UCA Seeks Director of Media Relations

Posting Details

Title Information
AR State Title Director of University Relations
Minimum Salary or Salary Range $60,000 to $70,000 commensurate on experience

Position Details

Position Information
Posting Number NC0382018
Working Title Director of Media Relations
Department Org 120000 – Office of the President
Position Summary The Director of Media Relations will be responsible for developing and executing integrated public and media relations programs designed to advance the mission and vision of the University of Central Arkansas in traditional and new media. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director of Media Relations serves as a key media strategist for colleagues across the university. Responsibilities include serving as the spokesperson for UCA, issues management and crisis communications, development and implementation of proactive media strategies and tactics, management of media relations and strategic communications involving the University President and leadership at all levels. This includes vice presidents, deans, faculty, administration and students. Will have access to sensitive and confidential information.
Job Duties and Responsibilities • Manages and releases news, fields day-to-day media inquiries and plays the lead role in the university’s issue management and crisis communications efforts. Pitch stories of programs and events. Serves as the critical member of the crisis communications team, responding proactively and creatively in a fast-paced media environment for a brand with high visibility.

• In collaboration with the Chief of Staff and the Vice President for Advancement, works to coordinate and implement communications and media relations efforts in support of the President and other leaders in UCA’s central administration.

• Prepares news releases, media statements, talking points, briefing materials, Q & As, news articles and other materials for internal/external audiences.

• Builds and maintains productive relationships with national, regional and local news media.

• Conduct all media interviews on behalf of the institution.

• Monitor all media hits including but not limited to TV, Print, Radio and Web.

• Works in conjunction and collaboration with University Advancement as well as other entities on campus to ensure messaging is in agreement.

• Draft and disseminate all press releases and media notices regarding the President’s Office and/ Board of Trustees.

• Outstanding communications skills-with a strong command of grammar and knowledge of Associated Press style – and presence at all levels and for all audiences, internal and external

• Work with Advancement and Special Events to ensure all aspects of said event are covered.

• Work with College of Fine Arts and Communications and Office of Outreach to ensure press releases are sent out in a timely manner.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities See Job Duties and Responsibilities.
Required Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s Degree required and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in media relations including journalism, communications and public relations.
Preferred Education and/or Experience
University, Campus, and Community Description Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of approximately 11,500 students. The university offers more than 75 undergraduate and more than 50 graduate certificate and degree programs, including doctoral programs in five disciplines. The student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and its contributions in scholarship and creative activities. The campus is widely acclaimed for its beauty. UCA is located in Conway, Arkansas, a thriving city of approximately 60,000 in central Arkansas, and thirty minutes from Little Rock. Conway is home to several major industries, two private colleges, an excellent public school system, and strong private K–12 schools. Residents have easy access to the Ouachita and Ozark National forests and pristine wildlife areas near the Buffalo National River.
Desired start date 08/16/2018
Position Summary and Qualifications
Physical Demands Checklist
Physical Exertion
Posting Detail Information
Background Check Statement This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, financial history background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
UCA EEO Statement The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.
Open Date 07/19/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants Work Schedule – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings and weekends as needed to handle emerging issues and to meet deadlines.

Please supply three references that can supply a letter of reference for you.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume

Optional Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Additional Documents
  4. Veteran’s Documents

Arkansas Medical Society Seek Membership and Communications Specialist

Membership and Communications Specialist

Arkansas Medical Society


POSITION SUMMARY                   

To direct and manage the activities related to membership recruitment and retention for the Society, including but not limited to working with other AMS staff to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the related administrative processes such as dues billing, membership renewal, and data management.


To develop and direct effective communication strategies that will reach and engage physicians, medical office staff, the public, and specialty societies managed by the AMS.



Develop and implement targeted, data-driven strategies to achieve membership growth and drive member engagement for the association.  This includes working closely with AMS executive staff to develop an understanding of member needs, current legislation, and the changing health care environment.


Develop and/or coordinate marketing campaigns for the Society’s ongoing projects, including but not limited to specialty society management, educational conferences, webinars, etc.


Work with EVP and executive staff to oversee the Society’s publications including the Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society and the AMS NewsBriefs.   Manage the association’s social media accounts and website including the development of content and use of social media to achieve the Society’s goals.



The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing or related field.  Three years of association or related experience is preferred.  Candidate should be proficient in MS Office and Adobe Creative Cloud programs and have experience managing public social media accounts. A working knowledge of graphic design and website development is preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, a team player, and a problem solver as this position impacts and draws from every area department of the association. The ideal candidate will also possess excellent oral/written communications skills for extensive interactions with physicians, health care professionals, and the public. Strong organizational skills are essential to monitor multiple projects simultaneously to ensure that deliverables meet content, quality and time standards. Some travel may be required.



