05 Apr
Manager, School of Design and Creative Technologies Communications
Texas, Austin , 73301 Austin USA

Job Posting Title:

Manager, School of Design and Creative Technologies Communications


Hiring Department:

School of Design and Creative Technologies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

Responsible for the development, implementation, analysis and improvement of all communications and marketing programs across the School of Design and Creative Technologies. Direct the strategic priorities in an effort to increase the visibility of the school, improve brand awareness, and enhance our reputation.


Job Details:

General Notes

As the largest undergraduate program in the College of Fine Arts, the School of Design and Creative Technologies(SDCT) at The University of Texas at Austin has become a national leader in design, design thinking, game design, and creative technology innovation during its five-year tenure. Home to three undergraduate degrees, two graduate programs, a robust bridging discipline certificate, The Center for Integrated Design, and over 20 faculty, the Department of Design and Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies make up the School of Design and Creative Technologies. We seek a curious, proactive collaborator to drive an inspiring and achievable communications strategy that does justice to the bold spirit of our innovative School.


Strategic Planning: In collaboration with school leadership, develop and oversee the execution of a clear, courageous and achievable communication strategy for the School, including talking points, scripts and presentations for school leaders. Serve as a contributing member of the assistant dean's leadership team and the main point of contact for communications-related work for department chairs and program/center directors. Manage to a proscribed budget and maintain fiscal discipline and efficiency. Establish and maintain timely schedules for the production of publications and other materials

Innovative Story Creation and Promotion: Celebrate and support SDCT community of faculty, staff, students, and partners through dynamic and engaging storytelling. Seek out and create new stories, voices and perspectives from within our ranks – the hidden (and not so hidden) gems of SDCT programs – and find the best routes to share them with the world. Innovate and experiment beyond traditional platforms and find new and unique communication moments.

Digital and Print Management: Oversee and create content for SDCT web site, social media channels, print brochures and all digital and print content for the school. Devise and execute integrated strategies and campaigns that increase awareness and reach of SDCT and create and promote content that can be shared and amplified. Manage relationships with vendors for photography and video production to create multimedia assets for the school. Serve as managing editor of annual digital scholarly publication Journal of Design and Creative Technologies.

Media Relations: Oversee media relations, ensuring that we continually increase state, national and global visibility and proactively promote the school and its vision, mission, goals and societal and economic impact. Draft and disseminate media releases, maintain up-to-date media contact lists and cultivate and nurture strong and long-term relationships with key media outlets and reporters.

Internal Communications: Collaborate with SDCT leadership on, and send, internal leadership communications to students, faculty and staff.

Brand Management: Ensure that everything produced and disseminated to any internal or external group aligns with all SDCT, COFA and UT branding standards.

Communications Liaison: Establish and maintain role as liaison with UT Austin's central communications office and attend University Marketing and Communications meetings as representative of SDCT. Work closely with the Director of Communications for the College of Fine Arts.

Other projects as assigned: Offer occasional support on event planning and other administrative projects.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or related field.

Copy Editing and Writing: Expert-level knowledge of a variety of formats, styles, and techniques for publishing materials; ability to develop and review these materials to promote school’s related activities.

Planning, Tactical and Strategic: Working experience and demonstrated knowledge of effective planning techniques and ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.

Interpersonal Relationships: Extensive experience and demonstrated knowledge of the techniques and the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.

Relationship Management: Working experience and demonstrated knowledge of the techniques and the ability to establish and maintain healthy working relationships with media, internal leadership and faculty, vendors, and peers.

Communicating for Impact: Working experience and demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, tools and techniques for effective listening and communicating; ability to apply these theories to receive, transmit and accurately interpret information and ideas to influence others in various situations.

Team Management: Working experience and demonstrated knowledge of effective team building techniques and ability to form and manage effective teams.

Producing Results: Working experience and demonstrated understanding of the criticality of getting things done despite challenges and the ability to utilize resources in innovative ways to achieve or exceed planned outcomes.

  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

6+ years' experience as a communications professional

Experience working in higher education as a communications professional.

Knowledge of AP style for editorial content.

Experience with content management systems.

Ability to understand technical topics and translate them for public expression.

Salary Range

$57,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a standard office environment and remote as necessary.

Repetitive use of keyboard at workstation.

Work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, is required on a periodic basis.

Work Shift

Standard M-F, 8am – 5pm

Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Letter of interest

3 writing samples – examples include but not limited to press releases, speeches, media placements or other strategic communications written by candidate

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

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.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197.

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