Employment Opportunities at ACU

At Abilene Christian University, you will find more than a job. You will find a workplace where you can impact the lives of more than 5,200 students who are being educated as Christ-centered global leaders each year. The university has been recognized as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education for 11 years. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment, expansive opportunities for professional and personal development, and an emphasis on our core Christian values. Explore these postings for the Abilene campus and Dallas branch to find the right fit for you.

NOTE: ACU is currently accepting applications for *all posted positions*. Student employees should apply now for positions for the fall semester.

Some faculty and staff positions on the Abilene campus may be subject to a hiring pause as a response to the continuously changing circumstances involving COVID-19. For additional information or assistance, contact tiffany.badon@acu.edu.

At Abilene Christian University, you will find more than a job. You will find a workplace where you can impact the lives of more than 5,200 students who are being educated as Christ-centered global leaders each year. The university has been recognized as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education for 11 years. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment, expansive opportunities for professional and personal development, and an emphasis on our core Christian values. Explore these postings for the Abilene campus and Dallas branch to find the right fit for you.

NOTE: ACU is currently accepting applications for *all posted positions*. Student employees should apply now for positions for the fall semester.

Some faculty and staff positions on the Abilene campus may be subject to a hiring pause as a response to the continuously changing circumstances involving COVID-19. For additional information or assistance, contact tiffany.badon@acu.edu.

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Assistant AD for Communications

Apply now Job no: 492972
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Staff

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Assistant AD for Communications
Posting Location Abilene, TX
Department Athletics
Employee Class Exempt Full-time
Basic Responsibilities
  1. Foundational responsibilities will include:

    1. Develop creative content and cohesive storytelling promoting ACU Athletics

    2. Increase brand awareness

    3. Develop a social media plan for main ACU Sports and team accounts

    4. Build relationships and communicate with teams and coaches

    5. Team statistics and record keeping

    6. Manage ACU Sports website

    7. Coordinate with university staff on strategic communications initiatives

    8. Coordinate traditional media relations – news coverage, press conferences

    9. Coordinate ESPN+ and radio broadcasts

Essential Duties
  1. Develop creative content and cohesive storytelling promoting ACU Athletics

    • Responsible for leading communications unit in producing external content for website and social media channels.

    • Increase brand awareness

 

  1. Develop a social media plan for main ACU Sports and team accounts

    • Develop a comprehensive social media calendar with regular content to promote ACU athletics and individual teams

 

  1. Build relationships and communicate with teams and coaches

    • Work with coaches to assist in recruiting, fan and alumni engagement through social media content

 

  1. Team statistics and record keeping

    • Compilation and maintenance of statistics and results

    • Produce record books, media guides, game programs and game notes

    • Record keeping for Hall of Fame and department awards

    • Manage and assure accurate and complete statistics for same-day game coverage by news media, for historical purposes and for reporting to conference and nation organizations. 

 

  1. Manage ACU Sports website – ACUSports.com

    • News releases

    • Daily maintenance of content associated with and relating to the ACU athletic website, ACU athletics Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

  1. Coordinate with university staff on strategic communication initiatives

 

  1. Coordinate traditional media relations – news coverage, press conferences

    • Responsible for being the primary contact select teams

    • Work with news media at ACU events to provide the best possible press box services to ensure adequate coverage.

    • Maintain good relationships with the news media and create an atmosphere of trust and respect.

 

  1. Coordinate ESPN+ and radio broadcasts

    • Work collaboratively with campus partners for ESPN+ broadcasts

    • Schedule radio broadcasts with station and appropriate staff

Professional Development Requirements
  1. Skills

  1. Understand and desire to promote positive stories through various creative mediums

  2. Strong writing/proofreading/editing skills, preferable journalistic writing experience

  3. Project management and teamwork skills 

  4. Supervisory skills (other university employees, student employees, volunteers, event staff, etc.)

  5. Knowledge of athletics statistic software

  6. Exceptional oral and written communication skills

 

  1. Training Modules Required

  1. Continuous desire to improve in storytelling, video, photography and graphic design

  2. Continuous improvement of project management/time management skills

  3. Marketing/integrated marketing

  4. Annual writing/creative training, writing/PR/media sports relations conferences

  5. Web publishing

Qualifications
  1. Professional

  1. Minimum of bachelor’s degree with proven writing/editing abilities.

  2. At least 3 years of responsible experience in communications, sports marketing or in a sports information office, with some supervisory or management experience preferred.

  3. Demonstrated knowledge of content creation and storytelling.

  4. Demonstrated commitment to accuracy and quality of work.

  5. Experience with appropriate software for writing, web design, video editing, photography, creative design and statistical record keeping.

  6. Broad understanding of/and interest in numerous sports.

 

  1. Personal

  1. Christian integrity

  2. Disciplined, enthusiastic self-starter

  3. Ability to work and interact well with coaches, staff, student athletes, administration, media and other external audiences

  4. Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills

  5. Commitment to quality

  6. Strong work ethic

  7. Organizational skills/ability to balance multiple projects and tight deadlines

  8. Extensive travel

  9. Loyal

  10. Ability to handle pressure

Physical Demands
  1. Able to endure extended periods of sitting and typing at computer terminal

  2. Able to reach and climb to reach files

  3. Extended periods of walking and climbing stairs

  4. Able to communicate with various audiences on the phone, in person and via computer

  5. Able to lift heavy boxes 

  6. Able to lift chairs and tables and equipment necessary to arrange for press conferences and other events.

  7. Able to drive to athletic event locations

  8. Able to represent ACU at conferences

  9. Irregular work hours/long days, weeknight hours and weekends.

  10. Extended travel, i.e. same-day, 1-2 day, week long, etc trips.

  11. Exposed to extreme weather conditions 

Additional Information

ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

 

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