Russian Father Needs Help for Hip Replacement Surgery

Editor’s note: My friend Ilya Gordeev is raising funds for his friend, Andrew, who lives in Russia and needs a hip replacement. Andrew had an accident, and the screws that were used in the surgery to fix the break have been unsuccessful. He is a mechanic who earns $185/month, and he and his wife are the sole support of a family of two children and a grandmother. Ilya is raising $5,000 to send to Andrew to have his hip replaced so he can return to work and support himself and his family. If you would like to contribute to Andrew’s fund, please visit Andrew Zajkin GoFundMe.

2791261_1418661920.9956From Ilya: My Russian friend Andrew Zajkin needs hip replacement surgery. He was in a car accident and his first surgery left him unable to walk without a crutch or walking stick.

Andrew and his wife Liudmila have two children. Right now, four of them are trying to survive on Liudmila’s  $185/month salary.  Before the car accident, Andrew borrowed money for his Mother’s surgery. The car accident left him unable to work and repay that debt and all other debts that he had incurred since. Unless he has the surgery, he will not be able to be productive and support his family, In my conversations with him, Andrew sounds depressed that nobody would even lend him $20(1000 Russian Rubles). Andrew is very disheartened, thinking that nobody cares about him and his family. Andrew was able to find a surgeon who agreed to do the surgery for 227,000 Russian Rubles. At the time of the quote, it was approximately $5,000.

Your help will mean a return to normal productive life for Andrew and his family.

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Job Opportunities – 12/09/14


Arkansas Health Care Association / Little Rock

Closing:  December 19


Summary:  The Arkansas Health Care Association is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The primary duties of this position are to answer the phone, greet guests, and support all personnel with administrative duties as needed. Successful candidates should be have a high level of professionalism, strong written and verbal communication skills and enjoy working collaboratively on projects. Candidate should also be proficient in Microsoft Office.

To Apply, or for more information:  Email resume to:





Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism / Little Rock

Position Number:  22092087

Salary:  $65,000 – $81,250

Closing:  December 12

Summary:  The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) Tourism Administrative Director is responsible for overseeing operational activities within the department and serving as the departmental director in their absence. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Description:  Represents the Arkansas Great River Road program by serving as the executive director for the Arkansas Mississippi River Parkway Commission, serving as the chair of the communications and public relations committee for the National Mississippi River Parkway Commission, and assisting with marketing promotions for the Mississippi River Country. Develops changes for departmental policies and ensures that policy alterations are properly implemented for full attainment of program goals and objectives. Monitors federal legislative alterations that effect departmental operations. Assists the director by controlling all daily operational activities and acting as the director in their absence and works with subordinate supervisory personnel to create resolutions for problematic operational activities. Monitors the annual and biennial budgets for the department ensuring that appropriate accounting measures are implemented and followed for compliance with all laws. Provides numerous types of supervision to personnel, including both the completion of performance appraisals as well as recruiting and interviewing prospective employees. Coordinates special events and committee meetings for public relations purposes with community leaders to present information pertaining to the Great River Road and develop constructive relationships with interdepartmental personnel. Organizes the annual governor’s conference on parks and tourism for approximately seven hundred attendees, coordinating planning teams as well as making arrangements for all special events occurring during the conference. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:  The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, marketing, or public relations; plus four years of progressively more responsible experience in a tourism-related industry, including three years in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.

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Arkansas Foodbank / Little Rock

Summary:  We are currently seeking a Chief Program Officer who will be responsible for strategic planning and oversight of all program service activities. The successful candidate will ensure that food is distributed equitably throughout the Arkansas Foodbank’s service area to member agencies and that the agencies are provided with the best education, training and resources available.

Description:  Develop strategies for increasing food distribution in each of Arkansas Foodbank’s counties in order to comply with Arkansas Foodbank’s goals and Feeding America’s compliance standards.  Design and lead an educational effort through workshops and other training forums with agency partners to increase their knowledge of available hunger programs and support, service opportunities and operational practices; e.g., food handling, fund raising and communication.  Develop operational goals and budget including ongoing review and analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecasting of data to determine department and organizational progress toward stated plans and objectives.  Participate as a member of the executive leadership team in organizational planning, development, monitoring, and evaluation.  Keep up-to-date and knowledgeable about agency issues and trends, policies, regulations, and other matters affecting the Foodbank.  Set standards for accountability and measurements of success for Program Services staff.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Social Services related field.  Minimum five (5) years management experience.  Or, equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Familiarity with computer operations including Microsoft Office.  Experience in a nonprofit organization is preferred.

To Apply, or for more information:  Send a cover letter and resume to:

Erika Hadley,

Director, Human Resources

Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.





Walton Arts Center / Fayetteville

Summary:  Provide Tessitura and administrative support to Annual Giving, Major Gift areas, conduct prospect research and assist in the coordination of fundraising projects and special events.

