Communications Specialist II - County Technical Assistance Service (Nashville)

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Communications Specialist II - County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS)

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 10

One of the primary goals of the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) strategic plan is information outreach to Tennessee county officials and employees, county associations, and state offices though the dissemination of timely and accurate information that is relevant to the daily operation of county governments throughout the state. The main function of this position is to serve as a communications and legislative liaison to county associations in the following areas: (1) Publications, communications, and web management, (2) conference and meeting planning; and (3) Legislative support, including bill, policy and state budget analyses, on behalf of the many county government associations with which CTAS shares its clientele.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities for the Communication Specialist include:

Communications Management to associations: Assisting in the preparation and development of print and electronic publications, including newsletters, reports, handbooks, and directories. Coordinating the overall association media presence and communications strategies.

Event Management: Supporting association live events, conferences, and meetings through coordination of audio/visual needs, presentations, and the generation of reports and printed materials. Maintaining databases necessary to manage events, meetings, and membership. Acting as a liaison between county associations and CTAS Training staff in coordination and development of training programs to be offered at events and conferences. 

Legislative Related Responsibilities: Assisting with monitoring legislative proposals and meetings in order to communicate important developments to members. Participating in informational briefings hosted through the National Association of Counties and other organizations at the federal level for reporting on federal issues and their impact on local government.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in English/journalism, communications, public administration, political science, or related field.


Three years of experience with management of electronic information (includes the publication of various types of documents, including newspapers, technical booklets, and newsletters, as well as the technical ability to design and maintain websites and other emerging technologies).


Requires excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation, strong writing and editing skills, and analytical skills for determining validity of information resources. Knowledge of basic Web-content editing and managing concepts as well as managing social media sites is required. Must be skilled in standard information organization and access schemes and have extensive computer software experience including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Internet searching.  The ability to speak before large groups as well as the ability to organize, host and manage large gatherings of those groups is required.


Nashville, TN

Applicants are encouraged to review all position requirements prior to applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. 

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by August 16, 2021.  All applicants must apply online to be considered for this position. Please include a resume with contact information for a minimum of three professional references.  Position is open until filled.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Nashville
Other Locations: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: County Tech Assist Services
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 15, 2021, 8:16:34 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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