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Job ID: 163470

Specialist, Program - Visual Communication
Austin Community College District

Date Posted Jul. 20, 2021
Title Specialist, Program - Visual Communication
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Social Sciences - Communication

Position Information
Location Highland Campus
Hours 40 hours/week as assigned; Generally Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, with some possible evenings/weekends.
Salary Specialist 6.5/119 ($36,730.00 – $52,472.00)
FLSA Status Exempt
Reports To Department Chair
Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC’s College Police department.
General Statement of Job
To support the assigned department and work directly with the department head on coordination of department program activities.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Arranges and coordinates assigned activities, as needed.
Advises students on various aspects of the program such as majors, course selection, transferability, and prerequisite for degree plans.
Distributes and tracks student paperwork, as required.
Maintains communications with department chair and faculty in the department.
May assist with creation and maintenance of departmental and/or instructional websites.
Depending on department, may address student issues arising from field observation requirement. Forwards such issues to Department Chair as needed. Meets with students on a one-to-one basis when necessary, to resolve problems with field observations.
Depending on department, may coordinate placement and scheduling of Austin Community College (ACC) students in public schools for required observations. Maintains telephone and email correspondences with ISD partners, ACC faculty, and students. Prepares and forwards all necessary documentation and background check information to participating school districts for placement.
Depending on department, may serve as a liaison between ACC and independent school district personnel. Establishes and maintains new partnerships for field observation placements. Assists with college and department related outreach and networking.
Depending on department, may Initiate, assist, and maintain communication with public school officials and administrative staff regarding school visitation portion of Coordinating Board requirements for ACC education courses.
May oversee work of hourly employees.
Additional Job Specific Duties Student case management: maintains persistent contact with the Visual Communication students in person, via email and phone to ensure completion and increase student success. Serves as first point-of-contact for students who have questions and issues and re-directs them to the appropriate resource. 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 dean and others. Assists with office management processes, including maintaining and updating records and files and submitting reports as needed. Develops and maintains a communication plan 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. Maintains departmental communication with students via email updates and e-newsletters, using tools such as MailChimp or Constant Contact. Coordinates communication with students about with students about experiential learning opportunities such as workshops, internships, coops, apprenticeships and job placement. Promotes the department by attending and presenting to groups at job fairs, high school outreach/recruiting events, advisory committee meetings, and professional association meetings. Hosts student tours and visitors to the department. Coordinates and facilitated department events (such as student shows, talks, and student club activities), including marketing, outreach, invitation, promotion, and purchasing.
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. 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.
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. 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. May also use social media, work with desktop publishing, and update webpages.
Required Work Experience
Two years related work experience.
Preferred Work Experience Experience performing core and/or additional job specific duties at a college or university. Demonstrated proficiency at an intermediate level using standard office software such as: Microsoft Office or Google Suite tools. Experience with software for the educational sector, such as the Ellucian or Workday suite of enterprise resource planning, constituent relationship management, and SQL based analytics and reporting software. Background in advising, counseling, or marketing. Experience writing marketing or promotional materials, feature stories, or similar. Experience with email management software such as MailChimp or Constant Contact. Experience using a CRM or database to track customers, clients, or students.
Required Education
Bachelor’s degree.
Preferred Education Bachelor’s degree in on the following: counseling, marketing, communications, graphic or visual design, or related field.
Special Requirements
Licenses/Certifications; Other 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 position will involve travel between ACC campuses and local public school districts.
Other Preferred Qualifications Existing relationships with the graphic or visual design, or user experience workforce in Austin.
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.
Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
HR Use Only
Updated 04-08-2020
Information for This Posting Only This position serves in the Visual Communication Department. This position’s essential duties will not cover items #7, #8, and #9 in the general job description.
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 Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

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.

Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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.

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