The Director of Internal Communications & Strategy Reports to the Executive Director of Communications & Media Relations and works in coordination with the Sr. Assoc. VP for University Advancement/Chief Communications Officer. Provides internal communications strategy and support to university initiatives and change management. Is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of internal communications plans and the development of timely, engaging and effective content to University faculty, staff, and students across internal communications channels managed by University Advancement.
Develops, implements and assesses internal communications plans to communicate to University students, faculty and staff. Develops key messages, identifies primary and secondary audiences, proposes appropriate communications channels and tactics, identifies audience segmentation and develops synchronized timelines. Identifies measures of effectiveness and/or performance when feasible. Works closely with leadership and cross-functional areas within the University Advancement communications team (including, editorial, web communications, creative services, multi-media, social media and media relations) to develop high-quality and impactful internal communications content, products and plans. Serves as University Advancement's internal communications POC to business unit/divisional/college leaders and communications liaisons to ensure University internal communications are integrated and synchronized. Serves as a member on university committees related to internal communications. Actively seeks opportunities to support internal communications requirements of campus business units/divisions. Manages and leads assigned staff and student workers to successfully produce high quality and accurate internal communications content and products. Contributes editorial content, integrates internal communications plans, and supervises the effective use and timely distribution of the University's internal electronic communications products across available channels. Assesses existing communications channels and plans for the development of new tools and channels to facilitate internal communication by University Advancement, University senior leadership and University business units/divisions. Manages assigned projects ensuring that client needs are accommodated, deadlines are met, all content meets the highest standards and is thoroughly fact-checked and documented. Works closely with and assists University Advancement web communications in updating content for University Advancement-managed websites impacting internal audiences, the development and sending of e-publications and mass emails to internal audiences. Under the direction of the Chief Communications Officer and Executive Director of Media Relations & Communications, supports emergency/crisis communications response, including use and management of emergency communications systems used by University Advancement and supports development of timely and accurate content for internal communications channels, often under short deadlines. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public relations, English, marketing or related field. Three (3) years of relevant executive, strategic or internal communications experience, supported by a portfolio of writing samples or the equivalent experience. Background in news reporting, journalism, public relations, public affairs, strategic communications or executive communications. Experience with organizational change management. Experience working within multi-disciplinary teams.
Advanced degree, preferably in communications, public relations, marketing, public administration or related field, or related equivalent work experience. Experience with developing and/or managing internal communications plans, strategies and assessment methodologies and technologies. Experience with developing executive communications. Experience in communications or marketing with higher education or other large matrixed organizations. Project management of communications plans. Experience with in developing presentations and presenting to diverse audiences and teams. Experience with organizational change management. Experience with web content strategy. Advanced degree, preferably in communications, public relations, marketing, public administration or related field, or related equivalent work experience. Experience with developing and/or managing internal communications plans, strategies and assessment methodologies and technologies. Experience with developing executive communications. Experience in communications or marketing with higher education or other large matrix organizations. Project management of communications plans. Experience with in developing presentations and presenting to diverse audiences and teams. Experience with organizational change management. Experience with web content strategy.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
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.
Open Until Filled: No
Internal Number: 13017
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With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.