Director of Public Affairs
To manage the Public Affairs office of the College of Liberal Arts including creating and implementing a public relations strategy, coordinating and executing public relations projects, and supervising staff.—-
To manage the public affairs office of the College of Liberal Arts, responsible for creating and implementing a strategy to help raise the profile and awareness of the college, both internally and externally, and coordinating and executing the tactics to support that strategy: public/media relations, social media, website management, content development, internal communications, etc. The director will manage a staff of marketing and communications professionals. .
Plans and implements internal and external communication plans for the College of Liberal Arts that are aligned with the university’s communication strategy and with College priorities. Coordinates and executes public relations projects, including strategic planning, media relations, writing and editing publications, and crisis communications. Works closely with the university communications office. Provide independent analysis and judgement in prioritizing situations needing attention and take steps to ensure projects are moved forward and tracked for progress through completion.
Advises the dean, dean’s staff, and other units in the college on best practices, policies, and modes of communication for disseminating information. Establishes and maintains relationships with college departments and centers. Advises management of opportunities related to advancing the college’s image. Serves on dean’s executive leadership team. Serve as a contributing member of the dean’s leadership team and the main point of contact for communications-related work for department chairs and program/center directors. Serve as the College of Liberal Art’s liaison with UT Austin’s central communications office and participate on university-wide committees.
Provide coverage, communication and publicity for key college events including graduation, orientation, and major student-focused activities. Work closely with the Division of Student Affairs and Development groups to understand and meet expectations of multiple audiences
Defines and implements a program aimed at bringing quality, consistency and coherence to the college’s communications. Ensures that Web and print products conform to university publishing policies, editorial style, organization and appropriateness. Oversees content on Web sites. Manages social media tools for the college.
Direct and oversee the creation and production of all print, digital and social media communications projects and initiatives for audiences that include prospective and current students, faculty and staff, campus partners, parents, high school counselors, and external constituents. Oversees the publication of Life and Letters, the Liberal Arts magazine, two times a year. Supervise and lead marketing and communications team to research, write, and produce content for social media, websites, video, print, and other platforms as needed. Provide editorial direction, oversee design and art direction, and manage production of internal and external marketing materials.
Identifies potential editorial opportunities to increase the awareness and profile of the College of Liberal Arts. Promotes news coverage of major announcements and faculty research and expertise, and coordinates media and public affairs such as new conferences and other events. Responds to requests for information from the media and the public. Monitors the public view of the college
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Journalism, Communications, or a related field. Seven years of experience in public relations, communications, or marketing, including supervisory and leadership roles. Experience supervising or coordinating social media and digital strategies. Strong writing and editing skills. Experience crafting leadership-level communications Knowledge of publications procedures. Strong organizational skills. Ability to maintain key relationships with university staff and the news media. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. Experience maintaining confidentiality and handling sensitive communications with discretion. Ability to work independently and manage staff. Professional demeanor and strong attention to detail. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, managing projects and stakeholder expectations.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Advanced degree in communications, business, marketing, advertising, public relations, or related field Experience working at a research-intensive university. Demonstrated implementation and management of communication projects from concept to completion, including print and digital formats. Experience analyzing and utilizing data to develop direct marketing and communication strategies to various audiences. Experience in higher education and in effectively managing a staff of diverse professionals.
$90,000 + depending on qualifications
May work around standard office conditions
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
Use of manual dexterity
3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.
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Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.—-
Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.—-
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
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If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.
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Job posted: 2021-08-16