The University of Tennessee Athletics Department is accepting applications for two (2) Assistant Director positions in its Media Relations unit.
This position coordinates and disseminates information concerning the University of Tennessee Athletics programs and communicates information to local and national media and other groups such as alumni, letterwinners, faculty, students and fans. This position establishes relationships with local and national media in promoting Tennessee Athletics and also helps to execute the Media Relations Department’s publicity strategy.
This position's primary responsibility is to serve as the primary media relations contact for multiple Tennessee athletic programs (to be determined based on candidate’s experience, personality and fit), serving as liaison between the athletic department and media, general public and university community. This individual is responsible for developing and executing a publicity strategy for their assigned sports. They must collaborate closely with local, regional and national media outlets—as well as Tennessee’s VFL Films staff—to pitch and execute story ideas promoting teams and individual student-athletes and staff members. They also are responsible for the coordination of media availabilities and press conferences for each of their sports.
Ensure accurate and up-to-date information on their assigned sports is available daily via Internet (UTsports.com) and social media platforms for sports as assigned.
Manage media relations logistics associated with their teams' respective athletic events. For competition events away from home, this individual will travel with the team and execute their responsibilities at the competition site. Thus, this individual must be willing to work/travel on nights and weekends, and should be available to work home football games when the fall sports schedule allows.
For all competition events that feature a live broadcast, this individual is responsible for the production of a thorough and up-to-date "game notes" package that is used by broadcasters to prep for the event.
Other duties as assigned, such as assisting colleagues at other sports' competition events when their availability allows (while not currently planned, sport-specific responsibilities may change from year to year).
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Experience: At least one year of previous experience in an NCAA Division I media relations/communications office, professional sports franchise, or comparable work environment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: This individual must possess a demonstrated ability for strategic thinking and strong public relations sensibilities. This individual also must possess strong writing and verbal communications skills. Another requirement of this position is the in-depth, sport-specific knowledge to serve as an official scorer for Division I collegiate softball. Certain technical knowledge is required, including demonstrated experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, SIDEARM and The Automated Scorebook (Stat Crew). A broad working knowledge and familiarity with NCAA and SEC rules also is required.
Education: Master's Degree
Experience: It’s preferable that this individual have previous experience as a primary sport contact at the Division I or professional sports level.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Preferred abilities include 1) the ability to create compelling and engaging, live social media content; 2) advanced operational knowledge of PC and Apple computers; 3) basic video-editing skills and basic HTML coding ability.