Director of Communications

Fayetteville, AR
Oct 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC896P

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Working Title Director of Communications

Position Number 16411

Department Art

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the School:

The School: The School of Art has more than 400 majors in the areas of Art History, Art Education, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Graphic Design and offers the following degrees: B.F.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Art Education, B.F.A. in Graphic Design, B.A. in Studio Art, B.A. in Art History, and M.F.A. in Studio Art. The School is composed of 39 faculty and staff members. The School of Art has an innovative Foundations curriculum, an active visiting artist program, the Fine Arts Center Gallery, the student-run sUgAR gallery and has a professional relationship with the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

About the Community:

Fayetteville frequently receives accolades as one of America's best places to live, by such publications as Forbes, Kiplingers, and Business Week. The area is home to an active local arts community, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and 21C Museum, and continues to grow as a destination for art and a hub for artists. For more information visit:

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The Director of Communications will strategize, create, and execute a unified communications plan for the School of Art. This will include development, management, and delivery of content for multiple platforms, visual/design work, media relations, pursuit of high news value story ideas from faculty and staff, and measurement of effectiveness of content and delivery. This position will travel (overnight included) when needed.

The Director of Communications will also:

  • Work with all areas of the school to streamline the social media communication plan and sit on other communications or social media committees as needed.
  • Collaborate with the School of Art's student organizations to increase their social media presence by educating them on communication and branding strategies across platforms.
  • Conduct focus groups and market research to advance strategic initiatives.
  • Design and create marketing materials including but not limited to ads, flyers, posters, digital signage, banners, newsletters, blogs, email, and web graphics.
  • Implement a school-wide strategic communication plan that will coordinate branding and visual identity in conjunction with the Office of Development and External Relations in the Fulbright College.
  • Liaise and work closely with Director of the School of Art, Director of Recruitment, Director of Development, and the Director of Communications in Fulbright College and other areas collaboratively to ensure proper communication with external stakeholders.
  • Manage social media pages, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Monitor and build online conversations and communities that support the social media strategy and other marketing efforts.
  • Stay current on new technologies, best practices, and trends in social media within higher education.
  • Support marketing activities for initiatives including but not limited to special and annual signature events.
  • Work with Director of Communications in Fulbright College to identify student, faculty, and alumni success stories and to help maintain recruitment-based information on the School web pages.
  • Write and/or edit copy publications.
  • Write relevant, useful, and conversational content, ensuring voice and messaging are consistent with brand and writing standards.
  • Create strategic communications for privately supported, endowment funded initiatives and collaborate with faculty, staff and students to develop comprehensive stewardship reports for the School of Art in conjunction with the Office of Development and External Relations in the Fulbright College.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher earned from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of employment
  • At least two years of experience in marketing or communications, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity

Applicable equivalencies may be considered on the qualifications listed above.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency working with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree or higher earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Experience in arts programming communications
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Experience writing stewardship or donor funding reports

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Excellent digital skills for still images, graphics, and video
  • Ability to create compelling copy for communications
  • Ability to have a perceptive sense of digital marketing and assessment
  • Ability to manage and stay current with social media, web content, news, and design trends
  • Ability to have self-direction as well as collaboration skills
  • Ability to successfully respond to constantly shifting priorities
  • Ability to travel, including overnight travel

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Driving
  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting


  • Hearing
  • Talking

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Fine Arts Building

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Competitive and Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 10/21/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources
ADMN 222
(479) 575-5351

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter/letter of application. A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process. Letters will be requested from the references provided for all finalists selected for an interview.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons 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.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    Optional Documents
    1. Proof of Veterans Status


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