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Senior Associate Athletic Director, Communications

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Athletics, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Department: Intercollegiate Athletics
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
May 29, 2017; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:
-A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.
-A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon Intercollegiate Athletic Department's primary purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for student-athletes to be developed, tested, and encouraged to reach their maximum potential in every aspect of their lives. It is the steadfast goal of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to provide the most outstanding student-athlete experience by helping them to achieve excellence, both in the classroom and in their chosen sport. The department has approximately 250 administrative & classified employees and hosts over 600,000 spectators annually and represents the University of Oregon in athletic competition with other universities & colleges.

Position Summary
The purpose of this position is to manage the Athletic Communications Office’s public and media relations activities for all intercollegiate athletics sports. This position will oversee the creation and implementation of a comprehensive media relations strategy for the Athletic Department that focuses on optimizing the local, regional, and national exposure of the athletics programs and the successes of Oregon student-athletes.

Responsible for oversight and strategic planning of public relations, communications and media for the 20 sport University of Oregon Athletic Department. Provides management of consistent strategic external communications maximizing all forms of media, including traditional media, broadcast media and new media as well as serving as the point person for any inquires and crisis communication initiatives. Responsible for creating, monitoring and remaining within an annual budget of $600,000.

A successful individual will also provide strategic communications counsel to the Athletic Director, department senior staff, head coaches and other key department personnel. The Senior Associate Athletic Director, Communications will also oversee the content and management of department website (

Serves as the department point person to local, regional, PAC-12 and national media outlets and be the liaison with University Communications. This position will work closely with the department’s external staff (marketing, ticketing, and development) to create and promote various initiatives to coordinate, streamline, and enhance communication efforts.

Senior level position reporting to the Athletic Director

Supervision of all full-time employees, part-time employees and student workers within the unit. Maintains working expertise of rule interpretations for all intercollegiate athletic sports to comply with PAC-12 Conference and NCAA statistical requirements, as well as historical documentation.

Responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics programs, including adherence to all department policies and procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the university, Pac-12 Conferences and the NCAA.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree
• Seven years of full-time experience in a field of professional or collegiate athletic communications or ten years of equivalent experience in a field of public communications.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to work within a team culture, lead a unit and develop, direct and implement media relations efforts for our nationally recognized athletic teams.
• Strong and proven writing/editing skills, demonstrated understanding of all forms of digital media required.
• Must have a clear understanding of NCAA rules and compliance. Thorough knowledge of all sports, including understanding of the role of local and national media in assisting efforts in promoting our nationally recognized teams.

Preferred Qualifications
• Progressive experience working within a Power-5 Conference member’s or professional sports communication department.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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