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Intern - Athletic Communications

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University of Arkansas

Location
Fayetteville, AR

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Fayetteville

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Position Information

Posting Number

HS470P

Quick Link for Posting

Working Title

Intern - Athletic Communications

Department

Publicity

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance, as well as 12 official holidays and a choice of retirement programs.

About the College/Department

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Arkansas sponsors 19 varsity sports programs (eight men’s and 11 women’s). These 19 programs include more than 460 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). As the only mascot of its kind in college athletics, the Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as Hogs, compete in the NCAA’s Division I (FBSin football) and are a current member of the Southeastern Conference in the Western Division. The mission of the Razorback Athletic Department is to assist in the development of student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics.

Department Home Page

www.arkansasrazorbacks.com


Job Type

Hourly/Student

Summary of Job Duties

The Athletic Communications Intern is a 12-month paid internship within the University of Arkansas Athletics Department. The primary responsibilities are to assist the Arkansas Communications Office and others in the operation of image building to positively impact and elevate the Arkansas Razorback brand. In addition, the position will support the Arkansas Communications Office in communications-related and reputation management areas, which include the following:

Strategic Communications

Provide support in developing communications strategies that will broaden visibility and reach and enhance the brand of assigned sports

Track media relations efforts, media coverage, competition coverage, social media, communication and events to promote a positive brand image

Research and write fact sheets, briefing documents, press releases, media alerts, social media and other related content

Media and Messaging

Work with staff to ensure powerful messaging and brand consistency across communications vehicles, including ArkansasRazorbacks.com, email, collateral materials
and social media

Assist in guiding the strategic and consistent use of opportunities for the program including developing and maintaining relationships with local and national media

Communications Support

Assist Associate and Assistant Directors of Communications on communications-related opportunities and strategies as assigned

Provide collateral support in drafting, editing, proofing, fact-checking, securing photos, etc.

Contribute creatively in meetings to develop new concepts and approaches

Provide support in proactively promoting members of assigned sports for post-season awards

Staff and assist in communications efforts at all competitive events for assigned sports and other sports as assigned

Assist in the management of student workers in the Communications office

The position also includes substantial responsibilities for the maintenance of the department’s official website, ArkansasRazorbacks.com, including writing game stories, advances and features, coordinating interview requests, producing publications, the production of game notes and game programs and game-day operations as well as other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Experience in using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization’s core messages

Associated Press-style writing skills and proficiency in layout and design software (Photoshop and InDesign)

General understanding of several sports

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)?

No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or a related field

Prior experience in a collegiate sports information environment

Familiarity with statistical software (The Automated Scorebook, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Superb strategy, writing, editing, and communications skills

Ability to both work independently and take direction from others, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines

Collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, professional demeanor and enthusiastic attitude

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Work Schedule

20 hours per week (schedule may vary based on need, including early mornings, weekends, and evenings)

Overtime Eligible

Yes

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.

Yes

Work Location/Building

Fayetteville Campus - Athletic Department

Benefits Eligible

No

Appointment Percent

0

Salary/Hourly Range

Commensurate with education and experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check?

No

Does this position require a background check?

Yes

If yes, please specify

Criminal background check

Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test?

No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date

05/30/2018

Open Until Filled

No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for hourly postings)

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources

ADMN222

(479) 575-5351

Askhr.uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number).

Hiring Location

222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting

No

City, St.

Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

*Do you have experience using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization's core messages?

Yes

No

*Do you have associated press-style writing skills and proficiency in layout and design software (Photoshop and InDesign)?

Yes

No

*Do you have a general understanding of several sports?

Yes

No

*Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or a related field?

Yes

No

*Do you have prior experience in a collegiate sports information environment?

No experience

Less than 1 year of experience

1 to 2 years of experience

2 or more years of experience

*Do you have experience with statistical software (The Automated Scorebook, etc.)?

Yes

No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

Resume

Cover Letter/Letter of Application

List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)

Optional Documents

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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University of Arkansas
Website : http://www.uark.edu

Company Profile
The University of Arkansas boasts a tradition unique among the nation's universities: Senior Walk, consisting of more than three miles of sidewalks crisscrossing campus that are engraved with the names of more than 150,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It’s concrete proof of the university’s commitment to our students. That 'students-first' philosophy is a big reason why the U of A is consistently ranked among the nation's top public research universities and best values. We work hard to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes plenty of personal attention and mentoring opportunities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as having "the highest possible level of research," placing us among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

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