The Assistant Director of Communications will serve as the primary contact for the softball program, tertiary contact for football and other sports as assigned. The primary responsibility of this position is to support assigned programs in image and brand building to positively impact and elevate the Arkansas Razorback brand. This position will also develop and execute a long-term vision for the communications function within assigned programs.
Regular, reliable and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
At least three years of experience in content creation, editing, website management, journalism, or related field
Experience with statistical software (The Automated Scorebook, etc.)
Experience in writing game stories and game notes along with editing and designing of media guides and game programs
Experience in Associated Press-style writing skills and proficiency in layout and design software (Photoshop and InDesign)
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a closely related field
Previous experience working with a Division I softball program and/or FBS football program or professional team
Experience with Adobe suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, etc.)
Experience working with network television to produce games and features
Experience managing a football press box and stat crew
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of NCAA rules and compliance issues
Superb strategy, writing, editing and communications skills
Exceptional analytical, strategic and tactical ability combined with expert relationship management skills and attention to detail
Proven ability to develop an effective communications plan and content calendar to achieve goals
Strong management and mentoring skills and experience coaching and supporting individuals as spokespeople
Ability to both work independently and take direction from others, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
A collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, professional demeanor and enthusiastic attitude
Ability to travel, as well as work nights and weekends
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque riv...ers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.