Augustana University (SD) is seeking qualified applicants for a graduate assistant in athletic marketing and fan experience for the 2019-2020 athletic year. The graduate assistant position is combined with a two-year graduate program in Sports Administration and Leadership, with a 12-month contract that will begin June 1, 2019. Upon successful completion of the 12-month commitment, candidate will receive a consecutive 12-month contract to fulfill the two-year graduate program requirement. Candidate must be accepted and enrolled in the graduate program at Augustana University (SD), prior to the Fall of 2019. The graduate assistant will report directly to the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Duties include, but are not limited to:
•implementation and execution of marketing and promotional plans for assigned sports
•coordinate and lead fan experience at football, basketball and other designated sports (i.e. music, scripts, videoboard, national anthem, halftime acts/on-court promotions, band, and spirit squad)
•oversee Viking Kids Club and mascot Ole
•create graphics for e-mail marketing, splash pages, flyers and videoboard & social media content to advertise promotions
•work with student-led support group SKOL
•lead and grow student marketing intern program
•assist with development of intro videos and other fan engaging videos
•assist with the fulfillment of corporate sponsorship agreements
•assist with the planning and execution of special athletic events
•assist with daily departmental needs and other tasks as assigned
Augustana University is located in the growing and vibrant city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a metro area of roughly 250,000 people. Augustana University has, for more than 150 years, provided a strong student-centric education based on its five core values: Christian faith, liberal arts, excellence, community and service. Currently with 19 NCAA Division II sports programs, Augustana Athletics is focused on building champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Consistently ranking in the top twenty of the Learfield Directors’ Cup for all of Division II, Augustana announced the approval by the Board of Trustees in December, 2018 of AU: Vision 2030, including a goal of transitioning to Division I intercollegiate athletics.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in marketing, business administration, sports management or related field. Prior experience in marketing (athletics or business), game management or promotions. Must possess excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to work evenings and weekends on a flexible schedule. Represent the University and Department of Athletics in a professional manner. Quick decision making and problem solving skills.
Experience in marketing and promotions of college athletics (Division I, II or III), specifically experience in creating a great fan experience. Demonstrated experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc.) as a marketing tool. Previous experience in graphic design, specifically with the Adobe Creative Suite.
TO APPLY: Email cover letter, resume, and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The review of applications will begin April 29, 2019.
Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
About Augustana University
Founded in 1860, Augustana University is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the university is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skills and advanced study. Augustana graduates are thought-leaders, problem-solvers and change-makers in communities throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
Augustana currently serves approximately 2,100 students from 33 states and 32 countries. Of those, 27% are student-athletes, and more than 1,600 are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. In fall 2017, the university saw its largest incoming freshman class since 1978.
Augustana currently participates in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics in ten women’s sports and nine men’s sports and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The NSIC is comprised of sixteen public and private institutions within a five-state region, including South Dako...ta, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa, that are diverse in size and program. Successful conference membership requires both leadership and cooperation among member institutions while maintaining strict compliance with university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations.
The Augustana Vikings routinely rank among the top-10 schools in DII for academics and athletics. Over the last decade, recent accomplishments include: two NCAA national championships, including Men’s Basketball in 2016, seven straight seasons of top-15 finishes in the Learfield Cup Standings, and four seasons as the NSIC’s top athletic program.
Sioux Falls, SD, is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The city has a population of more than 178,000 and more than 260,000 in the metropolitan statistical area. Sioux Falls offers a robust economy, countless outdoor activities, support for athletics programs at all academic levels and a vibrant entertainment scene.