Sports Information Director

McKendree University is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a full-time Sports Information Director for the Athletics Department at its Lebanon, IL campus. The Director of Sports Information will report directly to the Director of Athletics.

The Sports Information Director (SID) is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The SID is responsible for oversight of a comprehensive public relations program and serving as the primary media contact for McKendree University’s 36 athletic programs. The position will be in charge of distribution of all department related news releases, game statistics reporting, production of department publications, and other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Designs, writes, and oversees the production of printed promotional materials including catalogs, brochures, flyers, and program and media guides.
  • Writes and edits promotional materials including press releases, newsletters, programs, and brochures; gathers and compiles statistical information.
  • Responds to requests for information from media personnel and the public; distributes promotional materials, including flyers, brochures, and press kits; disseminates information via the appropriate media.
  • Plans, coordinates, and manages special events including press conferences, press luncheons, and athletic banquets.
  • Manages and supervises personnel to include hiring and performance management; provides guidance and training to personnel.
  • Travels with university athletic teams; provides information to representatives of the opponent's sports information office about the team, including updating starting lineups.
  • Coordinates and produces financial, budget, and other special reports, proposals, and analyses for management, to include monthly financial statements and/or funds distribution reports.
  • Develops and maintains close contact with local media and those who cover Great Lakes Valley Conference sports; organizes press conferences, sets up individual interviews, responds to questions, issues press credentials, and provides results and statistics of the university's non-revenue sports events.
  • Manages the press box at all home football games, including overseeing the statistics crew, addressing problems of media and press box employees, and screening all public service announcements.
  • Organizes and supervises photo sessions for all sports to provide head and shoulder photos of athletes and posed action shots.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Prepares & manages departmental operational budget.
  • Oversee maintenance of the athletics website (mckbearcats.com) enduring that all content is accurate, current and consistent with approved style guidelines.
  • Maintain historical records, including photography and video archives for the athletics department.
  • Game Day Setup.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor’s degree in sports management, communications, or similar field required; minimum three years’ experience in sports information or related field. Qualified candidate must have exceptional problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and ability to resolve issues under intense time constraints. Demonstrated excellence in sports journalism, oral and written communication skills and working knowledge of sport statistics software (Statcrew) are also required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to gather, manage and impart information to the media and various other internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of printing procedures and requirements.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or special events.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Media relations skills.
  • Knowledge of sporting press box procedures, techniques, facilities, and equipment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree preferred. Experience in print lay-out, desktop publishing, web page design and sport broadcasting is highly desired.

WORK HOURS/CONDITIONS:

The position requires the ability to handle an irregular work schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interviews will begin immediately. Qualified candidates should complete and submit the McKendree Employment Application and send a letter of interest referencing job #SID02 with a resume/CV to the Director of Human Resources at hr@mckendree.edu.           

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.