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Academic Staff - Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communication (Public May Apply)

Code: 13330 Posted: 07/21/2017


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communication.

The Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communications serves as a member of the senior athletics administration, reporting to the Director of Athletics. This person will work in conjunction with the Director of Athletics to provide strategic leadership and vision to the athletics department. The Assistant Athletics Director will oversee and direct the communications efforts for the athletics department and each of its varsity sports programs, including the coordination of media coverage, management of and the department’s social media accounts, execution of marketing and promotions, and game day responsibilities. Represent the athletics department as appropriate on campus, in the conference, and with the NCAA. Due to the nature of this work, willingness and flexibility to work nights and weekends is required. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.




  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous experience in a collegiate sports information or athletics communication department
  • Demonstrated excellence in administrative, written, and computer skills
  • Working knowledge of statistical programs, design and desktop publishing software, streaming contests, video production, and website maintenance
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours and travel occasionally


  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Broadcasting and on camera experience
  • Previous experience working with media on the local, regional and national level



Media Relations:

  • Write, edit and disseminate press releases, season previews, and feature stories
  • Serve as the public relations agent for the athletics department in developing positive relations with media representatives from the electronic, broadcast and print media
  • Assist in the promotion of athletics teams, coaches and student-athletes to local, regional and national media
  • Keep abreast of campus events and subject matter expertise in relation to current events to identify and capitalize on media opportunities that will promote the University and increase positive media coverage
  • Analyze and select pertinent facts and integrate them into communication vehicles
  • Arranges media interviews with coaches and student-athletes for assigned sports


  • Management, administration and content creation for and the department’s social media accounts and other communications vehicles
  • Ability to create video content/interviews for website
  • Effectively use web technology to achieve communication goals
  • Responsible for graphic design and production of printed materials, as needed

Manage home game contests and statistics:

  • Coordinate, generate and compile statistical databases for all sports archives
  • Oversee statistical and press coverage at home contests
  • Ability to stat all home contests
  • Manage game day operations

Manage student interns and assistants:

  • Coordinate coverage, training, supervision and evaluation of student workers and part time assistant

Miscellaneous tasks:

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy designed to promote the Athletics program
  • Oversee the Athletics awards program, including nominations, leadership and execution of department, university, GLVC, NCAA, regional, and national honors
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of intercollegiate athletics, specifically sports information
  • Ability to serve as a member of the senior athletics administration
  • Considerable knowledge of and adherence to University, GLVC and NCAA Division II rules and guidelines and a commitment to the Student-Athlete concept
  • Ability to oversee the Athletics awards program, including nominations, leadership and execution of department, university, GLVC, NCAA, reginal, and national honors
  • Considerable proficiency with desk top publishing software, Microsoft Office Stat Crew, Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Comprehensive computer skills including the ability to learn and integrate new software programs as needed, ability to use emerging Social Mediums and to act as a strong end user of new media software/web tools, hardware and accessories
  • Working knowledge of and ability to effectively use media outlets including planning media coverage and publicity campaigns for the University and special events
  • Working knowledge of copyright and other applicable laws pertaining to publications and media
  • Ability to have excellent organization skills which include, but are not limited to, successfully implementing short and long term goals, multi-tasking, managing competing deadlines, time management skills, and effective event planning skills such as bi-annual Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills including, but not limited to, speaking to large audiences, broadcasts, writing feature stories, press releases and publishing to the web
  • Ability to apply appropriate statistical techniques and methods to research on sports information
  • Ability to have excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism at all times and an ability to be an exemplary representative of UW-Parkside
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships within a diverse, academic environment
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and troubleshoot and problem solve daily
  • Ability to work outside in hot and cold weather conditions
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to travel occasionally




UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at



Applications received by 11:59 PM August 5, 2017, are ensured full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.



STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

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STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable at application stage)

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Please Note:
In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.



Commensurate with experience and education. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

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Inquiries and questions about this position can be directed to:

Dr. Kurt Patberg

Athletics Staffing and Consultants, LLC

Phone: (404) 434-5146


If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Ryan Ridley

University of Wisconsin Parkside

Office: (262) 595-2245




A criminal background check will be required at the time of hire. 

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available at Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at (262) 595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.

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900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345