Academic Affairs Communications and Events Manager

University of Virginia's College at Wise   Wise, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 9, 2022
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Academic Affairs Communications and Events Manager

The University of Virginia's College at Wise invites applications for the position of Academic Affairs Communications and Events Manager. A division of the University of Virginia and a member of the Council for Public Arts Colleges, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA Wise) is an inspiring place to teach, learn, work, and call home. Through personalized attention and commitment to individual growth, UVA Wise prepares students to be engaged citizens. Drawing upon its foundation as a public liberal arts institution in the Appalachian region of Southwest Virginia, the College strives to build a diverse community of learners with the drive to serve and lead in their communities, the nation, and the world. We offer access and affordability, along with challenging academic work, in the liberal arts tradition. The result is well-rounded graduates who earn fulfilling positions at leading organizations and pursue graduate study at prestigious institutions.

The Division of Academic Affairs seeks an individual with experience in communication and events management for a full-time position. The individual in this position will work closely with and under the supervision of the Provost to manage a wide range of communication needs of the division, including internal email communication and social media postings about academic opportunities, events, and news, and print communications associated with events and projects sponsored by the office.


The Communications and Events Manager will work with a high degree of independence and initiative. The responsibilities will require a person with a strong work ethic, a keen sense of the importance of confidentiality and discretion, sound judgment necessary to make critical decisions about the content and tone of communications, and a dedication to timely completion of work.

Specific areas of responsibility will be:

--Management of incoming communications to the Office of Academic Affairs, including triage of critical follow up and creation of response plan as necessary.

--Drafting, approval, and dissemination of campus-wide communications from the Office of Academic Affairs.

--Drafting of communication on behalf of the Provost and Academic Affairs Deans to key partners and stakeholders.

--Development and management of social media presence for the Division of Academic Affairs, including Facebook, Instagram, and other outlets as relevant.

--Maintenance of Academic Affairs webpages in concert with the College's Office of Marketing and Communications.

--Management of events and meetings sponsored or hosted by the Division of Academic Affairs, the Provost, and the Academic Affairs Deans.

--Other duties as assigned by the Provost and the Special Assistant to the Provost.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree with at least five years of experience in a similar job.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use the software (particularly Microsoft Office Suite) and enterprise solutions (experience with Workday and Jenzabar a plus) necessary to perform highly professional tasks.


  • Experience in higher education or a related setting
  • More than 5 years of experience in a critical communication role

Physical Demands:

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings and programs.

Application Process:

A complete application should contain the following information:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest in this position;
  2. Updated resume;
  3. Three (3) references with contact information

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UVA Wise is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employee fulfills duties as a "responsible employee" under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. A Responsible employee includes any employee: who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available at A copy is available upon request by calling 276-328-0190 or 276-376-3451.