Communications Specialist (S04519P)

University of Texas at Arlington
June 11, 2023
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Position Information

Posting Number S04519P

Position Title Communications Specialist (S04519P) Department Social Work Location Arlington Job Family Administrative Support Position Status Full-time Work Hours Standard Work Schedule

Monday to Friday; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Open to External and Internal FLSA Salary Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience up to 47,250. Duration Funding expected to continue Pay Basis Monthly Benefits Eligible Yes Job Summary

Provides a broad range of communication support for the School of Social Work (SSW) documenting students, faculty, alumni and staff achievements by writing news stories and news releases, and editing and designing newsletters, annual magazine and other publications such as fliers, brochures, pamphlets and information booklets. Writes and develops print content directly supporting student recruitment, retention and graduation, institutional advancement, community outreach, alumni initiatives, reputation management, marketing, admissions, special events and other functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primarily responsible for writing news stories, news releases and feature stories about students, faculty, alumni and staff achievements, research, activities, events and other initiatives.
  • Develops ideas, writes and edits news and feature stories following Associated Press Stylebook writing guidelines and industry journalistic reporting standards.
  • Serves as the project lead and editor for the SSW's annual magazine, e-newsletter periodical, and the annual research and doctoral publications.
  • Develops, creates, designs and publishes e-newsletters, fliers, brochures, pamphlets, advertising placements, hard copy annual report publication/magazine and other publications for the s chool.
  • Ensures SSW publications are designed, published and distributed on time.
  • Regularly monitors and provides written and imagery content updates to SSW's Web Developer for the school's website.
  • Supports the SSW marketing team in writing and creating engaging content for the social media platforms, including taking and posting photos, videos, and other multimedia activities and functions.
  • Writes speeches, talking-points, statements and other remarks for the Dean and Senior Associate Dean. Works with SSW leadership, University Institutional Advancement, University Communications/Media Relations, alumni and others to improve SSW's community outreach, engagement and reputation.
  • Keeps SSW Media Toolkit updated. Assists director in media training of faculty, staff and students and in identifying and working with University Communications to connect faculty for interviews to various media outlets, journalists, professional publications and social work-related blog sites.
  • Monitors media and news coverage of SSW and social work-related issues; provides regular reports and updates to supervisor. Supports media relations operations, crisis communications, planning, and internal and external communications.
  • Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in print journalism, digital journalism, communication, public relations or related field. Two (2) or more years of experience in public relations, communication, writing/editing or related field.
  • Excellent news and feature writing skills and demonstrated expert level competence in AP journalism style writing and copy editing.
  • Demonstrated experience using desktop publishing, e-newsletter and magazine publishing, video editing and other graphics publication software.
  • Experience effectively creating content for a website, blog and a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube).
  • Experience responding to media queries or working as a reporter/journalist.
  • Independent decision making and problem-solving ability will be expected in areas such as writing, editing, story development and designing content for website and publications.
  • Bachelor's degree in print journalism, digital journalism, communication, public relations or related field.
  • Preferred Qualifications

    Experience using email-marketing software, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and audio/visual editing equipment and software is a plus. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to effectively complete communication and marketing projects on time. Experience as an editor, co-editor, publisher and writer for a publication, journal or periodical. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition, experience in a higher education environment and interpreting complex academic research to write engaging news and feature stories is a plus.

    Working Conditions

    May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Normal office equipment. Accuracy in all phases of work. Normal office conditions. May on rare occasions work evenings or weekends to cover an event. Specific job requirements or physical location of positions allocated to this classification render the position security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Section 51.215 Texas Education Code.

    Special Conditions for Eligibility

    Applicant should submit or provide online links to samples of written and published news stories or news releases and newsletters, magazines, pamphlets or brochures edited, created, designed and published by the applicant.

    Working Title EEO Statement

    UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

    Posting Detail Information

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Open Date Review Start Date Open Until Filled Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Accepted Special Instructions to Applicants

    Requirement Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have a bachelor's degree in print journalism, digital journalism, communication, public relations or related field?
  • Yes
  • No
  • How many years of experience do you have working in public relations, communication, news writing/editing or related field?
  • None
  • Less than one year of experience
  • At least one year but less than two years of experience
  • At least two years but less than three years of experience
  • Three or more years of experience
  • How many years of experience do you have in writing and editing news stories, feature stories and news releases following Associated Press Stylebook guidelines?
  • None
  • Less than one year of experience
  • At least one year but less than two years of experience
  • At least two years but less than three years of experience
  • Three or more years of experience
  • Do you have proficiency level or better skills and experience in layout and design and using Photoshop and InDesign software or other comparable software?
  • Yes
  • No
  • How many years of experience do you have in editing and designing publications?
  • None
  • Less than one year of experience
  • At least one year but less than two years of experience
  • At least two years but less than three years of experience
  • Three or more years of experience
  • Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover/Interest Letter
  • Optional Documents

  • Portfolio or Work Samples
  • Work Samples
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