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Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
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Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

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Work type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Bellingham, WA

Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department
The Enrollment & Student Services Division and the Athletics Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position
The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications is a 10-month, full-time position (cyclic) that has the primary responsibility in assisting to communicate the goals and brand of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, with the goals and vision in mind of Western Washington University. The position will help promote the athletic department through digital media, graphic design, social media, feature stories and media relations effort that share the stories of the 15 intercollegiate sports and over 300 student-athletes and coaches, with the goal of increasing public participation and support in local, state and national recognition of Viking Athletics. The position will also assist with event management pertaining to sports information, serve as a primary contact for programs and will be encouraged to make independent decisions when publicizing WWU Athletics.

Required Qualifications

+ Possession of a bachelor's degree.

+ Competent with computer technology related to sports information.

+ Ability to handle multiple tasks on deadline.

+ Strong written and verbal communication skills.

+ Demonstrated ability and commitment to effectively working with faculty, staff and student athletes of diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

+ Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree in journalism, communications, sports management, marketing, public relations or closely related field.

+ Sports Information background, knowledge and experience.

+ Social and Digital Media knowledge as it pertains to promoting athletic programs.

+ Basic understanding of StatCrew applications or similar statistical tracking software.

+ Video editing and interview capability for digital media content.

+ Experience working with coaches and student-athletes.

+ Media Relations and Sports Marketing experience.

+ Knowledge of AP style.

+ Experience in video editing with Adobe Premier or similar software program.

+ Experience in graphic design.

+ Expressed commitment to NCAA legislation and compliance.

Commensurate with experience including an excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications, including your demonstrated ability and commitment to effectively working with faculty, staff and student athletes of diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes
Application review begins June 26, 2019; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 496980

Advertised: Jun 05 2019 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time

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