The Arkansas Career Education (ACE) Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide education plan as it relates to either career and technical education or adult education and for providing administrative assistance to school districts outside the state system concerning the granting of Carl D.
Perkins Federal Funding, a federal appropriation intended specifically for vocational and technical education.
This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical FunctionsSupervises a medium-sized staff of professional and administrative support personnel by interviewing and recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating employee performance. Provides specialized assistance to vocational and technical educational administrators and instructors by interpreting federal and state regulations pertaining to these applicable educational programs as well as career and technical educations Carl D.
Perkins funding. Develops proposals and operational plans of assigned specialty area(s) within the vocational education division to ensure the establishment of appropriate goals as well as the development of a plan of action to achieve these goals. Develops and recommends policies and procedures for evaluating educational programs; examines existing operational policies as requested by external and internal personnel.
Organizes technical assistance teams for examination of career and technical education programs to ensure adherence to regulations for federal and state funding. Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job DimensionsKnowledge, Abilities, and SkillsKnowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.
Knowledge of federal and state guidelines governing the area of specialty. Knowledge of federally funded assistance program application requirements. Knowledge of the vocational education and/or career and technical education field in which the position will function.
Ability to supervise staff. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of existing program operations. Ability to plan, prepare, and conduct workshops.
Ability to develop modifications for policies pertaining to the area of specialty. Ability to create and disseminate functional tasks for unit objectives. Ability to interpret apply federal and state laws and agency policy.
Minimum Education and/or ExperienceThe formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in education, business administration, or a field directly related to the assigned program area; plus five years of experience in education or directly related to the assigned program area, including two years in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary
The ACE Program Coordinator will function as the Assistant Communications Director.
This position will provide strategic planning and direction of communication strategies with external and internal audiences; coordinate/maintain/provide direction on marketing campaigns; identify web-based marketing and social media opportunities and develop strategies; write content for various publications and edit and proofread content created by other writers; serve as agency photographer and audiovisual coordinator; work with director and senior staff to research and develop speeches and supporting materials for speaking engagements and writings and on occasion speak to groups about the agency; monitor how the agency is portrayed in news articles, websites, and other public venues; assist in the daily operation of the communications office and serve as the second in command.
Frequent in-state travel, including some overnight, will be required. Some after-hours duty will be required.
Education and Professional Work Experience
Formal equivalent of a bachelors degree in public relations, marketing, journalism, or a related field; plus six years of experience in communications and marketing or a related field.
Broad knowledge of and experience in providing creative direction relating to public information initiatives and in evaluating the effectiveness of such initiatives. Strong technical knowledge of and experience in web development, social media and online marketing, branding, and market research techniques and practices. Strong technical skills in photography, videography, audio systems, and audiovisual editing.
Experience in researching, writing, and editing for publications and web content. Experience in photography, video, and audio production and editing.
Ability to manage special projects. Excellent English written and verbal communications skills, including strong proofreading and copy-editing skills. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a variety of individuals.
The Assistant Communications Director must demonstrate initiative as a self-starter, be analytically astute, exercise good judgment, and highly motivated to competently achieve performance expectations with minimal supervision. A high level of integrity is essential to be successful as the Assistant Communications Director.
The candidate must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Public presentation experience is needed. Management and organizational skills are required with attention to detail.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Assist in developing and implementing marketing and communication plans.
Analyze information to develop marketing and communications strategies and products for internal and external audiences.
Assist in planning and overseeing the design and production of marketing products.
Support agency social media presence and execute strategies for online marketing and social media efforts.
Develop and execute strategies for website enhancements and revisions, including navigation and design. Produce content for the agency website.
Write, edit, and proof print and web copy, ensuring accuracy, grammatical correctness, and consistency with agency mission.
Take photographs and videos at various events as needed.
Monitor effectiveness of various marketing strategies to maximize overall marketing. Recommend changes to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Research and develop speeches, speaking points, and supporting materials.
Provide support and assistance to agency staff with marketing their special events and projects and works collaboratively with staff to ensure that their projects align with the agency mission and goals and the overall marketing goals.
Represent the agency as assigned. Assist in daily operations of communications office. Serve as director in the absence of the communications dire
Certificates, Licenses, RegistrationsAgency Specific InformationApplicants must complete each item on the State of Arkansas application to be considered for employment. Incomplete applications and Resumes only WILL NOT be accepted.
If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your transcript with you if you are selected for an interview.
Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account required if hired.
Participation (6%) in contributory Retirement Plan is required if hired..
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