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Washington State University Assistant Director, Athletic Communications in Pullman, Washington

Position Details

Summary of Duties

This position is responsible for developing and implementing an annual communication plan for assigned varsity sports (Women’s Basketball and Women’s Rowing), including writing, editing and/or coordinating event programs, news releases, web pages and other material or projects supporting Intercollegiate Athletics’ public relations, development, and other area goals. Working under the direction of the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications, this position writes and edits articles and content that promote student-athlete accomplishments, support the WSU brand, and elevate the university’s profile. This position will collaborate with various internal and external partners to promote special campaigns and events for Intercollegiate Athletics and to coordinate outreach and promotion. This position will identify important stories of interest in support of Intercollegiate Athletics’ communications goals, and requires critically evaluating content to ensure its effectiveness. This position assists in all operations of the office of Athletic Communications and manages all-inclusive coverage of assigned varsity sports.

Additional Information

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, marketing or other relevant field AND two (2) years of professional experience in print OR broadcast news media, public relations, marketing including the use of electronic media or two (2) years of other relevant professional experience.

Additional Requirements

Must have a valid driver’s license by time of hire Must be able and willing to work evenings and weekends Must be available 24/7 to assist with emergency/crisis management situations related to WSU Athletics, athletic management, coaches, and student-athletes requiring public relations management.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree. Division I intercollegiate athletics work experience in a sports information office with several sport assignments. Work experience that demonstrates the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a high paced work and event environment. Work experience that demonstrates the ability to manage a high work load with frequent interruptions. Experience that demonstrates the ability to work well with a variety of constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, University and Athletic administrators, and members of the media. Experience that demonstrates creative ability when designing publication. Comprehensive knowledge of various word processing and statistical software programs, specifically StatCrew and Hytek. Work experience that demonstrates strong computer capabilities and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Photoshop and InDesign, E-mail, and internet.

Will this position require a background check?

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application

Failure to submit correct materials/documents may result in an incomplete application.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

Employee Type: AP-Administrative Professional

University Title: Public Relations/Communication Coordinator

Working Title: Assistant Director, Athletic Communications

College/Area: Athletics, Intercollegiate

Department: Athletics, Intercollegiate

Department Link: WSU Cougars

Position Number: 90123

Hiring Unit: Athletic Communications

Work Location: Pullman

Zip Code: 99163

This position is in a Bargaining Unit: No

Appointment Status: Permanent

Job Appointment (FTE%): 100%

Position Term in Months: 12

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Open Date: 07/11/2019

Close Date: 07/25/2019

Open Until Filled: No

Posting Number: 20135411P