University of Arkansas – Fayetteville Communications Manager and Program Specialist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Position Information

Posting Number NC1281P

Quick Link for Posting

Working Title Communications Manager and Program Specialist

Position Number 15782

Department Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

About the University

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. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

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. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

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.

About the College/Department

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor for Economic Development encompasses multi¬disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities. The Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, with the following goals and objectives:

To increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth; to create new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance; to directly support Indian country by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, including research and publications in the following subject areas: Tribal Governance Infrastructure to Enhance Business and Economic Development Opportunities Financial Markets and Asset Management, including Banking, Risk Management, and Stewardship of Land and Natural Resources Health and Nutrition Policy for Tribal Community Wellness Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Traditional Knowledge.

For more information, visit theIFAIwebsite or contact: Colby D. Duren

Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

(479) 575.4699

cduren@uark.edu

Department Home Page https://www.indigenousfoodandag.com/

Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The Communications Manager and Program Specialist of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) within the Vice Chancellor for Economic Development (VCED) and is responsible for advancing IFAI’s goals, missions, and objectives through the full spectrum of strategic communications and program analyzation. The Communications Manager and Program Specialist is responsible for developing, executing, and maintaining comprehensive communication, outreach, and engagement strategy to increase the visibility and profile ofIFAIand its major national initiatives. This involves strategic planning, public relations, and direct outreach through social media, webinars, teleconferences, written materials, public speaking, and attending in-person meetings and events. This position is also responsible for developing reports and contributing to research and programmatic efforts to helpIFAItell its story and support the empowerment of the Tribes, Tribal producers, and Tribal communitiesIFAIserves. With fellowIFAIstaff, the Communications Manager and Program Specialist will help with the delivery of IFAI’s initiatives working directly with Tribal governments, Intertribal organizations, various partners and constituencies, as well as the national media and other external stakeholders. The Communications Manager and Program Specialist position reports to and is evaluated by theIFAIDirector and works in collaboration with colleagues throughout the campus. This position involves frequent long-distance travel by air or vehicle on behalf ofIFAIfor various events and requires representation ofIFAIand the University of Arkansas in public and private settings. This position is required to be located at theIFAIheadquarters in Fayetteville, AR.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  • At least two years of experience working with national inter-tribal organizations and/or firms focusing on communications and outreach

  • Experience leading, co-leading, or supporting national initiatives on issues of importance to Native American populations

  • Prior experience delivering projects funded by federal or private organizations

  • Website development and website data analytics experience

  • Social media outreach expertise and development of communication strategies

  • Public speaking experience before large audiences on issues of importance to Tribal governments and Native American populations

  • Experience providing outreach, assistance, and/or training for Native American populations

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience interfacing between American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian governments on complex issues related to Tribal sovereignty, governance, and/or food and agriculture

  • Familiarity and experience with federal Indian law and policy issues at the national level

  • Willingness to work as part of a complex team of professionals on issues to support Native farmers and ranchers

  • Prior work supporting Native American organizations, Tribal governments, and Inter-Tribal organizations and providing advice on communications and outreach plans

  • Experience working with the legislative and/or executive branch at the federal level

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the complex issues affecting Native populations

  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and evaluate problems, as well as devise effective solutions with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrated skills in working with attorneys and other professionals in a professional environment

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage workload

  • Demonstrated ability to interface with the public on complex matters and ability to seek answers and solutions to complex matters through research and collaboration

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize critical thinking skills to find solutions to complex issues facing Native communities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues

  • Ability to speak effectively one¬-on-¬one, in small groups, or in large and very large groups, as well as with media professionals

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Occasionally

  • Crouching

  • Driving

  • Kneeling

  • Lifting

  • Pulling

  • Pushing

  • Standing

  • Stooping

Frequently

  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding

  • Grasping

  • Reaching

  • Sitting

  • Talking

  • Walking

Constantly

  • Hearing

  • Repetitive motion

Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Enterprise Center

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary $55,000 - $70,000

Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background and registered sex offender check

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

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.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 12/20/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources

ADMN222

(479) 575-5351

Askhr.uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

Work Location Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Do you have a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education?

  2. Yes

  3. No

  4. *Do you have at least two years of experience working with national inter-tribal organizations and/or firms focusing on communications and outreach

  5. Yes

  6. No

  7. *Do you have experience leading, co-leading, or supporting national initiatives on issues of importance to Native American populations

  8. yes

  9. no

  10. *Do you have prior experience delivering projects funded by federal or private organizations?

  11. yes

  12. no

  13. *Do you have proficiency and experience in website development and maintenance using one or more content management systems?

  14. Yes

  15. No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Resume

  2. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)

Optional Documents

  1. Proof of Veterans Status

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.