Description:  Annual Giving/Major Gifts (75%) -  Work with Annual Giving Manager and Director of Donor Engagement to ensure all solicitations are created and mailed in a timely manner: execute Friends renewal and new solicitations according to established timeline, segment and build solicitation lists, perform quality checks on patron information in Tess, prepare materials for processing by volunteers or outside mailing vendor, and run monthly reports on the rate of return for each solicitation.  Compose and create donor communications (independently or from oral or written instruction) including Backstage Notes quarterly newsletter; external email communications to donors, board and fundraising committee members; and solicitation letters. Route documents as appropriate and in a timely manner.  Assist with tracking and follow up of Matching Gifts for individual donors.  Assist Annual Giving Manager with the development of solicitation campaigns, goal setting and message development.  Assist Annual Giving Manager and Public Relations Manager in the execution and tracking of social media solicitations. i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and Walton Arts Center blog.  Monitor and balance inventory for Development materials, including letterhead, envelopes, Friends brochures, contribution forms and return envelopes.  Maintain and build relationships with donors by attending Lounges and other Friends events and communicating with donors regarding benefits when needed.  Tessitura Database:  Serve as a Tessitura “Power User” for individual giving, training new development staff, documenting current processes and supporting individual giving initiatives through data analysis.  Segment lists and build extractions as needed for gift renewals, solicitations, special events and other mailings as requested; use T-Stats to track trends as they relate to membership, giving and moves management.  Assist in cleanup and maintenance of donor records in Tessitura as needed.  Prospect Research:  Assist in researching the development of donor prospect portfolios.  Maintain donor and organizational confidentiality.  Assist with the analysis and application of research findings.  Special Events (20%) -  Coordinate all administrative aspects of Art of Wine silent auction, including auction item selection and procurement, event set-up and settlement. Assist corporate team with Masquerade Ball silent auction, as needed.  As needed, assist Donor Concierge with generating Friends’ Lounge Guest List for each performance and maintaining Lounge Binder; administer Lounge follow up including tracking attendance and guest admission in Tessitura.  Provide administrative support for Development special events to include: tracking RSVPs, creating guest lists, working with Special Event coordinator, conducting guest research, producing place cards and other duties as required.  Development Team Support/Administrative Support (5%) –  Coordinate agendas for all Development team meetings (weekly Devo meetings, biweekly meetings with CEO, monthly Devo marketing meetings, etc.)  Serve as the email communication liaison between Development and Marketing, attending weekly Marketing email meetings to schedule external e-communications.  Work with Communications to produce show posters as appropriate for donors, sponsors and special events.  Update Development team Outlook calendars with WAC performances and Development events.  Any and all other tasks assigned by management for which the employee is qualified and physically able to perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of professional experience in the areas of fundraising, communication, customer service, or other related field. Preferred degrees include Communications, Business, Marketing or Public Relations preferred.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society / Little Rock

Req. Number:  TXH1081

Closing:  January 30

Summary:  The Development Manager will supervise the implementation of all Walk MS and Bike MS events in Arkansas. This person will directly manage or supervise committee oversight and efficient execution of these fundraising campaigns, including marketing, planning and implementation. Responsibilities will include but will not be limited to budget management, training, supervision and development of event committees and volunteer leaders, new event development, market expansion and strategic planning

