The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a student-athlete experience intern (NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship) beginning October 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2021. This innovative leader will help the department implement a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student-athletes. The intern will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership. These programs and strategies will include deliberate efforts to support diversity and inclusion efforts of the department. In line with the institutional priorities of the college, we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
FOCUS: As a student experience intern, gain a broad-based understanding of all aspects of student experience/development, communications, and athletic department general operations.
Work with the Associate Athletic Director for Communications, the Communications Team, and the Sr. Associate Athletic Director to create a program strategy that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership.
Implementation of social media strategy
Play a role in implementation of department wide social media strategy
Development of program strategy that highlights s/a experience, accolades, leadership on the Colby Athletics site
Benchmark against programs of excellence (ie. see. Tennessee, Oregon….) to develop strategy
Present benchmarking findings to Sr. Associate AD and Associate AD for Comm.
Develop implementation plan to launch presence.
Develop presence for leadership program and student athlete experience on Colby’s website.
Create a plan, structure, calendar, and ongoing communication strategy for the Student-Athlete Awards and Accolades including, but not limited to:
Develop yearly calendar for awards and awards solicitations
Awards include, but are not limited to the following: NESCAC Awards (ie sportsmanship, academic), NCAA Awards, Regional Awards, Weekly Player of the Week Awards, Sr. Athletics Awards, National/Global Awards
Work with Associate AD for Business and Associate AD for communications for planning and execution of student athlete awards events.
Develop relationships with student athletes and learn job roles of Athletics communications and Athletics Staff members for insights to extract and convey Info for feature stories:
Work on development of relationships, learning roles, and creation of understanding of how to leverage those relationships, roles, and insights to move to extraction of info that could lead to stories. Work with Associate AD for Communications on how to take ideas and move them stories.
Summary of Areas:
Social Media:Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Story Topics with: Bullets Questions, and Answers
STUDENT ATHLETE EXPERIENCE (40%) Work with Sr. Associate Athletic Director to create a comprehensive and sustainable student-athlete development program.
Develop and implement comprehensive Leadership Development program to enhance student-athlete experience
Refine & Launch Program
Work with Leadership Development Committee
Learn how to draft leadership curriculum plans from scratch
Draft and further develop curriculum, programming, and workshops
Plan with Team for curriculum implementation
Work on ongoing implementation plan
Work with Sr. Associate AD and Associate AD for Communications to plan for program Launch and Communications
Create and communicate programming calendar
Implement programming and curriculum
Communicate programming details to student athletes, coaches, administrators, and as appropriate, greater campus and Waterville communities
Work with a team of people to lead programming and curriculum for students
Serve as an advisor to Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Enhance SAAC’s growth, presence, and impact on campus
Guide SAAC on development and execution of goals
Guide SAAC to develop a yearly calendar of events, including beginning and end of the year events.
Ensure SAAC is involved in campus leadership.
Have a presence with SAAC committee and leadership, attending meetings and coordinating with co-presidents and executive team.
Implement and refine plan to orient new student athletes to campus.
Serve as a liaison for Jan Plan activities.
Serve as a liaison to Student Activities group.
Refine calendar and develop a plan (in conjunction with Awards work) for solicitation, in coordination with Administrative Team, Faculty Athletic Representative, and coaches, for student athletes, for NCAA internships and grant opportunities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Serve as committee member and work on responsibilities to support committee work and committee chair.
Ensure DEI strategies are implemented for student experience and communications areas.
Support execution of departmental DEI Action Plan.
Serve as support to Student Athlete of Color Committee in coordination with committee advisors.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES (20%): Assist department in areas as requested including game day operations and other events.
OUTCOMES: Intern creates:
A comprehensive student-athlete development program for student-athletes including: SAAC, Captains, Leadership Council, Emerging Leaders Programming must include goals that focus on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for student-athletes.
Support the development of a departmental strategy for social media.
A communications program strategy that highlights student athlete experiences, and accolades, and leadership.
Build a departmental strategy for student athlete awards and accolades.
Build a website presence around student athlete experience and leadership.
Intern’s ability to find employment in industry.
Number of areas within the department and College that student is exposed to and works with over the course of the internship.
Mastery of skills in development of communications strategies and student-athlete development programming.
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: This position has significant interaction with students, faculty, staff, coaches, administrators, media, and external constituents.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Operates on turf, grass, ice arena, and gymnasium. General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, movement, climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 lbs., and computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Frequent travel and early morning/evening/weekend work is required.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:
Student-Athlete Experience Intern – Search Committee Office of Human Resources Colby College 5500 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901-8855
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; degree in sports management/marketing, journalism, communications, marketing, or similar field preferred
Familiarity with NCAA Division III and conference regulations (NESCAC) preferred
Experience with diversity and inclusion programming preferred
Previous engagement with or in a leadership development program
Ability to develop programming/educational curriculum and content
Organized and detail-oriented
Strong self-initiative and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and minimal supervision
Ability to effectively communicate with local, regional, and national media
Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail including the ability to detect grammatical and spelling errors
Aptitude for collaborating with others, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
Ability to exercise significant independent judgment
Proficiency with utilization of trending social media platforms
Experience with video production software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Avid non-linear editing, and Adobe After Effects/ Premier/ Creative Suite
Ability to apply web design principles and techniques to the creation and enhancement of integrated, complex websites
Willingness to comply with NCAA regulations and to work extended hours beyond the typical business day, nights and weekends throughout the academic year, and travel as required
Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
About Colby College
Colby is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 28 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level, and four programs (men’s and women’s alpine and nordic skiing) that complete at the Division I level within the EISA (Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association). The department also hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. More than one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports and, in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.
The College just completed the construction of a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex, opening this fall, which is destined to be among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center includes an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength and fitness center, training rooms, and coaching suites. Additionally, the College recently opened a 70-acre-plus outdoor competition center that consists of three gleaming new competition and recreational fields that are also among the finest... outdoor venues in Division III. The Quarry Road trail system, located minutes from campus is home to our nordic team. With snowmaking, lights, and grooming it is one of the top nordic ski race and training venues in the Northeast. In the non-snow months it is a great biking and running venue. Located in central Maine, the College has incredible access to other outdoor venues such as the Belgrade Lakes and Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, one of the premier ski destinations on the east coast.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.
For more information about the College, please visit the Colby web site: www.colby.edu.