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Senior Director of Administrative Communications

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Marketing & Communications, Sales & Business Development
Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2023

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Type of Position:

Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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.

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.

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.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Senior Director of Administrative Communications coordinates, directs and manages communications for the Division of Finance and Administration. The director is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies, and managing, evaluating, and enhancing the division’s efforts to communicate key messages to a wide variety of audiences, including employees and the larger campus community. The senior director provides executive communications support for the Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration including communicating with internal and external audiences. The position also supervises the division’s communications team of six staff members with shared responsibility for Human Resources, Facilities Management, Parking and Transit, UAPD and Internet Technology Services (ITS), while providing communications leadership and support for the division’s other areas including finance.

The position is a part of the university’s larger communications team reporting to University Relations while serving the Division of Finance and Administration. The Senior Director of Administrative Communications reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations and will work closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and other division leaders to advance division communications goals and priorities while working to align those efforts with the university’s larger communications goals.

The Senior Director oversees the division’s many communications efforts but also takes a lead role in developing key messaging including but not limited to Arkansas News stories, news releases, website content, social media, videos, email updates, annual reports, drafting statements and other executive messages, and answers to media inquiries.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job function of this job, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English or related field from an accredited institution of higher education

  • Exceptionally strong writing, communicative and interpersonal skills

  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, writing and editing, creative writing, marketing and/or related fields

  • Experience in developing strategic plans and communications plans

  • Supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in journalism, communications, English or related field from an accredited institution of higher education

  • Experience in higher education, higher education administration and/or corporate administration

  • Experience with executive communications

  • Proven ability to take complex topics and explain them in understandable terms

  • Experience working in a collaborative environment

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

$75,000 - $90,000 (Commensurate with education and experience)

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Writing Sample

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Terri Brumett,, Director of Administrative Services

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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