Description:   1. Fundraising (55%) – Walk & Bike MS :  Responsible for the strategic planning and development of events, maintains logistics, volunteer recruitment and event committee development for events.   Assures event financial goals are achieved.  Recruits and works with chairs for the Bike MS and Walk MS event committees; where both volunteer groups provide the leadership behind the development and growth of the events.  Understands the difference between Bike MS participants and Walk MS participants based on National research, and approaches campaigns accordingly.  Through corporate development, increase sponsorships and corporate team involvement in bike and walk either through personal intervention or creation of a volunteer committee.  Prioritize a schedule where an MS representative attends team captain rallies and team goal-setting meetings.  Responsible for ensuring year-round cultivation and mentoring of current and potential teams, team captains, top fundraisers and their clubs.  Is ultimately responsible for the transparency and maintenance of accurate records, including event income and expenses, in order to build event budgets each year, and so fulfill audit-reporting requirements each fiscal year as detailed by Houston.  Develop campaign marketing tools with Marketing.  Responsible for incorporating mission awareness in all activities; and ensuring our Core Values are evident and guide all of our actions.  Organize prizes for events, and work within organizational and budgetary guidelines to order prizes and arrange distribution.  Work with marketing to development a plan to increase public visibility of the fundraising events. Serve as a Society spokesperson for the fundraising events, and provide answers on the latest research developments when questioned about our mission.  Work with Marketing to write regular eNewsletters and event coaching emails, which provide relevant and timely information, keeping participants informed and engaged.  Responsible for ensuring event and office invoices are paid on time, and that such expenses do not exceed budgets, spending takes place within core value guidelines, and all recurring expenses associated with the office, where possible, are directed to Houston for direct payment processing.   All contracts that bind the Society either financially or through liability may only be signed by the Regional Vice President, and no verbal pre-signature agreement should be entered into.  Other duties as assigned.  2. Services (10%):  Involve MS clients and family members with the event activities.  Provide telephone support and information to MS callers, when necessary.  Attend at least one service program annually.  Keep up-to-date on client programs and services.  3. Community Services (10%):   Ensure production of donor acknowledgment and thank you letters.  Ensure event activities are always handicap accessible and open to the community.  Recruit and train event committees.  Manage logistics to ensure that participants and volunteers have support in terms of communication, food, medical attention, etc.  4. Public Education (5%):  Include client service activities and MS information in all event brochures, eNewsletters and other mailings.  Provide information about MS to participants and volunteers at the events.  5. Administration and Management (5%):  Adhere to South Central Region policies and procedures as described in the region’s employee manual, and as additionally defined by regional Leadership.  Maintain accurate records and files.  Follow the guidelines and confines of all budgets and event timelines.  Support other activities within the South Central Region including, but not limited to, Camps, Valentine’s Day Parties, and Annual Meetings.  Support other South Central Region staff in areas as requested.  6. Volunteer Engagement (15%):  Increase the number of Society volunteers, recognizing and recruiting talent.  Engage volunteers, effectively communicating and facilitating meaningful opportunities across all functions.  Partner with volunteers to accomplish our work.  Cultivate volunteers, seeking and providing feedback and sharing opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning. We recognize the contributions of all volunteers.  7.  Other Duties (as assigned.)

Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree.  Some college plus 10 years of related non-profit experience specific to event management will be accepted in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree.  Five years of related experience required.  Proven experience in fundraising and event management or equivalent experience.  Proven experience in volunteer management, working with a Board , strategic planning, public speaking, marketing and project management.   Demonstrated ability to work without supervision, engage and influence others and drive for results.  Must demonstrate initiative, integrity, problem solving and be self-starting, and as the immediate representative/ambassador of the Society, must maintain a highly professional response at all times, and be seen to embrace and promote the Society’s Core Values.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Ability to travel several weekends a year locally and within the South Central Region.

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Arkansas Federal Credit Union / Jacksonville

Summary:  The primary function of this position is to assist the Credit Union in living out our Core Purpose “to improve each member’s financial life.”  To achieve the core purpose this position is responsible to deliver outstanding service to both internal and external members.  This position will lead, develop, implement, and maintain competitive benefits programs for the organization. It will lead the HR automation effort in standardizing and automating HR processes for the organization.

Description:  Provide exceptional member service to every member, every time by delivering consistently high quality service to both internal and external member that is in alignment with our Service Promises.  Develop, manage, monitor, deliver and lead personal sales initiative by expanding membership while developing deeper relationships utilizing the credit unions value added products and services by data mining, prospecting, joint calls with partners, meeting members and recruiting new members through services offered.  Oversee the business development process and serve as an active sales consultant of the Corporate Benefit Partnership / CUSO initiative.   Educate and train member service representatives on how to identify cross selling opportunities and how to strategically leverage CU commodities to create a financial wellness program unique to each member or member group’s financial needs.  Develop Member education resources for marketing materials and awareness events.  Partner with key lines of business to define growth opportunities and drive execution of current and new sales and service initiatives set forth by management.  Responsible for leveraging data for sales initiatives as they relate to the strategic growth plan, sales process optimization, develop, implement and evaluate plans.  Focus on internal insurance sales/member benefit services cross-selling process implementation, recruiting, coaching, and training to develop cohesive member benefit sales force.  Monitor sales performance for assessment and recommendation to next level management.  Coordinate sales forecasting, planning, and budgeting processes used within the sales organization.  Proactively measure, monitor, and strive to maintain high levels of quality, accuracy, and process consistency in the sales organization’s planning efforts.  Act as a liaison with Finance and Accounting for budget preparation, management approvals, incentive compensation, sales goal overview and commission calculations and accuracy.  Participate on and lead cross-functional, organizational-wide teams, and work with partners, peers and senior managers on strategic plan initiatives.  Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.  Back up the VP/ Human Resources as required.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in Business or equivalent preferred, not required.  Insurance License in Life & Health or Property & Casualty or Both required with the ability to acquire either license not currently held within six months of hire.  Experience in an insurance sales environment preferably in life & health and/or property & casualty.  Experience in meeting sales goals, negotiation, selling to member needs, motivation for sales, sales planning, building relationships, coaching, managing processes, market knowledge, developing budgets, and staffing.  Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and demonstrated skills in database management and record keeping.  Effective oral and written communication.  Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.  Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.  Excellent organizational skills.  Possess the knowledge and ability to explain credit union benefits, policies and procedures to employees.  Requires diplomacy and tact with the use of sound thorough judgment in dealing with management and staff.

