  • Must possess a collaborative style and the ability to work effectively within a diverse population.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends during athletic seasons as necessary is required.
  • Compliance with NCAA, Patriot League and Colgate rules and regulations is non negotiable.
  • Knowledge and commitment to University, League and NCAA regulations; good communication and technology skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of college athletics communications experience.
  • Lead communications contact for specific sports.

Bachelors degree required.

Application Details

Other Information
Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which they are aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings, overnights and weekends.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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