Content Specialist

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Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

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Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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Office of Communications Director

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Content Specialist will write news articles and web stories to communicate the impact of work being done by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The writer will work with Extension faculty and staff to tell compelling stories about the work of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the Division of Agriculture. The writer will participate in media relations by developing media lists, creating and delivering on-target pitches for stories and being of service to journalists seeking information for stories they generate.

The writer will be expected to:

Write news and feature stories that convey the relevance and value of Extension work in meeting the missions of the Division. Establish and maintain good working relationships with faculty and staff in multiple departments. Frame stories to maximize news value. Understand and translate complex scientific concepts for the average reader. Edit and review stories written by other Communications personnel. Be a self-starter who doesn't wait on assignments but seeks out new story opportunities.

Develop and maintain working relationships with relevant reporters, editors and other influencers.

Edit existing evergreen website content and write new content as needed. Assist with social media content development. Assist with other forms of content, including writing video scripts, creating PowerPoint presentations, and developing content for social media campaigns.

Utilize all available tools to achieve a high level of accuracy and precision in all written work.

Take advantage of internal and external professional development opportunities and share relevant information within and outside the department through formal and informal training.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts/Sciences Degree in journalism, communications discipline or related field from an accredited college or university.Some travel will be required; therefore, applicants must be able to qualify to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of state business.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years of experience writing and editing,
  • Knowledge of agricultural issues
  • Photography skills would be a plus
  • Social media experience a plus
  • Familiarity with Creative Cloud

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong writing/reporting techniques to make stories appealing for news media and public
  • Excellent writing and storytelling skills - must have a strong command of the English language and grammar
  • Journalistic integrity
  • Self-editing skills - meticulous attention to detail is critical
  • Ability to demonstrate solid news judgment
  • Familiarity with AP writing style
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and complete projects on time.
  • Ability and desire to quickly and efficiently learn new skills and learn from others
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills

Salary Information:
Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s), Writing Sample

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position are requested to upload a Resume, Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, three (3) Letters of Recommendation & Examples of writing/content prior to submitting the application. Note: E xamples of research/science-focused writing/content is preferred.

Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents. If you have technical issues uploading a document or if you would like to provide additional documentation after submitting your application, email them to Documents will be uploaded to your profile after receipt of confirmation.

Recruitment Contact Information:

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Motor Vehicle Reports Check
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates 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.

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Frequent Physical Activity:

Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Talking

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