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Assistant Athletic Director - Strategic Communications at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University

Last Updated: 1/18/23

Job Description

Requisition 202200470S

Position Title Assistant Athletic Director - Strategic Communications

FLSA status Exempt

Hiring Salary This position is a pay grade 15. Please see Pay Grade Table at:

Occupational Category Professional

Department Athletics

Office of the President

Educational Requirements for the Position

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field. Two years experience in one or more of the following areas: sports, reporting, sports information work, sports news, data, general news, and information services. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.

Nature & Purpose of Position

Perform specialized professional journalistic and public relations in promoting and publicizing intercollegiate athletic programs at Sam Houston State University.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Media Liaison with local, area, and national media: prepare and distribute weekly news release to media on each of SHSU’s varsity sports promoting upcoming events; game results to media after each SHSU athletic event; and, news releases to media about SHSU athletic department activities (i.e. hiring, schedules, promotional events). Supervise media interviews with SHSU coaches and athletes.
2. Compile, edit, and disseminate statistics for SHSU varsity sports: Prepare weekly statistical reports for each team for coaches and media. Report statistics to Conference and NCAA for regional and national statistics compilations.
3. Coordinate Sam Houston State Athletic website: Update website for intercollegiate sports on daily basis with goal of having up to date results and statistics on the web within 24 hours after event. Coordinate with coaches and SHSU athletic staff to keep schedule information on website current.
4. Prepare athletic department publications: write and edit yearly brochures for Bearkat sports programs. Edit Sam Houston State athletic event game program. Work with Bearkat Partners to coordinate Corporate Sponsors ads in publications. Coordinate annual Bearkat Partners fund raising materials.
5. Athletic Marketing: assist with overall athletic department marketing effort, arranging for advertisements on television, radio, and newspapers. Coordinate with media to publicize specific athletic promotions. Work with athletic team in planning of annual marketing strategies.
6. Athletic game management: coordinate press box and press row at all SHSU athletic home events. Coordinate staffing of jobs at home events such as public address, scorer, stats, etc. Write public address announcements for home events. Produce game management timing schedules for home events. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Specifications

Contact with faculty, staff, and students across campus. Also has contacts with off campus coaches, players, and other members of news media. Must be knowledgeable of all NCAA and conference rules. Must adhere to NCAA and conference bylaws. Must be supportive of institutional compliance and academic programs. Must report all NCAA and conference violations to proper personnel.

This position may be designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Full Time

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EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Company Details

Huntsville, Texas, United States
A Great Name in Texas Education! Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its approximately 21,612 students, eight college...