The Managing Editor for Communications serves as a member of the University Communications management team and plays a major role in the development and implementation of integrated communications and marketing strategy. The Managing Editor must have a proven track record in successful content marketing and data-driven strategy. This position is responsible for managing and advancing the University's brand through production of dynamic and integrated content that includes publications, online communication, external and internal communication, media relations and institutional identity.
Direct and manage an integrated communication program for the University that reports on, promotes and conveys the University's brand and strategic objectives and which positions the University appropriately and aspirationally in the eyes of its many stakeholders, influencers and general audience, including support of student recruitment, student affairs, teaching and research, and government, external, and general public relations. Maintain the Editorial Calendar of assignments and meld the talents and resources of the Editorial and Media Relations teams. Directly supervise writing staff and set an example of expertise in writing, editing and proofing of written materials. Direct production of a wide range of high-quality print and digital content and materials in support of the university's messaging and story-telling. Curate and edit written content produced by a team of skilled writers for the University's various communication channels including, but not limited to, news releases and media advisories, pitches for media coverage to reporters and editors, online stories, print articles, opinion pieces, feature stories, text for web pages, copy points for advertisements, scripts for voice-over narration of video, words and infographics in moving images, animation and banners/posters/flyers, and other written materials integral to the University's communications efforts. Coordinate with writers, designers, photographers and freelance writers to develop ideas and concepts for print and digital communication. Coordinate appropriate approvals for all editorial content, ensuring accuracy, consistency, timeliness and consensus. Responsible for accuracy of data, rankings and facts gathered to showcase and promote the University's excellence.
Internal Communication: Work with the Executive Director for Digital Communications to plan and execute a measurable internal communication program for faculty and staff, including digital and print communication platforms that communicate news, features, current events, achievements and institutional priorities, so as to keep all employees informed of University issues, events and programs.
Digital Content: Serve as architect and strategist for distributing the department's content to various channels including, but not limited to, uta.edu, e-newsletters to target audiences, material for social media channels and other conveyances of information. In concert with the Executive Director for Digital Communications and the Associate Vice President for Communications, devise, determine and set metrics and measurable data points to gauge effectiveness of the department's communication efforts and be responsible to monitoring and reporting on successes, challenges and opportunities.
General: Cultivate and maintain collegial and productive relationships with senior administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, UT System colleagues, and others so as to be a repository of ideas and suggestions for stories and information across the university. Work collaboratively with other members of the University Communications team to maintain best practices, share resources and content, and ensure a vibrant and integrated communications program. Provide professional expertise and advice campus-wide.
Bachelor's Degree in communications, journalism, or related field or equivalent experience in professional career. 5 to 7 years of communications experience, including 5 years of relevant leadership experience (journalism, marketing communications, corporate communications, public relations, media relations, public affairs or similar profession). Skilled at editing, writing, proofreading, writing, and fact checking.
10 years of experience as a newsroom manager, editor or managing editor of a daily newspaper or regular magazine publication.
Experience in higher education preferred.
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, 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.
The University of Texas at Arlington sets the standard for educational excellence in the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing public research universities. With an enrollment of 38,000 on-campus students and an additional 15,000 online degree-seeking students, UTA is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The University ...offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through 10 colleges and schools and is rising in stature through its commitment to transforming the lives of students, pushing the boundaries of knowledge, and serving a growing and diverse community.
UTA has developed a strategic plan, “Bold Solutions, Global Impact” (http://www.uta.edu/strategicplan). Taking advantage of our unique location at the center of the fastest growing urban region in the U.S. and adjacency to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, our vision is to be ‘The Model 21st Century Urban Research University’. To support this vision, our strategic plan focuses on four over-arching themes across the University: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, Data Driven Discovery and Knowledge Management. The College of Engineering is playing a critical role in the advancement of each of these themes.
Our highly ranked academic programs attract the best and brightest scholars from around the world, and our faculty and students consistently receive national and international recognition for their accomplishments. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth among national universities for undergraduate diversity, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, and the Military Times recently named UTA as the best 4-year College for veterans in the state of Texas. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks UT Arlington among the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the United States over the last 10 years.
With a population of 7 million, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth-largest urban area in the United States. It covers an area larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. The Metroplex is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas and has the 10th-largest gross metropolitan product in the world. Not only is it an exciting place to live and work, the Metroplex offers UT Arlington a host of unparalleled scholarly, research, and economic activity.
UTA has been a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization in the central business district of Arlington, establishing a true college town environment in downtown Arlington. UTA’s 20-acre, mixed-use College Park District provides new special events and student living space, restaurants, and parking as part of its broad-based initiative to generate and support economic activity at the city’s urban center. In addition, the University is expanding its footprint in both Fort Worth and Dallas and has plans to increase its global presence building on active partnerships led by the College of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation in Central and South America, South East Asia and the Middle East.
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