Human Resources

Director of Athletic Communication

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Department: General Athletics
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Athletics/Recreation, Marketing/Communications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

This is a 12-month full time appointment, reporting to the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations. The Director of Athletic Communications, working within the external relations team, primary responsibility is to publicize Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation and assigned sports. The candidate should be a creative and motivated individual, eager for hands on experience in the areas of media relations, graphic design, video and digital and social media.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Tell the story of Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation to multiple internal and external audiences through various means.
2. Develop strong relationships with local, regional and national media.
3. Create, write, capture, edit, and/or design all collateral material to successfully promote assigned sports: Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Football, and others assigned upon hiring
4. Maintain and through a content management system.
5. Compile statistics and serve as record keeper for assigned sports.
6. Nominate student-athletes for conference, regional and national awards for assigned sports.
7. Travel with assigned sports (as listed above) to select away from campus events.
8. Maintain and run social media accounts for assigned sports.
9. Film and produce videos (assigned sports) – including weekly coach’s updates and feature videos.
10. Assist with the promotion of Michigan Tech Recreation, the Outdoor Adventure Program, and Intramural initiatives and events.
11. Work with the external relations team to plan and organize various banquets, luncheons, student work schedules, publication schedules, and other special events.
12. Produce game programs and other publications for assigned sports.
13. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.
14. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
15. Ensure compliance with all applicable university, state, and federal regulations.
16. Produce Huskies Club marketing materials and donor fulfillment supplies.
17. Functional supervision may be exercised over clerical support staff, graduate students and student assistants.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, Communications or related field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Two years experience in a collegiate sports information office or closely related field
• Experience working with graphic design and publication software
• Experience working with statistics software
• Experience with content management systems for the web
• Experience in videography
• Experience with various social media platforms

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Public speaking and/or radio broadcasting experience
• Experience in photography and graphic design

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
• Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
• Demonstrated willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours
• Proven experience in the use and development of the World Wide Web and social media
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty and staff

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Required Departmental Training: 

• CPR/First Aid

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Assistant Athletic Director - Media Relations

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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