Working Title Talking Dog Agency Manager
Department Journalism Advertising & PR
About the University of Georgia The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
College/Unit/Department website
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Full Time
Work Schedule
Additional Schedule Information 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday.
Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date 05/27/2021
Open until filled Yes
Closing Date
Proposed Starting Date 08/01/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Athens Area
EEO Policy Statement The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).
Classification Title External Affairs Manager
FLSA Exempt
Job Family
FTE 1.0
Minimum Qualifications Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications
Position Summary In 2017, the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA) established a goal to create a truly distinctive, integrated student agency known as Talking Dog Agency in its Department of Advertising and Public Relations. To ensure the long-range success of the firm, a number of steps have been taken to refine the agency model, build ownership and commitment among key audiences, and create a strong foundation that will attract donors, prospective clients, faculty and top students. With the integrated student agency model now established, UGA is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Advisor and Business Manager.
Reporting to the Department Head, Advertising and Public Relations, at UGA, the Advisor will have oversight for the integrated student agency led by two student co-directors, a student executive board, and staffed by approximately 80 students each academic year. The Advisor will serve as champion for the new convergent communication model, articulating the vision and mission of the student agency to various stakeholders within the University as well as community and industry partners outside the University.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies The ideal candidate will have a proven record of teaching/mentoring, collaborating, critical thinking, managing diverse teams, and recruiting and retaining business clients. They will be adept at mastering change, fostering an environment where students can learn by failing safely, motivating students to use their instincts, developing agency policies and practices, and teaching business development and client service skills. They will be consultative, curious, innovative and at ease working in an academic environment. Importantly, they will be comfortable leading efforts to secure new agency clients, gifts to the University, and other external funding.
Physical Demands Sitting for long periods of time.
Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes
Is this a Position of Trust? Yes
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? Yes
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes
Credit and P-Card policy Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Duties/Responsibilities Administrative Duties

  • Manages office work flow.
  • Coordinate Student Executive Board meetings.
  • Order and maintain any necessary supplies and equipment for the Agency.
  • Field and direct as necessary any internal and external requests for work and presentations.
  • Recruit and interact with Agency clients and donors.
  • Work with the Student Executive Board to recruit and maintain a roster of paying clients for Talking Dog Agency
    (minimum 12 per year with minimum income of $125,000 annually).
  • Work with the Student Executive Board to recruit and maintain a roster of pro bono clients for Talking Dog Agency (minimum 4 per year).
  • Recruit and consult, at least quarterly, an external board of professionals as informal consultants.
  • Liaise with the Grady Business Office and Development personnel.
  • Invoice and collect for work done.
  • In collaboration with the Student Executive Board, develop policies and activities to build and maintain a collegial agency culture.
  • In collaboration with the Department Head, develop an annual budget for the Agency.
  • As necessary, liaise with the Department of Legal Affairs, in coordination with Department Head.
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Department Head.
Percentage of time 45
Duties/Responsibilities Student Duties

  • Daily connection between the Department and students working in the Agency.
  • Work with Department Head on external outreach.
  • Serve as a Department representative to the professional community of advertising and public relations in Atlanta and beyond.
  • Work together with faculty adviser/s to ensure quality control of Agency output.
  • Develop and implement growth strategies for the Agency.
  • Minimum number of students = 80, Preferred size = 120.
  • Maintain rough equity between number of advertising and public relations majors.
  • Work with Student Executive Board to recruit students in a variety of settings (e.g., AdClub, PRSSA, classes, AdPR Connection, Grady Career Fair)
  • Supervising students.
  • As necessary, recruit and match students and professional mentors.
  • Each Student Executive Board member should have the opportunity for a professional mentor.
  • Work with Student Executive Board to assign student/s to client projects.
  • Connect with every student at least once a week to monitor work.
  • Preview and coach all presentations for clients or donors.
  • Inspect layouts and advertising copy and edit scripts, audio and video tapes, and other promotional material for adherence to specifications.
  • Meet regularly with the Student Executive Board of the Agency as ex officio member of the Board.
  • Serve as supervisor of for-credit interns, reporting to instructor/s of record.
  • Work with Student Executive Board to identify and recruit prospective student agency members.
  • Develop, propose and implement student compensation models (e.g., class credit, experiential learning credit, stipend, etc.).
  • Work with Student Executive Board and Department to recruit and supervise high school student interns (maximum of 5 per Athens-Clarke and Oconee area high schools, public or private).
  • Manage annual Battle of the Brands event.
  • During the Fall semester, identify and secure a Spring semester presentation location in collaboration with the Student Executive Board and the Department.
  • Procure and coordinate all technology needs for the event.
  • Invite clients, donors, prospects to the event.
  • Together with Student Executive Board, arrange for any setup and teardown of presentation location.
  • Together with Student Executive Board, arrange for any refreshments.
  • Preview and coach all student presentations.
  • Develop and manage a method of live-streaming and recording the event.
  • Coordinate editing of the event recording.
  • Distribute the digital recording to client and/or donor prospects.
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Department Head.
Percentage of time 55

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