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March of Dimes / Little Rock

Job ID:  2386

Summary:  The Division Director will organize and manage all activities in the Little Rock division including program projects, fundraising, committee and board functions, communications and community services within the division area of the chapter.

Description:   Plan and execute fundraising activities.  Recruit, orient, train and develop volunteers and staff in fundraising, program and division activities.  Recruit and train division Board volunteers; develop and manage Boards.  Manage division committees.  Control and maintain accounting records of the division.  Prepare and administer division budget.  Provide organization visibility through public relations and promotional efforts.  Develop and effectively implement community service and educational programs.  Manage and maintain all divisional records.  Secure sponsorship base for fundraising events.  Manage division office and all activities, including recruitment and staff assignments.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  Minimum 3 – 5 years of fundraising, budgeting, sales and/or marketing, and event planning experience.  Demonstrated volunteer recruitment and development experience.  Supervisory management experience necessary (for positions managing staff.)  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated leadership, organization, team building, problem solving, planning, and implementation skills.  Good computer skills, especially Word, Excel, the Internet and email.  Must be flexible and willing to travel approximately 15% – 20% of the time.  Must successfully complete a credit and criminal background check.

To Apply, or for more information:    (search Job ID:  2386)





Pine Bluff Commercial / Pine Bluff

Summary:  The Pine Bluff Commercial is looking for an education reporter who is passionate about working a beat — covering everything from the meetings to the stories behind the meetings, individual students to the overarching educational policies that will shape their future.

Description:  The education beat covers the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and a two-year technical college, SEARK College. There are four public school districts, two charter schools and a couple of private schools in our coverage area. On occasion, we will cover other schools outside of Pine Bluff in Southeast Arkansas.  The position works 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, with about four regular late nights a month because of school board meetings. Some general assignment reporting and coverage of events at night and on weekends will be required.  Pine Bluff is an excellent newspaper town that has launched many of the state’s brightest journalism careers. We have a friendly and tight-knit newsroom that is welcoming to those fresh out of college and seasoned journalists alike.

Requirements:  Reporters are expected to take their own photographs and videos. The Commercial has a strong web presence, where speed and a multi-media approach are part of the package.  Strong writing skills, speed, accuracy and respect for deadline are a must. Newsengin is our content-management system.

To Apply, or for more information:   Send resume, cover letter and writing samples to:

Amy Widner, News Editor





Ronald McDonald House / Little Rock

Summary:  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas is looking for a dynamic, self starter to provide part-time administrative support and assistance to the Executive Director.  This position is approximately 20 – 25 hours per week with flexible hours.   The successful candidate will work with the outside accounting firm and must be able to communicate, detail and document for financial accountability of the organization.  Additional duties will include general office administration.

To Apply, or for more information:  Send cover letter and resume to:  No phone calls please.





Paragould Daily Press / Paragould

Summary:  The Paragould Daily Press is seeking a general manager to oversee the entire newspaper operation.

Description:  This position is responsible for oversight of the advertising, news and circulation sales and marketing of a five-day award winning community newspaper.  Printing and mailroom are done at sister newspaper 20 miles away so you’ll be focused on creating a quality daily newspaper and other reader products as well as digital offerings.  This is a great ground level opportunity for a first time newspaper leader or someone who wants to live in a great community to make a difference.  Excellent upward mobility within Paxton Media Group for the right candidate.

Requirements:  An emphasis on newspaper advertising and/or creative revenue generation a real plus for the right candidate as well as a successful newspaper history.

To Apply, or for more information:  If you’re the right person for this opportunity, send a cover letter along with your resume to:





Sun-Times / Heber Springs

Summary:  The Sun-Times is seeking a strong sales and operational leader to accelerate local multi-media advertising growth of our twice weekly newspaper and related digital products. The general manager will be based in Heber Springs and also oversee our Newport location (the weekly Newport Independent.)

Description:  Responsibilities include driving print and digital revenue through new account acquisition; maximizing key revenue initiatives; coaching and developing the staff; build a sales pipeline; and maintaining excellent client relationships. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of goal attainment, overcoming challenges and driving digital advertising growth.  Ensures business goals and initiatives are completed timely and successfully in the local market.  Establish business goals, operational plans and budget.  Maintains the company’s community visibility by attending to meetings with community leaders, attending city council and chamber meetings.  Responsible to supervise the local site for general administration and operational matters.

