Director of Academic Communications

at University of Texas at Arlington (view profile)
Location 701 S Nedderman Dr, Arlington
Date Posted June 10, 2024
Category General
Job Type Full-time


Director of Academic Communications

The Office of the Provost at The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Director of Academic Communications.  This individual will provide leadership and management in the operations, oversight, direction, coordination, and execution of communications and engagement for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Extension and Extended Campus. Responsible for developing, implementing, and managing communications and engagement to support academic and university objectives in support of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creates, implements and manages communications efforts to support key strategies and objectives in collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Develops and executes a strategic plan for academic affairs communications in support of the university’s strategic plan and in alignment with the UTA brand.
  • Oversees the conceptualization, writing, editing and production of all print technology-based communications initiatives including social media, audio and video production, articles, and other electronic communications.
  • Research and write formal speeches, as well as reports, presentations, media statements, and collateral materials for the Provost and other key senior leadership, as requested.
  • Supports a wide range of large to small-scale special events, presentations, and other activities.
  • Track upcoming events, coordinate with the AA staff and ensure necessary research and background information is received so that the Provost and other AA leadership are prepared.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with seven (7) years’ experience as a communications director or as a senior manager in a communications or public affairs office.
  • Experience drafting executive speeches, opinion pieces, and remarks for events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in English, communications, public relations, or related field. A masters degree may substitute for one year of required experience.
  • Experience with management and budgetary skills.
  • Experience in higher education communications, publications and marketing.
  • Experience working with senior university administrators and faculty.
  • Additional years of experience in writing and editing; and producing publications and working with Internet based publications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated record of producing excellent press materials that convey a clear and consistent institutional image.
  • Excellent team-building skills and superior ability to work with people at all levels.
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management collaboration and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently research, write, package and produce content for complex projects, including visual and written components.
  • Ability to understand and creatively solve complex problems in a deadline driven environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
    Personal computers, Microsoft Office software suite, social media programs, and standard office equipment.

About the University

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

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Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience up to $100,000.

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