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Specialist, Department of Visual Communication
Austin Community College District

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2022
Title Specialist, Department of Visual Communication
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administration - Other

Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester.  We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement.  We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

*Commitment to Equity and Inclusion*_

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC’s faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:
Specialist, Department of Visual Communication

Job Description Summary:
To support students, faculty, and staff of the Visual Communication department and work directly with the department chair on coordination of department program activities.

Job Description:

*Description of Duties and Tasks *

1) Advises students on various aspects of the Visual Communication Department program such as majors, course selection, transferability, and prerequisite for degree plans.
2) Distributes and tracks student paperwork, as required.
3) Maintains persistent contact with Visual Communication students in person, via email, and phone to ensure completion and increase student success (case management).
4) Serves as first point-of-contact for students who have questions and issues and re-directs them to the appropriate resource.

5) Performs data collection, tracking, organizing, and reporting on student enrollment, activities, and participation on a regular basis. Presents summary reports to departmental stakeholders. Compiles reports for the college: annual reports, data, information to the dean, and others.

6) Develops and maintains a communication plan that allows the department to engage with stakeholders and promote the department. Methods include writing and coordinating marketing materials, using social media, and updating information and stories on the website.

7) Maintains departmental communication to current students and alumni via website updates, email updates, and e-newsletters, using tools such as MailChimp or Constant Contact.
8) Coordinates communication with students about experiential learning opportunities such as workshops, internships, coops, apprenticeships, and job placement. 

9) Promotes the department by attending job fairs, high school outreach/recruiting events, and professional association meetings. Hosts student tours and visitors to the department.

10) Coordinates and facilitates departmental events (such as student shows, talks, and student club activities), including marketing, outreach, invitation, promotion, and purchasing. 
11) Assists with office management processes, including maintaining and updating records and files and submitting reports as needed.

12) Maintains communications with the department chair and faculty in the department.
13) May oversee work of hourly employees.
14) Other duties as assigned.

*Knowledge *

  • Current best practices in college career services, advising, and coaching strategies.
  • Principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
  • Understanding of the importance of cultural competence in promoting student success.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices associated with student success.


  • Working collaboratively, as well as independently.
  • Maintaining an established work schedule.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
  • Effectively working with a diverse and multicultural student body.
  • Writing professional-level correspondence.

*Technology Skills *

  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

*Required Work Experience *

  • Two years related work experience.

*Required Education *

  • Bachelor’s degree.

*Special Requirements *

  • A criminal background check may be conducted if this position requires public school visitations.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License and reliable transportation may be required if the position will involve travel between ACC campuses and local public school districts.

Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

Pay Range
$37,465 – $53,521

Number of Openings:

Job Posting Close Date:
March 25, 2022

*ACC Benefits Overview*_
Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.

*EEO Statement*_
The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.

*Clery Act*_
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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