Associate Director of Athletic Communications

Associate Director of Athletic Communications

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director of Athletic Communications

Job Profile Title
Assistant Coach/Athletic Administration

Job Description Summary
The Athletic Communications office is the most public element of the University's Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) and its 33 varsity programs, and is charged with the goal of positively promoting the University's nearly 1,000 student-athletes and more than 200 coaches, staff and athletic administrators.

Job Description


Primary media contact for at least three sports

Basically the front porch for the programs with which they work, as all external publicity for the programs comes from this office; coordinates and oversees all media-related responsibilities for their teams (primarily interviews with coaches and team members); oversees all elements of Penn website,, related to teams (game previews/recaps, roster/schedule management, features for video); social media and travel as necessary (see below); record keeper and archivist; works closely with their respective coaching staffs to provide the best information and most positive promotion of each program for all constituents including fans, alums, parents, recruits and their parents, and donors.

Social media

Penn Athletics has Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, and the Athletic Communications Office has sole propriety over their usage. In addition, every varsity program has social-media accounts on many if not all of the above networks. This person is in charge of overseeing and implementing a social-media strategy for the entire department in coordination with the communications, marketing, video content, and coaching staffs of our varsity programs. This includes direct oversight and execution of the main Penn Athletics accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coordinate game-day activities

Handles media requests including setting up parking and credentials; oversees execution of in-game stats; coordinates post-game interviews between on-site media and Penn players/coaches and visiting players/coaches as necessary.

Supporting outside DRIA departmental needs (development, marketing)

Among other things, this person coordinates with marketing to promote ticket events, ticket sales, student outreach through social media/website; coordinates media or social media/website coverage of Athletics-related development events, especially related to their sports; make sure the Ivy League Network and their personnel are taken care of for broadcasts of their sports; works with JMI to make sure we are fulfilling sponsorship obligations on social media and in gameday programs related to their sport; coordinates with facilities/operations for game-day operations (parking for media, TV/radio needs, etc.).

Travel with teams

Travels when necessary (i.e., TV game, NCAA competition, or any event that might warrant on-site coverage and/or is expected have a solid media presence).

Statistical support

Handles all statistics for their sports and properly archives and publishes (website, etc.) and maintains the record books.


A Bachelor's Degree is required, preferably in Communications or journalism; minimum 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior sports information experience preferred. Computer knowledge with desktop publishing and in-game statistics mandatory; strong grasp of AP style necessary for quality control of all publications. Knowledge of NCAA/Ivy League policies and procedures. Position requires frequent travel and willingness to work evenings/weekends/holidays as necessary. Valid driver's license required

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Targeted Pay Range:

Up to $54,000 commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $56,087.33
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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