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Communications Specialist, Texas McCombs

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
May 25, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Communications Specialist, Texas McCombs


Hiring Department:

Department of Management


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

Texas McCombs is a top business school at the center of one of the most innovative cities in the U.S. The McCombs community champions hands-on experiences alongside the ground-breaking research and thought leadership of a world-class faculty. The collaborative spirit and enterprising drive of the Longhorn alumni network, one of the largest university networks in the world, is embedded in our culture, making us human-centered and future-focused in all our endeavors. We are shaping those who will shape tomorrow, and solving challenging problems while remaining committed to creating a community that is dynamic, supportive, and challenging. What starts here really does change the world.

To learn more about the McCombs School of Business, please visit https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/


Texas Venture Labs works campus-wide across disciplines to accelerate startups, take their innovations to market, and transform UT graduate students into entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The TVL Communications Specialist will lead the day-to-day coordination and execution of marketing and communications for Texas Venture Labs' programs and events. The TVL Communications Specialist will also assist with TVL event production. Check us out here- https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/centers-and-initiatives/jon-brumley-texas-venture-labs/


Coordinate Communication Strategy

  • Lead TVL's external communication efforts on campus and in the community.

  • Collaborate with TVL staff to conceptualize, plan, and execute communication campaigns as needed.

  • Develop effective marketing and communication plans to build and promote the brand of the Center to raise its profile among students, donors, and alumni, ensuring message continuity, design, and tone across the portfolio.

Execute Communication Strategy

  • Create and publish written content

  • Research, design, and implement novel ways to market TVL to internal and external audiences

  • Coordinate outreach and marketing of the TVL's programs, events, and services to increase student, alumni, donor, and community engagement with the center

  • Assist with content maintenance of TVL website and social media channels

  • Identify newsworthy research, activities, events, programs, or accomplishments of TVL and its students and proactively market them to appropriate channels

Event Support

  • Assist with coordination and production of events, including creating promotional collateral, tracking RSVPs, assisting with day-of logistics, and planning post-event promotion

  • Create and execute post-event communications, videos, blogs, social media posts, and post-event surveys

  • Assist with event logistics, including supporting event set-up, takedown, and attendee check-in

  • Participate in live social media promotion during events

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and a combined five years of relevant work experience in the following: communications, professional writing, managing web content creation and strategy.

  • Effective communication and public speaking skills.

  • Experience in online marketing and communications, content creation and writing experience for digital channels, and managing content on online platforms. Demonstrated program management and implementation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a productive, team-oriented manner with a variety of people, including representatives outside of the university.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and be self-directive with limited supervision.

  • Experience with graphic design.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and cloud file storage systems.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the startup environment in Austin, TX, and small business development.

  • Experience developing promotional materials for university programs and/or programs related to entrepreneurship.

  • Familiarity with McCombs School of Business and University of Texas brand guidelines.


$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • Works in standard office conditions, in a shared office environment.

  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required during peak periods and special events.

  • Works in standard office conditions with repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • This is an Austin, TX-based position and is eligible for hybrid work.

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States. This position is not eligible for sponsorship of work visas.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Importantfor applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current University employees and contingent workers:As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left-hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled into your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questionspresented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.