The Assistant Director of Communications in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reports to the Director of Communications and Operations. In conjunction with the goals and vision of the University, the Assistant Director of Communications will help develop and assist with an athletic communications program that successfully promotes MSU Billings student-athletes, coaches, and the athletics department in all appropriate venues, and increases public participation in local, state, and national recognition of Yellowjacket Athletics. In addition, the person in this position assists with the setup and management of each home athletic event, as assigned.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:•Strong writing background with proven experience in game reporting, feature article writing, and other forms of sports writing•Knowledge of print, broadcast, and web communications principles and strategies•Knowledge of media relations practices•Knowledge of sports and athletic programs•Competence in Stat Crew software for the following sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Softball•Familiarity with marketing and promotional principles and strategies•Ability to implement university policies, procedures, and practices•Ability to promote Athletics through multiple media, marketing, advertising, public relations, and promotional strategies•Experience using social media to effectively execute marketing strategies•Ability to collect, compile, and report sports data and information•Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including news media representatives, coaches, faculty, student-athletes, and others•Ability to operate a personal computer keyboard and/or computer terminal for data analysis and compilation, and for the preparation of articles, reports, and other materials•Skill in oral and written communication•Skill in interpersonal relations
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, advertising, or closely related field
Competent with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Stat Crew knowledge and experience in volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer
Master’s degree in related field
Experience in sports marketing
Experience in sports information, communications, marketing and/or public relations
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, Light Room, etc.)
Experience conducting on-camera interviews both as a third-party and as an on-camera host
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience
Internal Number: 1897JUN
About Montana State University Billings
Montana State University Billings is a comprehensive public four-year higher education institution located in Montana's largest population center, whose faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, creative endeavors and public service. MSU Billings is unique in that it is one of a select few higher education institutions that also boasts an embedded two-year community college.
The University opened in 1927 and was initially called Eastern Montana State Normal School at Billings and was established to prepare teachers for elementary schools in eastern Montana. MSU Billings has grown, with the city of Billings and Yellowstone County, into the major urban comprehensive higher education center of south central and eastern Montana. The University campus consists of four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Allied Health Professions. Seven miles west of the University campus sits City College at MSU Billings, which serves the comprehensive two-year mission of the university.
MSU Billings Yellowjacket Athletics program is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and competes at... the NCAA Division II level with men’s and women’s varsity teams in basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis and golf; plus women’s volleyball, women’s softball and men’s baseball (17 NCAA championship sports) and a co-educational cheer team.