Careers with USA Wrestling

Communications Coordinator

USA Wrestling is seeking a Communications Coordinator. This is a full-time position which reports to the Director of Communications and Special Projects. This individual will be responsible for working on a variety of projects which impact the organization's communications activities.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

- Assists with media relations, public relations and event media operations for all levels of USA Wrestling events and activities.

- Focuses on USA Wrestling’s promotion and coverage of age-group and state association activities, as well as specific USA Wrestling programs that directly impact a wide variety of USA Wrestling members.

- Creates content for USA Wrestling’s magazine, USA Wrestler, and its website,

- Assists with content creation for USA Wrestling's social media networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, Google Plus, and others) as well as other communication platforms. Graphic arts and design abilities will be required.

- Assists with video content creation for USA Wrestling's internet presence. Tasks include video editing and uploading video footage, as well as creating video news and features.

- Oversees USA Wrestling's message boards, including developing effective system of moderation.

- Handles other duties as determined by the Director of Communications or the Executive Director.


This individual will coordinate closely with staff in a number of USA Wrestling Departments. There will be joint projects specifically with USA Wrestling’s Corporate Partnership division. The position also includes work with volunteers within the organization.


Must have a degree in a communications-related field, as well as professional work experience in a communications-related job. Knowledge of wrestling is a plus. Experience in journalism, public relations, college or Olympic sports communications or related industries is desirable.


Proven writing and communication skills are necessary for this position. Graphic arts ability and video editing experience are also required. Time management skills are a must. Successful candidate must be a self-starter, able to meet specific deadlines, work on a variety of projects simultaneously, and work both independently and on various working groups. There will be extensive travel required for the person in this position.


USA Wrestling is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Applicant should send resume, list of three or more references, plus writing samples, graphics samples and video samples to Gary Abbott, Director of Communications, USA Wrestling at or via FAX at 719-598-9440.


Coordinator, USA Wrestling Elite Accelerator Program
Summary: Serve as primary liaison to USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program residents with specific attention to athlete safety, education requirements, community engagement programs, athlete training and competition plans.   

Duties & Responsibilities            
1.    Serve in an on-call role for any dorm-related incidents related to USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program residents.  Work closely with OTC Associate Director and/or Director, Sports Medicine, Facility Management, and USOC Security departments in cases of dorm-related emergencies to mitigate and resolve any personal, medical, or facility emergency.  Coordinate any immediate needs as well as follow-up to facilitate after action reports and projects to the final resolution of the emergency.
2.    Conduct regularly scheduled dorm checks for USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program resident rooms monthly, at least.  Track condition of rooms, take photos, communicate any small infractions to athletes via email, and share any major infractions with OTC Associate Director for further action.
3.    Implement and coordinate community and social engagement programs.
4.    Act as the main conduit for communication to USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program resident athletes regarding all things related to the OTC, including but not limited to contractors accessing the their dorm rooms, major projects on complex, and volunteer opportunities.  
5.    Attend bi-monthly CSOTC staff meetings & weekly USAW National Teams staff meetings.  
6.    Monitor and support USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program resident athletes training plans.
7.    Ensure completion and monitor all aspects of safe sport protocols for all USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program resident athletes.
8.    Live in a provided suite at the OTC campus.
9.    Provide transportation to and from school as needed for USAW Elite Athlete Accelerator Program resident athletes.
10.    Additional duties as assigned.

•    Professional experience in a sports organization.
•    Work lead experience.

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
•    Experience working with athletes, coaches or volunteers.
•    Ability to prioritize work projects when dealing with a number of different athletes at one time.
•    Strong interpersonal relations skills, sound judgment, professional demeanor and patience.
•    Computer skills required; word processing, Microsoft Windows, database management and electronic mail.

Tools, Equipment, & Conditions:            
•    Standard office equipment
•    Online environment
•    Office environment on multi-building site & OTC residences
•    Non-traditional working hours
•    On-site housing & meals provided
•    Minimum one year commitment from date of employment

Minimum Education:
•    Bachelor’s degree

•    Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally
•    Ability to multi-task and meet strict deadlines
•    Pass a background check
•    Abide by the USA Wrestling and the USOC Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics

•    Commensurate with experience

Work Location:
•    Colorado Springs, Colorado – Olympic Training Center

Application Procedure:
•    Please submit your resume and cover letter.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  A current resume, and a cover letter explaining candidate qualifications should be sent to:  Cody Bickley
•    Due to the anticipated number of high quality applicants, only shortlisted applicants will receive an interview.
•    Deadline for submission:  July 6, 2018

USA Wrestling does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap, or veteran status.  All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity.  Selection decisions are based upon job related factors.