Founded in 1819, Centre College is a small, selective educational community located in Danville, Kentucky, and serves approximately 1,400 students by focusing on high quality undergraduate education as its primary mission. The historic, picturesque 150-acre campus is 30 miles from Lexington, in the famed Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky. Centre accomplishes its goals in an atmosphere of caring and respectful relationships among faculty, student, and staff. The College has an endowment in excess of $300 million and an operating budget of more than $65 million.
Centre College is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where the individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences. Please view the State of Community. For information concerning the college, visit our web site at www.centre.edu
The Director of Athletics Communications and Digital Media serves as a key member of the Centre College Athletics Administration, reporting to the Associate Director of Athletics for Advancement and External Relations. This position oversees and directs the athletic communications efforts for 23 intercollegiate sports, managing a team that includes one Assistant Director of Athletics Communications, one Digital Media Production Intern, students, gameday staff, and two professional staff with secondary duties in the area of athletics communications.
This position will develop and implement a plan to provide high-quality, expansive video streaming for all sports (to include but not limited to, live broadcasting talent, multi-camera broadcasts, pre-production elements, etc.).
This position will work with the Office of Communications as well as student help and freelancers to ensure appropriate photography coverage of Centre Athletics.
This position provides timely news releases, statistics, coordinate a number of game day functions consistent with the athletics communications operation, and serve as the chief archivist and historian for the department.
As a key member of the external relations team, this position will also play an important role in the overall strategic direction of the external relations department, including the social media, branding, and marketing and development efforts.
Essential Job Functions:
Oversee all athletics communications department employees, one Assistant Director of Athletics Communications, one Digital Media Production Intern, students, gameday staff, and two professional staff with secondary duties in the area of athletics communications;
Responsible for the design, daily maintenance, and content on CentreColonels.com website as well as all official social media platforms;
Enhance relationships with local, regional, and national media outlets, implementing a proactive plan to intentionally engage media outlets;
Provide strategic vision, in regards to the area of communication, for the athletic department;
Create fresh, new content with feature stories on CentreColonels.com, both in written form as well as video stories;
Ensure appropriate event coverage for each sport;
Compile, update, and maintains all statistics, record books, and histories -- meeting all requirements of the SAA and NCAA;
Serve as host site media coordinator for all home postseason events such as SAA and NCAA Tournaments;
Staff and supervise workers for home events, including statistics crews, all webcasting personnel, public address announcers, and all other scorers’ table and press box personnel or support staff as necessary;
Responsible for design and production of gameday programs, schedule cards, game notes, and other printed materials;
Provides strategic vision, in regards to the area of communication, for the athletic department;
Responsible for providing photography for Centre Athletics;
Responsible for the oversight of the entire awards program, including nominations for campus, conference, regional, and national honors, executing departmental awards, and providing leadership for the Centre Athletics Awards Show;
Establish an effective working relationship with the Centre College Communications Office;
Serves as department researcher, record-keeper, and historian;
Assists with the department’s marketing, development, corporate partnership, admissions, and community outreach efforts;
Contribute to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required. Previous experience in a collegiate sports information or athletics communications office is required. Experience with Division III, either as a student-athlete or sports information professional, is a plus.
Knowledge and Skills
Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. In-depth, broad-based athletic knowledge is essential. Demonstrated skill in web maintenance, design software, and Stat Crew programs a must. Previous experience with video software preferred but not required. Team work attitude and a desire to work in a fast-paced, highly-successful Division III athletic department a must. Knowledge of NCAA and SAA rules and regulations. Additional qualifications include being self-motivated, visionary, positive, energetic, eager to teach, willingness to travel, and the ability to foster a team environment is needed.
Moderate physical activity. Requires handling up to 25 pounds.
Standing and or walking for more than four hours per day.
Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by one of the nation’s premier study abroad programs and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. Located on 152-acres in Danville, Ky., the heart of the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky, Centre is a proud member o...f the NCAA Division III, a founding member of the Southern Athletic Association, and back-to-back winner of the SAA’s Presidents’ Cup (2013 and 2014).