Requirements:  Five years of media sales and leadership experience.  Excellent communication, presentation and time management skills. Ability to delegate and manage production of editorial content.  Ability to multi-task and deal effectively with time pressures.

To Apply, or for more information:  Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Gary Funkhouser, Regional Director





Pinnacle Signs & Graphics / North Little Rock

Summary:  We are a fun small custom sign business where we respect one another, cross-train and share in most aspects of the business as each person is able. The employers, the owners, work alongside the employees, sharing in the work and responsibilities in an open, trusting relationship. We have a clear ability to progress and earn more within our business, depending on each employee’s abilities and desire to work hard. Our environment is unique, loving, and fun! If you want to grow as a person and within your career, enjoy a family type of environment with great relationships, and don’t mind working hard, you will enjoy working with us!

Description:  Graphic Designer/Sign Production Manager Needed Join us in our mission, “We love making our customer look GREAT!” Our company is a fun fast-paced and customer-focused work environment. We’re looking for a graphic designer/sign production manager who loves to work with people and design every day! They will work with the owners and other staff, enjoying many aspects of the sign business, not only graphic design but also including production and light installations.

Requirements:  The qualified candidate must possess the following qualities and skills:  Creative and has graphic design experience in Adobe illustrator.  Detail-oriented.  Able or willing to run a large format printer.  Able or willing to learn to run a plotter/computer cut graphics machine.  Able to create proposals, detailed site plans and technical drawings.  Customer-oriented with a sense of urgency to meet deadlines.  Self-directed, organized.  Likes to work as part of a team.  Good listener, effective verbal and written communication skills.  Experience designing and producing signage is a plus!  Multi-faceted; enjoys working with hands and handling tools.

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iPov LLC / Little Rock

Description:  Working with the web marketing team, the Marketing Content Specialist is responsible for generating website content, web articles, blog articles, social media posts, press releases, and similar client related and internal materials and overseeing the production phase of publishing that copy.  Accuracy is essential. Marketing Content Specialists are accountable for checking all the content is truthful and complies with standard industry practice. Although project manager may examine the final copy, Marketing Content Specialist is also responsible for checking spelling and grammar.

Requirements:  Degree in English, journalism, marketing, advertising or related field.  Highly creative and imaginative, and curious about clients’ products or services.  Skilled in writing clear, concise and grammatically correct copy.  Well organized and multi-task oriented.  Understand the different language styles that appeal to various target markets.  Understand SEO-friendly writing procedure.  Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Work well in a team and with a range of creative people.  Be able to work under pressure and manage workloads effectively.  Be highly self-motivated and able to adhere to strict timelines.  Be able to see other people’s points of view and take constructive criticism.  Work within strict budgets.  Have an eye for detail.

To Apply, or for more information:  Email resume, three references and compensation requirements to:





Garver USA / North Little Rock

Req. Number:  20141202-1332

Summary:  Would you describe yourself as being both creative and detail-oriented? Garver’s in-house marketing team is hiring a Marketing Proposal Coordinator who will coordinate proposal packages in support of business development pursuits.  This role calls for an eye for design and the ability to proofread or edit a continuous flow of documents.

Description:  Write, edit, and proofread multi-page proposals, government forms, qualification packages, and presentations and produce in-house before external distribution.  Facilitate with the corporate graphics team to visually communicate information.  Coordinate and organize large amounts of technical information for the proposal team, including photography, external subconsultant data, and marketing collateral.  This position will work closely with Garver’s water services engineering teams from across regional offices to coordinate the proposal process for multiple business opportunities by developing win strategies, writing technical sections, providing creative layouts, and organizing large amounts of information for the pursuit team. The ideal candidate will have a strong sense of team work, the ability to multi-task and know how to prioritize duties to meet deadlines.

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Sentinel-Record / Hot Springs

Summary:  The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs has an immediate opening for a newspaper page designer.  Experience with Adobe InDesign is preferred.  You will have the opportunity to work on all sections of the paper, including sports.

To Apply, or for more information:  Resumes, cover letters, and PDFs of work samples may be submitted by email to:

Mark Gregory, Editor





Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) / Little Rock

Summary:  The CJRW Project Manager/Traffic Coordinator must have three to five years of project management experience.  He or she must possess an ability to work with the Creative Director, Production and Account Services staff to develop schedules and manage deliverables using WebAdvantage, the agency’s Web-based Project Management database. The ideal candidate will be organized, focused and have a good working knowledge of advertising agency processes and procedures. The candidate must be a self-starter with strong people skills, an aptitude for problem solving and an ability to collaborate with multiple departments to keep projects on schedule.  This person must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. After Account Service opens a new job, the Project Manager ensures that every job is completed and delivered to client satisfaction, on time, within budget and at the highest level of excellence.

