James Madison University, a Division I Member of the NCAA and Sun Belt Conference, is seeking an Athletics Communication Assistant. The position will run from approximately July 24, 2023 through June 10, 2024. Renewable for an additional 12 months by mutual decision.
This is a part-time wage position working up to 1,500 hours over the measurement period of May 1st – April 30th, at $14.50 an hour. This position is not eligible for benefits. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include but are not limited to: Assisting the Athletics Communication staff with coverage of 18 Division I sports with an emphasis on digital and social media; responsibilities will include a coverage of a fall sport (likely volleyball or secondary football) and a spring sport (lacrosse or softball) alongside significant contributions to men’s and women’s basketball coverage; collaborating with communications and other external relations staff on digital content development related to assigned sports; responsibility for game notes, game programs, website updates and social media content for assigned sports; and ensuring compliance with all relevant institutional, Sun Belt and NCAA rules. Emphasis is placed on constantly-evolving strategies and methods for content and promotion of an athletics program in the current digital age.
Some experience (academic year considered) in an intercollegiate or professional sports team’s communications office, student assistant or internship experience is acceptable
Must possess good writing and editing ability and knowledge of AP writing style
Desktop publishing experience, preferably InDesign; as well as, Photoshop;
Knowledge of various web software programs, game operations and various Stat Crew statistical programs.
Must be highly motivated, energetic and be able to manage a work schedule that includes some weekend work.
A bachelor’s degree
Condition(s) of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
This is a part-time wage position working an average of 29 hours per week over the course of a calendar year with no benefits.
E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
James Madison University Athletics moves to the Sun Belt Conference (Division I, FBS Group of Five) as of July 1 and sponsored 18 sports (12 women's and 6 men's). The department boasts over 150 employees with a communications staff consisting of five full-time and two part-time individuals. JMU as a university is located in Harrisonburg, Va. and is moving to R2 research status and has 22,000 students enrolled, primarily at the undergraduate level.