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Athletic Communication Assistant
DATE:   9/22/2014
JOB TITLE:   Athletic Communication Assistant
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Asst. Athletic Director of Communication and Special Events
DEPARTMENT:   Athletics
SECTOR:   Presidenti


Under general/routine supervision, the Athletic Communication Assistant – Public Relations/Publications assists in the collection and dissemination of information on Niagara University’s intercollegiate athletic teams. The Athletic Communication Assistant – Public Relations/Publications office produces website content, distributes media releases, serves as the primary media contacts, compiles records and statistics and completes the necessary reports for the NCAA, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Atlantic Hockey Association, and other areas.

  • Responsible for writing daily coverage of 18 intercollegiate sports
  • Design and write game programs, brochures and media guides
  • Write press releases
  • Design and produce communications and marketing materials for department
  • Supervise game-day media relations operations
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • Act as the media liaison between the Niagara coaches and student-athletes and the regional and national media
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


50%  Prepare and disseminate information about athletic teams and serve as media liaison for his or her specific teams;

20%   Manage and coordinate publicity for department with regional and local media;

20%  Design and write publications for department’s athletic teams;

5%   Compile and file reports, records and statistics with the NCAA, MAAC, AHA offices;

5%    Other duties as assigned


1)    Ability to work non-traditional business hours.

2)    Ability to travel for extended periods when necessary.

3)Sufficient manual dexterity to handle various office machines including but not limited to: computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, copy machine and fax.

4)Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone.

5)    Strong writing skills along with knowledge of layout and design.

6)    Knowledge of computer software applications.

7)    Knowledge and interest in sports.

8)  Ability to carry 20 pounds of equipment and supplies to game sites.

9)    Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


1)    Bachelor's degree in related field is desired.

2)  A minimum of two years’ experience in media relations or related field is required.

3)A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. 

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Megan Altman-Cosgrove, Interim Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8314, mcosgrove@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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