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Communications and Sports Information Specialist

The University of Saskatchewan is seeking a Communications and Sports Information Specialist to support Huskie Athletics and ensure the Huskies are an integral part of the USask story.

A matrix report to the University's Chief Athletics Officer (CAO) and Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications / Chief Communications officer, the preferred candidate would bring communications expertise and leadership and well as a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, intercollegiate athletics and their role in university life.

The Communications and Sports Information Specialist serves as the university's representative to the media for all intercollegiate athletics activities, working with athletics and coaching staff in planning, organizing, and coordinating brand, website, social media and sports information activities.

The specialist promotes and integrates Huskie Athletics within both the University and the community in collaboration with the institutional strategic communications team.

The Huskie Athletics Communications and Sports information Specialist is a key team member in the Huskies pursuit of athletic and academic greatness and delivering on its vision to be #1 in Canada.

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Primary Purpose: To lead and manage communications and sports information for Huskie Athletics, including implementing a strategic communications plan, managing media relations, marketing, brand, and sports information strategies, and developing and growing the digital communications platforms for Huskie Athletics, in close collaboration with USask's strategic communications team.

Nature of Work: The Communications and Sports Information Specialist is a key member of Huskie Athletics administration team, reporting to the Chief Athletics Officer (CAO) of Huskie Athletics with a matrix report to the AVP, Strategic Communications in University Relations. The work requires a proactive and strategic approach in a complex environment. The incumbent of this position must possess the ability to communicate effectively to reach a diverse audience through a variety of methods and communication mediums.

This position will be key in all the strategic internal and external communications, ensuring the positive reputation of both USask and Huskie Athletics is maintained. This is a high-volume position requiring the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, particularly during the competitive season from August through March. During this time, regular weekend and evening work outside of University business hours will be required. Dealing with competing deadlines and multitasking is the norm to ensure that each team is promoted and sports information needs are met. The working environment has continuous change, shifting priorities and frequent interruptions. Considerable discretion is required as the position is privy to and works with confidential or sensitive information.

Accountabilities:

  • Develop and implement a strategic communication plan for Huskie Athletics in concert with the University's strategic communications plans, creating enhanced exposure for the Huskie Athletics programs
  • including athletes and coaches
  • to build the profile and reputation of Huskie Athletics;
  • Provide sound and strategic advice, messaging, speaking notes, briefing documents, and issues management and crisis communications support to the CAO;
  • Develop, coordinate, edit all Huskie Athletics releases, stories, and communications, ensuring consistency and accuracy on all mediums, coordinated with USask strategic communications;
  • Ensure effective, reliable, and timely media relations for 15 athletic teams;
  • Responsible for ensuring the Huskie Athletics digital communications platforms
  • website, mobile app, and social media channels
  • are innovative, current and fan friendly;
  • Increasing the profile and brand of Huskie Athletics with creative ideation and collaboration;
  • Recruit, train and supervise sports information staff and ensure sports information and statistics are accurately recorded in accordance with Canada West and USPORTS standards;
  • Responsible for developing and implementing the Huskie Athletics social media strategy;
  • Ensure the Huskie Athletics brand guidelines are adhered to;
  • Incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion principles and considerations in drafting communications;
  • Measure effectiveness of communications plans and apply learning to future initiatives, with direction, guidance and support from University Relations;
  • Ensure all communication standards for Canada West and U SPORTS are met;
  • Provide media relations training to athletes and coaches;
  • Create and maintain a crisis communication plan for Huskie Athletics;
  • Manage budget for communications and sports information and ensure the effective use of resources;
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Huskie Athletics colleagues, local, regional and national media and other internal and external stakeholders;
  • Serve as a primary resource for sports information and communications across the University community;
  • Actively participate in multiple external stakeholder committees and conferences as appropriate;
  • Ensure appropriate integration with other units across the University campus and with other universities across Canada West and U SPORTS.

Qualifications

Education: An undergraduate degree in a related field of study with preference to Communications, Journalism, Sports Business Management, or equivalent.

Experience: A minimum of three years' experience in sports information, communications and/or media relations is required. Demonstrated experience in communications, media relations and the sport industry is essential. Experience in a multi-sport organization is an asset. The sports information director should have a thorough understanding of sport communications principles and have proven experience applying them in a complex environment. Knowledge of Huskie Athletics, the University of Saskatchewan, Canada West and U SPORTS, including their respective cultures, issues, goals and stakeholders is an asset. The position must possess the ability to write and edit sports stories in an effective and efficient manner. Skills: Effective and efficient verbal and written communications skills in all mediums; the ability to initiate and implement creative strategies that result in improvements to communications and media relations; the ability to recommend and implement innovative change strategies that result in the effectiveness of organizational systems and processes; the ability to analyze, use and interpret statistics related to sport; the ability to be persuasive and influential through the use of excellent oral, written and presentation skills; the ability to build and lead an effective team as a mentor and by example motivate; the ability to relate effectively with colleagues, coaches and staff; the ability to communicate effectively with media, alumni, sponsors, booster clubs, fans and the general public; proven success in an organization that is high profile and sports-oriented; the ability to manage and prioritize competing interests, projects and deadlines; demonstrated proficiency with contemporary computer applications, including website maintenance, student information system database, Adobe, Microsoft Office, Apple video editing.

Department: College of Kinesiology

Status: Permanent

Employment Group: ASPA

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1

Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $64,107.00

  • 100,169.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional

Salary Phase/Band: Phase 2

Posted Date: 6/30/2021

Closing Date: Until Filled

Number of Openings: 1

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan's main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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