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Assistant Director, Media Relations

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 117461
Title: Coordinator
Functional Title: Assistant Director, Media Relations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: PRES-ICA-External Relations
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Assistant Director for Media Relations will serve as the primary contact for men’s soccer and baseball, as well as assist with all football social media content, be a primary writer/editor for the game notes and an assistant editor of all department’s game programs. Provide the messaging for the senior athletic administration and act as the publicity coordinator for community engagement projects.

Additional responsibilities include: coordinating the publicity for assigned sports, including writing, compiling and editing the team’s website content, with a specific focus on accuracy and timeliness; prepare game notes and press releases to ensure effective coverage and proper NCAA and Conference reporting; Respond to and manage media requests, pitching story ideas, facilitate interviews, news conferences and photo sessions; provide event coverage and game-day management functions and work closely with the University’s marketing office to effectively promote both programs nationally and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required in journalism, athletics administration, public relations or similar fields or equivalent education, training, and experience.

Two (2) to three (3) years of athletics media relations experience at the collegiate or professional level.

Working knowledge of social media and digital marketing.

Outstanding proficiency in desktop publishing software, Adobe PhotoShop, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer on either Macintosh or Windows platforms or both; familiarity with Stat Crew Systems software.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Strong research skills.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.


Demonstrated previous experience in working in a NCAA Division I athletic department or a professional sports organization.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 10/12/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/19/2017
Physical Demands

The scope of the position frequently requires weekend and evening work with team travel (Non-standard work hours). While performing the essential functions of the job, the employee operates a computer and other office devices such telephones, copy machines, fax machines, etc; Constantly moves about the facility and event site before, during and after events to service clients; constantly communicates via telephone, email and in-person with others to exchange accurate information. Standing, walking, kneeling/crouching, balancing and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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