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Director of Communications



Position Information

Posting Number
S05231P

Position Title
Director of Communications

Department
Provost Office

Location
Arlington

Job Family
Provost

Position Status
Full-time

Work Hours
Standard

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Open to
External and Internal

Salary
Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience up to $100,000.

Duration
Funding expected to continue

Pay Basis
Monthly

Benefits Eligible
Yes

Benefits at UTA

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University Information

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution ( HSI ) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution ( AANAPISI ), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at https://www.uta.edu/administration/president/strategic-plan/rise100 . The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

Job Summary

The Director of Communications for the Office of the Provost will provide leadership and management in the operations, oversight, direction, coordination, and execution of communications and engagement for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Extension and Extended Campus. The incumbent will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing communications and engagement to support academic and university objectives in support of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Creates, implements and manages communications efforts to support key strategies and objectives in collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Develops and executes a strategic plan for academic affairs communications in support of the university’s strategic plan and in alignment with the UTA brand.
  • Oversees the conceptualization, writing, editing and production of all print technology-based communications initiatives including social media, audio and video production, articles, and other electronic communications.
  • Research and write formal speeches, as well as reports, presentations, media statements, and collateral materials for the Provost and other key senior leadership, as requested.
  • Supports a wide range of large to small-scale special events, presentations, and other activities.
  • Track upcoming events, coordinate with the AA staff and ensure necessary research and background information is received so that the Provost and other AA leadership are prepared.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with seven (7) years’ experience as a communications director or as a senior manager in a communications or public affairs office.
  • Experience drafting executive speeches, opinion pieces, and remarks for events.
  • Demonstrated record of producing excellent press materials that convey a clear and consistent institutional image.
  • Excellent team-building skills and superior ability to work with people at all levels.
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management collaboration and administrative skills. Demonstrated ability to independently research, write, package and produce content for complex projects, including visual and written components.
  • Ability to understand and creatively solve complex problems in a deadline driven environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Personal computers, Microsoft Office software suite, social media programs, and standard office equipment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in English, communications, public relations, or related field.
  • A masters degree may substitute for one year of required experience.
  • Proven management and budgetary skills.
  • Similar experience in higher education communications, publications and marketing.
  • Experience working with senior university administrators and faculty.
  • Additional years of experience in writing and editing; and producing publications and working with Internet based publications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Other Requirements

Working Conditions

Standard Office Conditions

Special Conditions for Eligibility

CBC Requirement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington ( UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email ADADocs@uta.edu .

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies
1

Open Until Filled

Minimum Number of References Required
3

Maximum Number of References Accepted

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
Requirement Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of professional experience do you have in the related field?
    • None/less than 2 years
    • 2 to 3 years
    • 4 to 5 years
    • 6 years or more
  2. * What certifications, if any, have you obtained?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have working in higher education?
    • None/less than 1 year
    • 2 to 3 years
    • 4 to 5 years
    • 6 years or more
Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover/Interest Letter
Optional Documents

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