Senior Associate Athletics Director, Marketing and Communications
University of Akron
Location: Akron, Ohio
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 13831
The University of Akron, a NCAA Division 1 (FBS) institution and member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) is currently seeking applicants for the position of Sr. Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications.
Primary responsibilities include:
Advancing Akron Athletics and its strategic plan by building awareness of, and engagement with Akron Athletics' mission, goals, impact and outcomes; serving as a key member of the Athletic Director's leadership team; building relationships with key stakeholders and constituencies within and beyond the University; developing and implementing an athletic department wide strategic marketing plan; setting digital and print communication priorities to strengthen the athletic department's visibility, market position and reputation; directing the departments overall messaging and branding, digital communications, media relations and social media, crisis communications, advertising, and select marketing campaigns; supervising sports information employees and ensuring they are doing tasks associated with the day-to-day team functions; leading the development and implementation of an integrated brand strategy and strategic marketing plan that demonstrably advances the University's strategic objectives, with particular placing emphasis on enrollment and development goals; working in partnership with University Communication and Marketing (UCM) and colleagues across the University to ensure communications and to support cross-institution consistency of brand and messaging; executing vibrant, proactive media relations and social media programs that enhance the athletic department's visibility and reputation, promoting stories of UA student athletes, sport programs and impact; leading issues management strategy/crisis response and serving as a key spokesperson for the athletic department as appropriate; and capturing and using data to assess the impact of communications initiatives - including digital and print campaigns, as well as earned and paid media placements - using such data to inform decisions and strategies.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated success in implementing successful, data-informed, results-oriented communications programs across one or more multi-stakeholder organizations. Ability to lead a cohesive team that consistently meets quality standard and deadlines. Ability to work under pressure, in a fast-paced environment. Experienced in fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace culture, building collaborative, collegial work relationships at all levels of an organization. Budget management skills.
Preferred Qualifications Master's degree.
Compensation and Benefits The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.
The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership, and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value, we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.
We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices, and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.
We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists, and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.
For more information about The University of Akron or the Akron community please visit our About UA page.
Application Instructions To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a resume and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.
After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Derek Brown in Human Resources at (330) 972-8402.
Application Deadline Review of applicants will begin September 22, 2022.
The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (uakron.edu/hr/eeoaa).
The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at uakron.edu/title-ix/at-uakron.
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It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.
The University of Akron is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education.
With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education.
UA brings together diverse disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.