Description:  Process job orders, develop and update schedules, make creative assignments with input from the Creative Director, and open a physical job jacket to be given to assigned team members.  Traffic all creative projects and make sure each project is routed to the appropriate personnel on time, proofed, approved by the Creative Director and delivered to the appropriate Account Executive on time.  Coordinate with AEs and Accounting Dept. on various information to open new client codes and ensure the coordination of creative time estimates.  Monitor status on all jobs, ensuring that all deadlines are met.  Have visibility and an ability to make determinations about staff productivity and utilization to avoid bottlenecks and make sure work is evenly distributed.  Prepare daily task lists and weekly job status reports.  Represent the agency effectively with media and suppliers.  Serve as the funnel for information and act as the primary contact to AEs and creative staff for new projects and status checks on ongoing projects.  Attend brainstorming sessions and meetings to stay informed on all projects.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree required or preferred.  Three to five (3-5) years ad agency experience, preferably in Account Service, Project Management or Production. Excellent computer and people skills.  Ability to effectively organize work, establish and maintain schedules.  Knowledge of WebVantage a plus.

To Apply, or for more information:  Only qualified candidates need apply.

Dante Kellerman,

Director of Human Resources





Sentinel-Record / Hot Springs

Summary:  The Sentinel-Record, a morning daily newspaper in Hot Springs, has an opening for a full-time time reporter (5 days a week, 40 hours total) to cover law enforcement and the court system in Garland County and surrounding areas.

To Apply, or for more information:   Email any examples of your work along with a resume and cover letter to:

Mark Gregory, Editor





Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / Bentonville

Summary:  The Special Events Senior Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Special Events team with promoting and coordinating private and internal events. This individual will have a proven record of exemplary high-level customer service and have a strong desire to execute highly successful events. This position requires independent judgment as well as project management skills (supervising all event details and the event team during event execution).Required client interaction includes responding to Sales Coordinator requests and handling inquiries by phone, internet and in person. Excellent follow up, time management and organizational skills are required. This position includes some contract execution as well as handling information requests. To that end this position requires proficiency with the Event Management System (EMS) database for scheduling and tracking event details and must be able to multi-task in a fast paced environment while projecting a positive professional attitude. Some weekend and evening work will be required. The Special Events Senior Coordinator reports to the Special Events Manager and works in collaboration with Culinary Services, Marketing, Facilities, Education, Advancement, Security, Retail, Finance, Membership and Guest Services.

Description:  Design and plan events including private external events and internal Museum events as assigned, working within client’s expectations and budget.  Liaison with service providers and vendors to ensure successful events.  Facilitate any and all pertinent documentation for private and internal events.(Lease Agreements, Banquet Event Orders, third-party rental orders, invoicing and payment processing requests.)  Collaborate with Culinary Services, Education, Advancement, Security and Facilities to ensure events run smoothly and are supportive of the overall mission of Crystal Bridges.  Coordinate with SE Team and other Museum Departments (Culinary, Special Event, IT, Facilities, etc.) as required for event.  Serve as on site coordinator at special events, ensuring that events run smoothly and follow museum guidelines.  Follow up with clients after events have taken place to ensure customer satisfaction and cultivation for future events.  Track and report on client progress and event status at team meetings.  Assist Manager in the development of department processes and procedures.  Serve as Special Events Manager when Manager is absent.  Other duties as assigned.


Requirements:   Associate’s degree. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education preferred.  Minimum five years’ experience in event planning in a hotel, convention center or corporate environment.  Working knowledge of food and beverage services is required.  Valid Driver’s License.

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Walton Arts Center / Fayetteville

Summary:  Manage the VIP box sales, AMP Rocker program, AMP Founders and sponsorship programs to secure support for the Walmart AMP in consultation with the Director of Corporate Relations.

Description:  Manage annual box seat sales and sponsorship program including new sponsor acquisition, benefits administration and annual plan development.  Manage AMP Rocks! Program for individual donors and sponsors at $5,000 and below.  Coordinate with appropriate departments to implement terms of sponsorship agreements including ticketing benefits, parking benefits, lounge access, sponsor activation, team events, in-kind product donation and marketing benefits.  Manage ticket distribution and delivery for sponsors and box holders throughout season.  Maintain appropriate relationships and contact information for all sponsors and box holders for communications throughout season for pre-sales, policy updates etc.  Provide superior customer service to sponsors and be available on nights and weekends as necessary.  Serve as contact within Walton Arts Center for matters involving sponsorships and Development at the Walmart AMP.  Create and implement an annual plan to recruit, retain and grow corporate sponsorship at the Walmart AMP.  Cultivate new sponsor relationships through cold calls, networking and proposal development.  Ensure maximum return on investment for both sponsor and Walmart AMP through creative proposal development, on-going analysis of benefits for sponsors and solid execution of sponsor benefits.  Work with Finance team to ensure timely payment of all sponsorship commitments.  Administer all logistics of sponsor program including maintenance and support of administrative and computerized records, contacts, payment plans, thank-you notes and IRS required documents.  Actively engage other staff members, particularly Director of Corporate Relations and the General Manager of the Walmart AMP, in appointments or relationship-building to support the program.

Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in communications, marketing, non-profit business management, business development or other related field. Four years of demonstrated experience in sales management, customer relations, business development, and/or project management experience is required. A proven record of excellent relationship-building skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Prefer experience with relationship management software.

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Heartland Foundation Contributes Almost $100,000 in 2014 to Nonprofits throughout Arkansas, U.S.

Heartland Foundation LogoHeartland Foundation, the charitable outlet of Heartland Bank, contributed $97,500 dollars to nine nonprofits in 2014. They are:

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital – $50,000. This contribution is the second of the 10-year commitment to provide $500,000 as a cornerstone gift to support the Arkansas Children’s House facility. Terry and Walter Quinn of Little Rock, Heartland Bank’s majority shareholders, have also personally pledged a matching $50,000 each year for ten years, bringing the total donation to $1,000,000. The Quinn family had been active as volunteers and supporters of Arkansas Children’s Hospital for three generations.
  • Children’s Protection Center – $20,000 for the Forensic Interview Program and equipment costs.
  • Arkansas Rice Depot – $10,000 for the Food For Kids Program.
  • Beyond Batten Disease Foundation- $5,000 to support BBDF ’s partnership with the New York Stem Cell Foundation to create iPS stem cells for Batten disease research.
  • Junior League of Little Rock – $4,000 for its Literacy Campaign Program. Heartland serves as a book sponsor.
  • Ronald McDonald House – $2,500 for the Ronald McDonald House Campaign.
  • Economics Arkansas – $2,500 for the Teacher Grant Program.
  • Arkansas Tech University Foundation – $2,500 for Legacy Forward, the Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Endowment.
  • UALR Suicide Prevention and Campus Health Foundation – $1,000 for the Community Awareness Campaign.

The Heartland Foundation has been created by the board of directors of Heartland Bank, and employees of the bank nominated all organizations for support. For more information, contact Ashley East at 501.850.8279  or 501.749.7467.

About Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank was founded in 1933. Originally based in Camden, Heartland has grown to serve customers throughout the state and region with branches currently in Little Rock, Bryant, Sheridan, Fordyce and Dallas, Texas.

Only Five Days Left to Get Discount Tickets to 11th Annual Christmas in the Quarter

Victorian-Christmas-christmas-32723752-1024-76811th Annual Christmas in the Quarter Sets Holiday Atmosphere Dec. 7Tour of Historic Homes Raises Funds for Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church

WHO:                         Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church

WHAT:                       11th Annual Christmas in the Quarter holiday tour of homes event

WHEN:                       2-5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

WHERE:                    Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Louisiana in downtown Little Rock

HOW:                         Tour of homes is throughout the historic Quapaw Quarter area of downtown Little Rock. Attendees can stroll from home to home, or trolleys will shuttle participants to and from each home on the tour.

COST:                        Discount tickets available until 5 p.m. Saturday, December 6 for $20 each. Regular price tickets are $25 and available only at the church at 1601 S. Louisiana in Little Rock on Sun., Dec. 7.

Tickets purchased by 5 p.m. Dec. 6 can be obtained online at, by calling 501-375-1600 or at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church.

BACKGROUND:      Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church is celebrating its 11th Annual Christmas in the Quarter holiday tour of homes from 2-5 p.m. in the Quapaw Quarter of downtown Little Rock on Sun., Dec. 7. The event gives guests a glimpse into four 19th century homes and the turn-of-the-century church while savoring the tastes, sights, sounds and scents of the holidays. All funds raised go to Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church.

Homes on this year’s tour include the church at 1601 S. Louisiana, the Empress of Little Rock at 2120 S. Louisiana, the House at 2101 Louisiana, the Foster-Robinson House at 2122 S. Broadway, and the Villa Marre at 1321 Scott.

Step back a couple of centuries without leaving Little Rock during this holiday event by touring the holiday-decorated homes and church, learn a bit about the history of each, and enjoy appetizers, beverages and live music, including strolling minstrels singing carols. Also this year, anyone purchasing a ticket in advance can start the tour from any home featured on the event. Those purchasing tickets the day of the event will start the tour from the church, where all guests can sit in peace and fellowship in its Gothic Revival architecture and relish holiday refreshments.

Until 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6, tickets are available for $20 per person. Tickets purchased by Dec. 6 are available online at, by calling the church at 501-375-1600 or visiting Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church. On the day of the event, tickets are $25 per person and only available at the church. Tourists can purchase these tickets with cash, check or credit/debit cards.

