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Director, Communications

Apply now Job no: 527684
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
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
July 7, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure consideration, please upload 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.

• Current resume, which includes dates of employment and clearly highlights experience that meets the minimum required qualifications.

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, hosts over 600,000 spectators annually, and represents the University of Oregon in athletic competition with other universities & colleges.

Position Summary
The Director, Communications contributes a unique interpretation and/or analysis as the primary communications contact for the men’s basketball program within the University of Oregon Athletic Department. This position will coordinate communications efforts for the Oregon men’s basketball program, including press conferences, post-practice, and post-game activities. The Director serves as the primary contact for all interview and media requests with the Oregon men’s basketball head coach, assistant coaches, and players, as well as for all team-related information. The position will provide interpretations, insights, and analysis to fans and international media outlets via the website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other multimedia outlets.

The Director will act as the primary liaison between the athletics department and all media, and will regularly come into contact with local media (Pacific Northwest) and national media who cover men’s basketball. The position will be the primary point of contact with televising broadcast networks, coaching staffs, student-athletes, donors, fans, communication colleagues from competing universities, athletic department personnel, and other key stakeholders of Oregon Athletics.

This position reports to Assistant Athletic Director, Communications, and will independently make decisions regarding the handling of information available to the media.

This position is responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program, including adherence to all department policies and procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the university, Pac-12 Conference, and the NCAA.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or related field
• Three years of experience working in a collegiate athletics or professional sports communications office

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated understanding of all forms of new/digital media and proven writing/editing skills
• Excellent communications skills; demonstrated ability to be creative and innovative
• Competency with Abode InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Statcrew/NCAA Live Stats
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
• Exceptional ability to work in a networked way, emphasizing collaboration in a complex environment
• Ability to perform detail-oriented work accurately and to communicate effectively with a diverse population
• Clear understanding of NCAA rules and compliance

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience as the primary communications/media relations contact for a Power 5 men’s basketball program or an NBA team
• Experience overseeing social media efforts for a basketball team at the intercollegiate or professional level
• Candidates with experience serving the needs of diverse populations
• NCAA Championships experience
• Thorough knowledge of all sports UO sponsors, including understanding of the role of local and national media in assisting efforts in promoting our nationally recognized teams

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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 Civil Rights Compliance, 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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