The Big Sky Conference, an NCAA Division I FCS conference located near Salt Lake City, Utah, is seeking a dynamic Associate/Assistant Commissioner of Communications and External Relations. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the conference’s storytelling and brand-building efforts, and will oversee the conference’s communications, digital and video, marketing, promotional, and sports information outreach.
The successful candidate will possess at least five years of full-time experience in sports communications, marketing, and/or journalism. This person must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Candidates must have a demonstrated history of being creative, taking initiative, and collaborating with fellow staff members and institutional personnel. The candidate will support the Big Sky Conference, its member institutions, and their staff members to promote and enhance the league’s student-athletes and coaches through press releases, videos, photos, social media, and marketing and branding initiatives.
This position will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner and will supervise three full-time positions – two Directors of Communications plus a Director of Broadcast and Digital Media – as well as a part-time intern.
This position will serve as the primary communications contact for a number of assigned sports. With special attention to digital and social media, the successful candidate should be highly organized, detail-oriented, and a strong and eager communicator who aspires to be a great teammate and possesses the ability to manage and complete numerous assignments in a timely manner.
Essential functions include:
Create, guide, and post content for the Conference across all platforms, including the official website and social media accounts
Supervise a staff to work efficiently, collaboratively, and creatively
Serve as the media relations liaison for the Big Sky Conference office and a selected number of sports (to be determined, as will assignments for the staff)
Work collaboratively with Conference sports administrators and championship managers for assigned sports, and continually and consistently communicate information to enhance the perception of the Conference, its member institutions, student-athletes, and coaches
Work with institutional communications contacts to brainstorm and produce innovative and engaging content for social media platforms, including GIFs, animations, short videos, and other social media-specific content
Provide social media oversight for assigned sports; graphic design experience strongly preferred
Manage the day-to-day aspects of assigned sports, including but not limited to statistics, weekly releases and awards; all-conference awards, record books, and updates to BigSkyConf.com and social media accounts
Coordinate all communications responsibilities for Conference-wide programming as well as sponsorship fulfillment with Learfield IMG College
Oversee in-game promotions and marketing plan for the Conference’s championships, including ticket sales for the men’s and women’s basketball championships in Boise
Provide administrative support for in-person and virtual meetings related to the member schools’ communications directors, external relations, and coaches’ meetings
Ability to travel to select events
Ability to demonstrate creativity in both writing and visual content
Ability to work individually as well as in both small- and large-group settings
The annual salary range will be low- to mid-$60k, and salary and title will be commiserate with experience of successful candidate
Employer contribution of 10% percent of salary to TIAA retirement plan
Health, dental, life, and disability insurance
Some relocation expenses will be provided
Applicants should send one email – with separate PDFs of a resume, letter of interest, and at least three professional references – to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will begin to be reviewed on April 19 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Big Sky Conference is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees. As such, members of all underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply to join our team.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere Pro
Working knowledge in planning, managing, and executing creative and dynamic social and digital media communication initiatives
Strong interpersonal skills and leadership aptitude
Ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines
Significant experience with Adobe After Effects and Audition
Knowledge of NCAA Live Stats, Genius, Stat Crew, Hy-Tek, StatBroadcast, and Sidearm
About Big Sky Conference
About the Big Sky Conference: Founded in 1963, the Big Sky Conference is a NCAA Division I conference competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. With 165 teams representing 15 institutions in 16 sports (seven men’s, nine women’s), the Big Sky prides itself on its “#ExperienceElevated” platform that emphasizes the unique traits and lifelong benefits that the conference and its member institutions provide to around 4,000 student-athletes each year.
The conference has 11 full members (Eastern Washington University; the University of Idaho; Idaho State University; the University of Montana; Montana State University; Northern Arizona University; the University of Northern Colorado; Portland State University; California State University, Sacramento; Southern Utah University; and Weber State University) located in eight states across the western United States, plus two football affiliate members (California Polytechnic State University and the University of California, Davis) and two men’s golf affiliate members (Binghamton University and the University of Hartford). Conference members have won 10 NCAA championships, including seven in football by five different members as wel...l as three consecutive titles by NAU men’s cross country from 2016-18.
For more information, visit BigSkyConf.com and the Big Sky’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at @BigSkyConf.