The Assistant Director of Marketing & Fan Engagement will play an integral role working closely with the Associate AD for Marketing in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for the Athletics Department with focus on creating memorable and exciting fan experiences while fostering innovative and collaborative efforts to engage students, staff, alumni, sponsors, donors and prospective fans of Rhode Island Athletics.
•Develop and implement initiatives to increase student attendance and engagement at athletic events specifically for men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football while working closely with Student Affairs, Greek Life and Resident Life.
•Plan, direct and execute game production efforts for men’s basketball, football, and baseball including the creation of game scripts, music/band, promotions, video, cheer/mascot and on-court presentations; while overseeing external fan engagement staff.
•Coordinate weekly external meetings working closely with Athletic Communications, Athletic Development, Ryan Center departments - Facilities, Box Office, Ticket Sales, and Event Services as well as Rhody Sports Properties (Learfield).
•Collaborate with department’s multi-media rights holder, Rhody Sports Properties (Learfield), to develop entertaining in-game promotions and activation of sponsorships.
•Facilitate all marketing and promotional efforts for volleyball as well as assisting Marketing Assistant with women’s basketball including conducting meetings with coaches and other departments, developing game day atmosphere content as well as coordination of video and photo shoots.
•Develop and implement community and campus outreach programming for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football and volleyball with the assistance of the Director of Marketing as well as Athletic Communications Department and Athletic Academic Affairs.
•Management of 50/50 for men’s basketball and football; specifically, communication/selection of teams and paperwork.
•Management of student ticketing initiatives and Ruckus student group
•Oversight of Junior Ruckus Kids Club (Marketing Assistant along with student interns to handle day-to-day responsibilities)
•Oversight of Social Media account (@GoRhodyRams) (Marketing Assistant along with student interns to handle day-to-day responsibilities August-April); day-to-day management May-July.
•Day-to-day management of Athletics e-blasts including newsletters, ticket promotions, week of emails, etc.
•Manage intern program for Athletics including scheduling of grassroots initiatives for the entire marketing department
•Supervision of student interns.
•Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, which occurs often.
•Assist in the marketing efforts of URI Athletics as necessary to maximize the revenue for both entities
*Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Sports Management or related field.
*Minimum of 2 years of full-time experience in Division I college athletic marketing or professional sports marketing (not including graduate assistantships or unpaid internships) or a minimum of 4 years of full-time experience in Division II college athletic marketing.
*Demonstrated experience with the leading game presentation for live sporting events (preferably men’s basketball, women’s basketball or football).
*Excellent organizational, problem-solving and communication skills required. Strong attention to detail with the ability to create and maintain very specific timelines. Ability to design marketing materials; proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products and Adobe Creative Suite.
*Experience with Paciolan Fan One platform specifically Neolane.
*Assertive, outgoing, hard-working, resourceful, as well as an independent thinker.
*Ability to supervise marketing, fan engagement, and spirit squad staff/members.
*Capable of working a flexible schedule and extended hours including but not limited to working early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays in addition to traditional business hours.
*Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid drivers’ license
About URI Athletics @ the Ryan Center
The University of Rhode Island is a NCAA Division I institution located in Kingston, Rhode Island. The vibrant campus is less than 10 miles away from several state beaches, 80 miles outside of Boston and 150 miles outside of New York City. The athletic department is a member of the Atlantic 10 conference and a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Men's and Women's basketball teams play in the Ryan Center which is a Spectra managed facility.