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Horizon League - Director of Communications

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Moderator1, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member


    The Director of Communications reports directly to the Associate Commissioner for Communications and Multimedia and is responsible for daily coordination of League communications. This is a full-time, 12-month position, beginning in July 2008.

    General responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    Provide direction, training and leadership for the League’s communications staff in conjunction with the Associate Commissioner for Communications and Multimedia. Areas of emphasis include communications with campus sports information staff members; local, regional and national media; NCAA staff and committee members, and production of various printed and electronic publicity/information pieces.

    Specific job responsibilities:
    * Promote and publicize all Horizon League activities, including awards
    recognition, championships, Horizon League platforms, Horizon League Network programming and institutional stories.
    * Serve as the primary contact for men’s basketball and other sports to be
    determined; generate updated statistics, write weekly release and reports,
    compile standings and maintain records for these sports on a regular basis.
    * Supervise communications staff in conjunction with Associate Commissioner for Communications and Multimedia.
    * Coordinate maintenance and updating of the League’s website at
    www.horizonleague.org .
    * Coordinate production of League media guides, all-sports record book, championship programs and other conference materials.
    * Complete NCAA statistical reports and maintain communication with NCAA sport committees.
    * Travel to and provide coverage of specific Horizon League championships.
    * Serve as a member of the media operations team for NCAA events hosted by
    the Horizon League, including the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional, 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four and 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

    Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing or related field preferred. Minimum of 3-5 years in athletics communications. Must be available to work nights and weekends. Some travel required. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word and internet usage. Basic knowledge of sports statistics.

    Submit letter of application, resume’, list of references, and 2-3 work samples to:
    Will Roleson, Associate Commissioner, Horizon League, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 237-5622, or wroleson@horizonleague.org. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference that sponsors 19 championship sports and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The League and its ten member institutions aspire to teach young people, through athletic competition, the value of learning, service to others and personal responsibility
  2. Wonder what a gig like this would pay? $70K?
  3. RabbitRun

    RabbitRun Guest

    Perhaps this is why this job is open:

  4. AgatePage

    AgatePage Active Member

  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Wow. But perhaps it would have been open before now?
  6. AreaMan

    AreaMan Member

    Holy jeebus. For that to happen is just ridiculous.
  7. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Had a similar situation in a somewhat smaller DI conference two years ago w/ women's basketball. League office was having trouble determining a three- or four-way tie breaker. The ASID at the school I covered -- said ASID was pretty good -- figured it out, saving the league a ton of headaches.

    I'm not applying for this gig, but how much credit would they give a journo with, say, 10 years experience? I've always been curious how strict some of these positions specifically want SID experience.
  8. Death

    Death Member

    Don't know, but this is a rising conference and its schools have made some noise recently. Have to think a position like this isn't out of the question for a writer with layout experience, an editor or copy editor. Maybe Moddy can answer, but I have to think a lot of the knowledge a sports journalist employs in a newspaper environment would translate fairly well.

    Looks like a combination of web work, writing, stats, design, editing, supervision and hitting deadlines. All in a day's work for most people in a sports department.

    I'd think a Director of Comm. position at a mid-major conference would pay at least 70-80K DOQ based on the job description. But then most people are shocked at what journalists make, too, so I could be wrong.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    The Horizon is not a mid-major. Really. The MAC, Mountain West, WAC now those are mid-majors. I think this is just a mid.
  10. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    And yet for the last three years it has finished ahead of at least one of the conferences you listed in RPI, and has placed a team in the Sweet 16 three times since 2003. Not too many mids can claim that.

    RPI ranks by Conference:

    7 Atlantic 10
    8 Missouri Valley
    9 Mountain West
    10 Conference USA
    11 Horizon League
    12 Mid American
    13 Colonial
    14 West Coast
    15 Sun Belt
    16 Patriot League
    17 Metro Atlantic
    18 Big West
    19 Southland
    20 Western Athletic

    6 Missouri Valley
    7 Big 12
    8 Mountain West
    9 Western Athletic
    10 Atlantic 10 Conference
    11 Conference USA
    12 Horizon League
    13 Colonial Athletic Association
    14 Mid American
    15 West Coast
    16 Big West

    6 Missouri Valley
    7 Pac 10
    8 Mountain West
    9 Western Athletic
    10 Colonial Athletic Association
    11 Atlantic 10
    12 West Coast
    13 Conference USA
    14 Metro Atlantic Athletic
    15 Horizon League
    16 Mid American
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Yea, the MAC really isn't a mid-major in basketball. Maybe in football, but not in basketball, not anymore.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    You are right. But football reigns supreme when it comes to college sports.
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