For more information about Christmas in the Quarter or Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, visit or contact Rev. Anne Holcomb, associate pastor, at or 501-375-1600.

About Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church was designed by Charles L. Thompson and Thomas Harding, Jr. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a Gothic Revival style with Queen Anne characteristics. The sanctuary still retains its original features and furnishings, including eight side windows and a large Gothic Triptych window, all of intricately assembled Tiffany-style stained glass, depicting biblical persons and liturgical symbols. The original cork tile floor is an early example of green design. Overhead, Gothic openwork trusses provide both decoration and structural support for the roof.

The Pine Bluff Commercial Seeks Education Reporter

The Pine Bluff Commercial is looking for an education reporter who is passionate about working a beat — covering everything from the meetings to the stories behind the meetings, individual students to the overarching educational policies that will shape their future.
The education beat covers the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and a two-year technical college, SEARK College. There are four public school districts, two charter schools and a couple of private schools in our coverage area. On occasion, we will cover other schools outside of Pine Bluff in Southeast Arkansas.
The position works 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, with about four regular late nights a month because of school board meetings. Some general assignment reporting and coverage of events at night and on weekends will be required.
Reporters are expected to take their own photographs and videos. The Commercial has a strong web presence, where speed and a multi-media approach are part of the package.
Strong writing skills, speed, accuracy and respect for deadline are a must. Newsengin is our content-management system.
Pine Bluff is an excellent newspaper town that has launched many of the state’s brightest journalism careers. We have a friendly and tight-knit newsroom that is welcoming to those fresh out of college and seasoned journalists alike.
Pine Bluff is located 45 minutes south of Little Rock. It has a population of about 48,000 and is the largest town in Southeast Arkansas. It has a rich history and distinct Delta culture.
Stephens Media offers sick leave/vacation time, health care, 401(k) and other benefits. We are an equal-opportunity employer. A drug test will be required.
Send a resume, cover letter and writing samples to Amy Widner at or by mail at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.

Mass Enthusiasm, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County Launch Give with ME Campaign on Giving Tuesday

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Mass Enthusiasm, a full-service marketing communications agency in Little Rock, contributed $1,000 to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County to launch the Give with ME campaign at 10 a.m. at 200 Rivermarket Ave., Suite 100 in Little Rock on Tuesday, December 2.

Mass Enthusiasm’s founder and president, Chris McMillen, was a recipient of a scholarship from SPSF of PC when he was attending college, working full time and raising his five-year-old son, Aidan. To help another single parent realize his or her dream of success, McMillen and Mass Enthusiasm are contributing $1,000 to the fund, which is enough to pay for one parent’s tuition for one semester. The goal of the Give with ME campaign is to encourage others to contribute whatever amount they choose directly to SPSF of PC to assist other single parents in paying for tuition, books, utilities, groceries, rent, childcare, transportation and a host of other needs that single parents may not be able to afford.

Chris McMillen

“It was the hardest time of my life,” McMillen says. “I had no idea how I was going to do it all – raise Aidan, work, go to class, study, afford rent and living expenses. The scholarship I got from Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County meant one less thing for me to worry about, and it helped me realize the sacrifice of that time is why I enjoy the success I have today.”

SPSF of PC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1991 to provide scholarship dollars and support services to high-potential, low-income, single parents in Pulaski County, Arkansas. The organization’s students are highly motivated individuals who desire a better life for themselves and their families. They commit to their own success long before they become our recipients.

To contribute in any amount to the Give with ME campaign, visit All contributions are tax-deductible and go directly to SPSF of PC for dissemination. The campaign will end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31.

For more information about the Give with ME campaign, Mass Enthusiasm or the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County, contact KD Reep at 501-766-1260 or

About Mass Enthusiasm

Mass Enthusiasm, Inc. is a full-service design and marketing firm specializing in extending and propelling an organization’s market reach by creating consistent and effective brand campaigns. By carrying out consistent creative through various channels, we are able to build brand loyalty, awareness and reach for our clients. For more information, visit

About Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County

SPSF is a comprehensive scholarship program: we provide scholarships, nurture families, and create new futures. Our recipients receive $2,700 per year ($900 each fall, spring, summer semester) to help with tuition, fees, books, daycare, rent or mortgage, utility assistance, professional dues, testing fees, transportation needs, diapers, even food.

We nurture families and offer a strong support community through our mentoring program and access to a wide network of community resources. Additionally, we host an empowering workshop series that addresses issues relevant to our students: Financial Literacy, Communication and Leadership, Personal Management, and Professionalism and Polish.

Consistently, over 90 percent of our students graduate or continue their education. SPSF provides a “hand-up” to single parents who demonstrate the ability and commitment to be successful in completing their college education. The results are impressive–students move from place of being economically dependent to a place of full-time employment and earning competitive wages that meet the needs of their families.