Organization:  The University of Texas System
Position:  Assistant Director of Communications
About the Organization:

Established by the Texas Constitution in 1876, The University of Texas System consists of eight academic and six health institutions. The University of Texas System Administration is based in Austin, TX and is responsible for the central management and coordination of the fourteen institutions. Diversity and inclusion are core values for UT System Administration, which serves the needs of a diverse and growing state. To that end, our review of applications will embrace the principles of the veterans’ and former foster children employment preferences (state laws), all of which are intended to promote diverse interview pools. In addition, we are pleased to offer a variety of employee benefits to our employees, including:

  • Employee (and optional family) health insurance, effective on the first day of employment.•=
  • Lifetime, retired-employee health insurance (after 10 years of service with UT System).
  • Mandatory retirement plan: Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
  • Paid UT System holidays;
  • Optional Retirement Plans: UT Saver 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity & UT Saver 457(b) deferred compensation plan.
  • State compensatory time (additional paid leave hours when working over 40 hrs./week).
  • Paid leave to attend K-12 educational activities for the employee’s children.
  • Flexible work schedules, as arranged with supervisor.
  • Free, on-site employee wellness and gymnasium facilities.
  • Wellness leave (up to 1.5 paid hours/week for fitness activities).
  • On-site, covered parking and free public transit pass.
  • Pre-tax health and dependent care expense accounts.

Feel free to visit our Employee Benefits webpage at https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/employee-benefits for additional information regarding our benefits.

Job Description:

FLSA Status: Exempt Earliest Start Date: Immediately Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Hours per Week: 40.00 Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Hiring Department: Office of External Relations, Communications and Advancement Services Purpose of Position
Responsible for researching and composing executive communications, remarks, official presentations and testimony, suited to various audiences and platforms, on a broad range of thought leadership issues in higher education and health, on behalf of the UT System.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare draft speeches, constituency communications, opinion pieces, testimony and other collateral materials as requested.
  • Conduct research and engage in extensive fact-finding, historical background, and information-gathering efforts to ensure accuracy in work and impact of narrative.
  • Generate ideas and provide recommendations to System leadership on topical issues of state and national importance, and prepare effective communications pieces for discussions with a range of audiences including the general public, media, civic, philanthropic and business leaders, elected officials, and national thought leaders in higher education.
  • Collaborate with departments throughout the System Administration on the preparation of written material and in executing keynotes and messages for conferences, board meetings or other large-scale events requiring scripting, writing, and researching.
  • Engage in interviewing subjects, identifying key points, and distilling information in an engaging way for a variety of audiences.
  • Provide writing assistance and contribute to high-quality content for use in various UT System publications, social media and other channels that represent the UT System’s perspectives and thoughts on the UT System’s commitment to education, health care, research and service.
  • Curate and maintain organization of documents produced, for easy access when needed by others.

Working Conditions:

  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Uses standard office equipment.
  • Requires occasional evening or weekend hours.
  • Most work is conducted in an office environment, with some flexibility.

Position reports to Vice Chancellor for External Relations, Communications, and Advancement Services and works directly with the Chancellor, executive offices, and colleagues throughout the UT System.

Additional Information: The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. Please complete all sections of the application including your address, email, phone number and the questionnaire. You may edit your contact information at any time by updating your profile. Candidates under final consideration will be required to submit references and college degree information.

A criminal background check will be conducted on applicants under final consideration. Reference, education and criminal background verifications will be completed by third-party vendors. Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

EO/AA Statement The University of Texas System Administration is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Reasonable disability accommodation may be requested by contacting the Office of Talent and Innovation.

Candidate Qualities:

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Driven by intellectual curiosity, the ideal candidate will possess superior writing, communications, and research skills.
  • Must be able to manage multiple assignments under deadline, allowing ample time for discussion and review of material.
  • Candidate must be committed to honoring confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Candidate should be a resourceful self-starter who is flexible and open-minded to articulating multiple perspectives on issues.
  • Candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic and high degree of professionalism and collegiality.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently and seek information as needed to complete projects.
Candidate Qualifications:

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.

Minimum of seven years of experience in writing and publishing creative works, or in strategic communications, speechwriting, journalism, or higher education, where official communications has been part of the applicant’s portfolio and publications.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted through the UT System online application system ONLY. To be considered for this position, please visit our website at https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/human-resources/prospective-employees/career-opportunities click on: “External Applicant Job Search” ; “View all Jobs”. Then locate and select the Senior Communications Writer – Job ID 5899 and click on “Apply for Job”

Required Application Materials: A resume and letter of interest is required in order to apply.