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Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034060
Department Code 34209-7033
Department Athletics-Main Office
Job Title Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Location Manley Field House
Pay Range Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S4
FLSA Status Exempt

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Nights and weekends are required based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications is responsible for handling public relations functions for Syracuse University’s 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program, utilizing written, video, online and social-media channels.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to; providing media training for coaches and student-athletes, serving as a liaison with local and national media, writing press releases and feature stories, maintaining the department’s website ( and social media channels, producing digital media guides, record books and game programs, assisting with supervision of interns and student staff, travelling with assigned teams, maintaining statistics and archives, and providing information to the NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference and ECAC service bureaus. This position is responsible for the public relations/communications for women’s basketball and other sports as assigned.

A working knowledge of InDesign, PhotoShop, StatCrew statistical software, and the SIDEARM content management system are necessary. Experience in Adobe Creative Cloud preferred. This position also is responsible for supervision of sports assigned to interns/students. Must be able to work nights and weekends. Must have working knowledge of NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference rules.


Bachelor’s Degree and three to five years of experience in a related field.

Job Specific Qualifications

Computer skills required: InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel, SIDEARM website administrative updating system, social media, and various statistical software packages for cumulative and in-game statistics. Experience in Adobe Creative Cloud preferred.

Interpersonal communication, mentoring, teaching skills required. Ability to manage, direct and complete multiple projects and assignments concurrently.

Extensive writing, editing, desktop publishing, Photoshop, website and social media skills. Video editing preferred.

Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to interact with diverse department, University and community constituencies.

Ability work under deadline pressure.

Extensive and successful experience with personnel management and crisis management.

Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations with practical, hands-on experience in applying Division I regulations.


Facilitate interviews between coaches, student-athletes and administrative staff and the media. Educate student-athletes and coaches about working with the media, including interviewing techniques, responding to criticism, public speaking and rights and responsibilities. Handle all media inquiries for assigned sports, including women’s basketball, men’s and women’s rowing, and other sports as assigned.

Responsible for assigned sports media operation for home events, including managing the press box, managing social media channels, issuing credentials to qualified individuals, supervising statistics crew and staff to service the media and other guests, monitoring media on the sidelines, facilitating post-game press conferences, and representing Syracuse University to national and local electronic and print media.

Writing, including press releases, daily content for, media guide content, social media posts, feature stories for game programs and alumni and donor newsletters. Manage and maintain Department of Athletics archives (hard copy and digital) for assigned sports and athletics department projects, including the ‘Cuse Awards.

Promote and publicize assigned teams locally, nationally and internationally, including serving as liaison with national and local media on a daily basis, including live television broadcasts of athletic events for assigned teams, managing social media channels and utilizing website ( Serve as a liaison and respond to inquiries from media, alumni, boosters and the general public for assigned teams.

Travel with women’s basketball and other sports as assigned, to away contests to service the media and facilitate interviews with student-athletes and coaches, and manage social media channels. Represent Syracuse University at various media days of assigned sports.

Oversee coverage for volleyball and other sports as assigned.

Assist with the supervision of two full-time interns and 16-20 student-assistants.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter and current resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 10/24/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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Applicant Documents

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