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Position description

Position title: Sports Information director

Reports to: Director of Athletics

Position summary:

The Sports Information Director designs and produces all game programs, game notes and some promotional material for the athletic department. Manage athletic department web page and social media platforms, supervise all game day sports information staff and compile and distribute sports statistics for all team competitions to meet NCAA and GNAC rules and regulations.

Mission and strategic plan

The Sports Information position plays an integral part in the Saint Martin’s community as a link between SMU and our on and off campus communities. The position works with university staff, members of the media, community members, boosters and family members with the SID connecting all parties. The SID extends the Benedictine hospitality in all communications creating a positive venue for athletes and athletics in representing the university. The SID will demonstrate a commitment to the University’s core values of Faith, Reason, Service and Community.

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

General Supervision: The employee carries out recurring assignments without specific instruction. The supervisor intercedes and provides direction for only new or unusual problems which involve deviations from normal policies, procedures and work methods. The employee’s work is reviewed upon completion and only periodically to verify compliance with policies and procedures.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Events

  • Assist in the coordination of on-campus and off-campus athletic events (games, invitationals, tournaments, etc.)
  • Hire, train and evaluate game-day staff (announcers, statisticians, clock operators, and video staff.)
  • Work with other Sports Information Directors to satisfy team and sports information needs for road games.

Information Management

  • Compile and distribute sports statistics for all team competitions to meet GNAC and NCAA requirements. Taking game statistics from each contest at home and for away games and submitting them meeting the established timelines.
  • Compile statistical information and convert to appropriate format for web and other information sources.
  • Upkeep of rosters, schedules, scores and stats.
  • Upkeep of coaching biographies and records.
  • Archiving of season and cumulative stats.

Media/Communications

  • Ensure athletic events are regularly presented to the media. Report game scores and events to local newspapers, TV stations and electronic media. Work with all coaches and the Athletic Director to release team information at the appropriate time to media outlets. Coordinate with coaches information for press releases, post game quotes, and special interests stories involving student athletes.
  • Evaluate means and ways of getting sports information to staff, athletes, media and alumni.
  • Work closely with marketing & communications and IT department to effectively produce top quality resources for disseminating sports information. Design and produce schedules, game day flyers, programs, and other printed material regarding the teams, games and events. Produce quality written materials for release to media outlets and conference office.
  • Responsible for running social media platforms for SMU athletics including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Website

  • Maintain and develop the athletic department web page. This may mean adding current scores, providing information about players and games and promotion of upcoming contests.
  • Ensure the information and presentation of web site accurately reflects and communicates the mission and testimony of athletes and Saint Martin's University.
  • Perform daily upkeep of season previews, outlooks, and home pages.
  • Upkeep of content and athletically related stories.
  • Maintain relevant and appropriate information on athletic department and staff.
  • Ongoing evaluation as to the effectiveness of information and content communicated.
  • Timely reporting of athletic events, upkeep of history and general information.
  • Schedule team and individual pictures to post on website.

Other Functions

  • Serves on the SMU Hall of Fame Committee.
  • Serves as the SAAC Advisor.
  • Works to develop in-game promotions for SMU home events.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
  • Experience working in a sport media position requiring previous interaction with athletic teams, coaches, athletes and media outlets preferred.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Experience working with StatCrew, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office.

Competencies

  • Demonstrates through knowledge of GNAC and NCAA rules and regulation.
  • Thinks critically about sports information and the role it plays in accomplishing the goals and mission of Saint Martin’s University.
  • Evaluates internal controls and means to provide the most effective communication of sports information to staff, athletes, alumni and media.
  • Composes athletic reports and stories at a media worthy level.
  • The ability to produce quality materials for release to media outlets meeting strict deadlines. This entails working with on and off campus groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with complex information and situations required. The ability to communicate with a wide variety of people from student athletes, boosters and the outside community.
  • Possess the skills to problem solve and start projects requiring the ability to work independently or in a team situation providing leadership and direction.
  • Must be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moves objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Communicates orally with athletes in a face-face, one-to-one setting.
  • Communicates orally with athletes and the general public in a group setting (gives instructions, information and responds to questions).
  • Must be capable of working in a stressful work environment.
  • Must be able to report to work on time according to a schedule.
  • Must be capable of working and communicating effectively with coaches and staff.
  • Draws or charts, schedules, graph.
  • Uses graphic instructions, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids.
  • Measures distance using a tape measurer calibrated instruments.
  • Lifts arm above shoulder level.
  • Coordinates the movement of more than one limb simultaneously.
  • Bends or stoops repeatedly or continually over time.
  • Operates a motor vehicle requiring a standard Drivers License.
  • Moves light objects (less than 20 pounds) short distances (20 feet or less).
  • Comprehends and makes inferences from written material.
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503
360-491-4700
CJohnson@stmartin.edu

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.