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Director of Communications

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus)
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Type of Position:Administration (Non-Classified)

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty.

For more than 140 years, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance.

The 15:1 student to teacher ratio makes it possible to maintain a learning environment with close interaction between students and faculty while challenging curricula encourage our students to seek and fulfill their potential.

You can excel in your chosen field of study through a curriculum of Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. You can also develop workplace readiness through internships, co-ops and fellowships in the U.S. and abroad.

Out-of-class experiences and student involvement include more than 90 student organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program.

Though the main campus is in Pine Bluff, its reach is worldwide. UAPB has an extended campus in North Little Rock and offers as well as online courses. With the addition of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), students can engage in information exchange with others anywhere in the world. There are also Research and Extension offices in Lonoke, Newport and Lake Village and collaborations with other colleges and universities in the State through the National Science Foundation funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy.

As the second oldest land-grant institution in the state of Arkansas, the mission of this No Excuse University remains the same – to provide a high quality, affordable education with a personal touch. We invite you to Become a Part of the Pride at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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Department:Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement & Development

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Summary of Job Duties:Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Communications will assist in guiding the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate the mission of the university. Through enhancing the UAPB brand, the Director of Communications will ensure that UAPB is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of educational information within the region, and link with media resources to grow the institutional impact of UAPB.
•tDevelop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plans across the university’s audiences in collaboration with UAPB’s alumni, donors, and constituents
•tWorks with administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the university’s marketing and communications firm (The Design Group) to distribute news of significance to the UAPB community.
•tReports UAPB news through press releases and regular contacts with media organizations.
•tManage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic needs including, but not limited to, UAPB Magazine, newsletters, brochures, online content, and assist in supporting the UAPB website
•tWork in collaboration with external and internal resources to grow UAPB messaging, website, and administrative coordination
•tCoordinate public relations maintenance—ensure new/consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
•tTrack and measure the level of engagement within the network over time
•tIn conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement, manage communication needs and directives established by the Office of The Chancellor and the University system.
•tCollaborates with other Communications Offices throughout the university, including UAPB Athletics and College of Agriculture. Manage all media contacts as needed.


UAPB is seeking an accomplished Director with 5-10 years of communications experience, ideally in a role that reflects a broad skill set in print and electronic communications. A background working for, and in conjunction with, television, newspaper, and or online publications is a plus. Stronger candidates will possess a background in areas such as website content development, newsletters, and digital communications. The ability to work across multiple platforms simultaneously, and to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to a diverse audience base is critical.

Specific requirements include:

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Background and skill sets that show an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the changing marketing and communications dynamics in a diverse and highly technological environment.

Salary Information:

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Resume

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Recruitment Contact Information:

George Cotton, Vice Chancellor

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:No
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