Resumes may be sent to Kay Waldo at kwaldo@arkmed.org.



About the Arkansas Medical Society –  Established in 1875, the AMS is a professional membership organization representing the physicians and medical students across the state of Arkansas. Headquartered in Little Rock, the primary functions of the AMS are to provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, continuing education, and to serve as the primary voice for physicians and their patients.


ARUMC Seeks Children’s Coordinator

The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas is currently accepting applications for the Conference Children’s Ministry Coordinator, a quarter-time position.

Overview: The Conference Coordinator of Children’s Ministries is responsible for promoting and strengthening the Children’s Ministries of the Arkansas Annual Conference by overseeing the work of the Conference Children’s Committee; creating and supporting active District Children’s Leadership Teams; providing resources and training to local church Children’s Ministry leaders.

Qualifications:  Serious applicants must have the following:

  • A college degree or equivalent program experience in children’s ministry
  • Preferably have Certification in Children’s Ministry
  • Three or more years in children’s ministry leadership

In addition, they should show evidence of entrepreneurial and team-oriented leadership as well as strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.   A working knowledge of The United Methodist Church structure, doctrine and polity is important.

Detailed Job Description   A detailed job description can be found here, by contacting Rev. Jim Polk at jim.polk@arumc.org or by calling 870-324-8042.

Salary and Benefits are commensurate with education, training, experience, and skills.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, current resume and reference list to jim.polk@arumc.org

The Gaines House Seeks Executive Director

The Gaines House is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing homeless women who have a mental health diagnosis or physical disability, a safe, supportive environment in which to transition to more permanent housing.

The Board of Directors is currently seeking an Executive Director to lead staff and support women in this endeavor. Candidates must possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written, be organized, compassionate, and work independently with the direction of a volunteer Board from the community.

Candidate should have Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, familiarity with Microsoft word and Quickbooks, and have at least two years’ experience supervising staff. Resume should be submitted on line at gaineshouse@aristotle.net.

Salary commiserate with experience; salary range $35,000 to $45,000.

Closing date: July 31st

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Seeks Volunteers to Help Children at Casa Padre Facility in Brownsville, TX

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is leading the effort to reunite families, and has been granted 2 days to interview 1000 children being held at Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, July 12-13.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on massive scale – please forward to folks you know who are:
– lawyers
– interpreters/ translators
– medical and mental health professionals

From Law Professor Wendi Warren Binford, leading an effort to reunite children separated from their parents when they sought asylum with their families. The team is being led by Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

“We are being given access to the children at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, on July 12-13 and need massive help. Approximately 1,000 children are being held there and we have the right to interview every single one of them under Flores, but we will only have two days and 9-12 hours per day to do so. Every interview takes approximately one hour, which means that we will need approximately sixty attorneys, plus interpreters. We need some interpreters to speak indigenous Central American languages as well as Spanish and other languages around the world (last week our team was looking for a Punjabi speaker while interviewing a child at one of the Border Patrol stations). We also are seeking volunteer pediatric medical and therapeutic professionals who can volunteer to provide support onsite both days.

Almost no private citizens are allowed to meet with these children, but a limited number of attorneys can under Flores and we need more volunteer attorneys on our team in light of the current crisis. If you go to Brownsville (or one of the the other sites where children are being held), you can document who and where these children are, who their parents are, and as much as the children can recall of where and when they were separated from their parents so that we can provide that information to the court and seek their prompt reunification with their families.

There is no travel funding available and all work done is on a volunteer basis. If you cannot help with the visit at Casa Padre on July 12-13, we also will probably need volunteers for visits to the ORR/Southwest Key facilities once those dates are set.

If you are willing and able to volunteer, please contact wbinford@willamette.edu. She  will help you with paperwork to get your background check started and the introductions you need to possibly be added to the Flores team.”

The BridgeWay Seeks Marketer


The BridgeWay, celebrating 35 years of providing quality mental health care to Arkansans, is hiring an experienced marketer for our acute and outpatient programs. An employer of choice for mental health professionals, we offer competitive pay and an excellent benefit package as well as a rewarding culture that serves children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

To apply, visit our website https://www.thebridgeway.com/employment/. For questions about this role, email Bruce Trimble, director of business development at Bruce.Trimble@uhsinc.com.