UC San Diego, located in La Jolla, in the San Diego Metropolitan area, enrolls over 35,000 students and is one of the University of California’s 10 campuses. UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation.
UC San Diego sponsors 23 varsity sports and currently is an NCAA Division II institution, with an expectation of moving to Division I in the near future. Triton Athletics has a proud tradition of academic and athletic excellence. In 2016-17 Triton Athletics won its second straight and seventh overall California Collegiate Athletic Association Commissioner's Cup and placed fourth in the nation in the Learfield Directors' Cup. The Associate Athletics Director- Strategic Communications and Management reports directly to the Deputy Director of Athletics and works closely with the Director of Athletics. The incumbent is responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations and brand management. Connecting Triton Athletics to our wide and varied audiences through a variety of communication channels.
The directing of media and public relations includes the content and production of the Triton website, public information messaging, audio visual, television and internet streaming, all publications and advertisements, as well as coordination with the Associate AD Marketing on all social media. Oversees Athletics Department publicity and media relations strategies, handles media inquiries, develops and maintains contacts with local and national media. Oversees specific support functions of athletic programs, including scheduling and planning locations for sports events.
Directs the management of all aspects of home Intercollegiate Athletics and championship events. Supervises the assigned sports, advising the coaching staff on matters relating to budget, facilities, fundraising, scheduling, recruiting, academic and athletic success, student-athlete experience and alumni engagement. Actively participate in strategic planning, manage daily operations, and participate in formulating, evaluating, interpreting and enforcing department policies. The incumbent must follow the athletic philosophy consistent with that of the UC San Diego Athletic Department and a commitment to diversity in all of its forms.
A complete application will include an online resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.
Extensive experience working with media in print, radio, and web-based communications outlets; proven ability to oversee the placement of stories with sports media.
Commitment to directing the communication component of the Athletics mission and willingness to collaborate with other staff members to effectively handle department-wide initiatives that cross over intra-departmental boundaries (special events, campus projects, NCAA Championships, Athletics Recognition Dinner, etc).
Demonstrated supervisory skills, including the ability to provide lead direction, to effectively motivate, delegate, train, supervise and evaluate Coaches, staff and student employees.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse client group. Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted professional behavior, etiquette and standards of protocol that are appropriate within a collegiate athletic setting.
Experience directing the management of all aspects of home athletic events, including staffing, scoring, ticketing, set-up/take-down, spirit groups, half-time activities, traffic control and emergency procedures.
Knowledge and ability to run a professional press conference while also having a strong sense of ethical conduct. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training with a college-level program
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html
"A Proud Tradition of Academic and Athletic Excellence." That is the slogan most often associated with the UC San Diego Athletic Department. Since becoming a member of the NCAA less than 25 years ago, the UCSD program has backed up those words with achievement.
UC San Diego Athletics sponsors a broad based program of 23 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports, with approximately... 600 student-athletes. It promotes the pursuit of excellence, strength of character, teamwork, ethical conduct, and diversity, and is inextricably linked to the educational mission of the University. The 23-sport athletics program is subject to NCAA regulations and must demonstrate compliance to Title IX which is recorded in the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) annual report to the Department of Education.
Our Division II program is evolving into one of the premiere NCAA athletics programs in the nation; setting the standard in all aspects of competitive success, academic excellence, ethical conduct, student-athlete experience, campus pride, the development and retention of coaches and staff, and the establishment of lifelong relationships. Athletics enhances campus, alumni, and community pride while fostering collaborations that increase our profile and visibility throughout the region.
Since moving to the NCAA Division II level in 2000, UC San Diego has placed in the top seven programs in the country on ten different occasions and finished second overall twice. UC San Diego has also won five out of the last six California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Commissioners Cup titles, an award that recognizes the best overall athletics program in the conference. In 2010, UC San Diego was ranked first in Division II and twenty third overall in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings, which comprehensively measures student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess. UC San Diego was also the top-ranked Division II institution in 2008.