The Assistant Director for Research Communications will direct the day-to-day newsgathering and external media relations efforts to further the university's reputation as a research institution. The incumbent will develop news releases and media coverage pitches aligned with the Strategic Plan and the overall University communications marketing plan that reinforce the academic, research and philanthropic missions of the University. The Assistant Director of Communications for Research will work closely with the executive director of communications and media relations, associate director of media relations, and vice president for research to ensure that the research priorities of the University are expressed through online content, external and earned media coverage, social media channels and other messaging platforms. This position also supports Institutional Advancement's crisis communications responsibilities.
Assist in developing, creating and implementing media relations strategies and activities for assigned areas of the University that promote student and faculty excellence focused on the University's research mission. Work closely with the vice president for research to ensure that research priorities and collaborations are expressed through multiple internal and external communication channels, with the highest priority placed on national and international earned media placements. Develop and implement communications strategies that highlight and promote research achievements of faculty and students. (40%. Assist in planning, editing and pitching news releases and stories that highlight student and faculty excellence to international, national, state and regional media outlets. Assist in long-term media placement planning to align story pitches with prominent editorial calendars and predictable news coverage cycles, such as broadcast ratings periods, etc. Work collaboratively with other members of the University communications and marketing team and extended staff to ensure clear and consistent communications. Share strategies, pitch news and feature articles, produce content for the University's print and online publications as needed and promote content through social media channels. Cultivate mutually beneficial and trusting relationships with members of the local, regional, national and international media. Cultivate relationships with reporters, editors, producers, executive producers, etc. Aid in maintaining a well-rounded and saturated media presence locally and regionally, while placing particular emphasis on national media placements. (30%). Assist in compiling regular summaries and analytics of media coverage for internal distribution and archive external media stories for use in promoting the mission of the University. Fulfill critical crisis communications roles, including preparation, training and participation in actual events. Work a demanding scheduled during times of emergency or crisis. This position is designated as essential personnel under the university's crisis management plan. (10%). Coordinate closely with the University's schools, colleges and administrative units in order to set media priorities focused on research, develop media opportunities, identify and develop story ideas, cultivate faculty experts, ensure consistency of overall messaging and avoid duplication of effort and resources. (10%). Develop media strategies and communications opportunities focused on research that support Institutional Advancement and that enhance the University's philanthropic activities and programs. Assist in supervising freelancers and student workers as directed. (10%). Performs other duties assigned.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism, communications, public relations, liberal arts, business, science or a related field. Five (5) years of relevant communications experience, supported by a portfolio of writing samples, as requested. Background in news reporting, journalism, public relations, public affairs or strategic communications. Exceptional oral and written communications talent and skill. Demonstrated positive, collegial and collaborative work style or the equivalent experience.
Over five years of experience in with a proven track record of success. Previous experience in higher education is preferred. Experience in science, engineering, health care or technology communications. Ability to translate comparative data into relevant charts and graphs. Foreign language skills are strongly considered. Experience with, or expertise in Spanish-language media, is strongly considered.
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: 7879
About University of Texas at Arlington
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 Impa...ct, 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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