Director of Public Relations (HR Title: Assistant Director PR - Athletics)
Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
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About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.
The position will pursue media and P.R. opportunities with traditional and non-traditional media outlets.
The person is this role serve as the primary P.R./media contact for specifically assigned men's and/or women's athletic teams (football and other assigned sports).
This role also produces and designs publications including, but not limited to, game notes, fact books, game recaps, award-winner releases and other print and virtual publications.
Direct public relations efforts and media services for football and other assigned sports.
Create and produce print and virtual content including fact books, game notes, press releases, social media content and graphics, game/match recaps, and award nominations for student-athletes and coaches. Update the university's athletics website with created and essential content.
Manage event operations and essential staff at events, including games/matches and press conferences. Manage duties including scoreboard operator, public address announcer, stat keepers and photographers. Serve as a liaison for members of the media covering the event. Work both home and road events for assigned sports.
Update social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Complete assigned projects from coaches and staff for assigned sports.
Position requires regular evening and weekend work, as well as travel to road games/matches, media events, etc.
Position is on call for coaches and media members and other athletics staff.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree is required. Master's preferred.
A minimum of three years of work experience in the athletics public relations field is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning, and time management skills. A strong focus on attention to detail is required.
Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Must also have knowledge of and/or experience with StatCrew and Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.).
Physical and Environmental Demands:
Sit for long periods of time
Handle objects (dexterity)
Carry/lift 25 lbs.
Deadline to Apply:
May 12, 2023
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SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.
SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.
Ranked among the Top 20% of best national universities by U.S. News and World Report, SMU is the only NCAA FBS program in Dallas, Texas, a top-5 media market. Since 2013, SMU has invested more than $250 million in athletics facilities, 12 of 17 programs have won at least one conference championship and 16 programs have made the postseason. With over a century of athletics tradition, SMU has won eight National Championships and 170+ Conference Championships and has posted 150+ NCAA Top-10 Finishes. SMU student-athletes have won over 100 individual National Championships and earned over 1,900 All-America honors. More information about SMU and its coaches, student-athletes and teams is available at SMUMustangs.com.