Special Needs/Facilities & Blue Umbrella Marketing Specialist

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Little Rock, Arkansas

Date Posted September 14, 2021
Industry Government
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary 45,010.00
Website http://www.humanservices.arkansas.gov


Special Needs/Facilities & Blue Umbrella Marketing Specialist


Location:  Little Rock, AR

Job Number: 9610
Minimum Starting Salary: $45,010.00

NOTE: This DHS Program Manager position will the act as the Special Needs/Facilities & Blue Umbrella Marketing Specialist, responsible for overseeing public relations activities and developing and administering educational and informational programs related to special needs populations.

There’s a story behind each item in the Blue Umbrella gift shop. Each magnet, rug, door hanging or wreath is hand-crafted by an artisan who lives at one of the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ five Human Development Centers (HDCs) or who gets services through us so they can stay in their home communities. 

These artisans all have intellectual or developmental disabilities and a passion for art. The Blue Umbrella allows them to express that passion and earn a living.  

This opening -- DHS Program Manager focusing on the special needs populations and facilities -- will dive into those stories, shining a spotlight on the residents at the HDCs and the staff who both care for and about them.

Some communications developed by this position will be aimed at increasing the shop’s visibility and ultimately helping drive sales. (All proceeds go back to the artisans, so the mission is a meaningful and rewarding one). Other communications will focus on supporting facilities themselves by improving morale, helping with hiring, highlighting staff achievement or spotlighting special events. The Conway HDC, for example, recently held a prom for its residents complete with dancing, a DJ, a king and queen, and even a limousine parked out front. These photos give you an idea of the people your work would be focused on in this position.

In this role, you’ll eventually become a subject matter expert on these facilities and populations, as well as the Medicaid programs that drive them. Some of these programs can be complicated, but you’ll have time to grow and learn. And you’ll work alongside a strong team of passionate coworkers who you can lean on and learn from.

The communications you develop may take on different forms -- a press release, a human interest story, a social media post, an all-staff email, an event, a video, a photo, or something else. Experience with any of these is a plus, but we especially value candidates who are willing to learn and who want to embrace our mission. At DHS, we care, we act, and we change lives. If that sounds like you, please apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree/experience in journalism/communications/public relations or related is preferred. 

Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism.

Knowledge of design and lay out techniques.

Ability to research, organize, and disseminate information.

Ability to design, lay out, and edit news articles and other publications.

Ability to maintain files. Ability to write descriptive and informative narratives.

Ability to use computers to enter data and publish graphic materials.

Some travel and nights/weekends required

Special Work Conditions: 

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in public administration, social work, business administration, or a related field; plus four years of experience in program planning or administration, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. 


This position provides a competitive starting salary of $45,010.00 with excellent benefits including group health and life insurance, state pension/retirement plans, paid holidays, and annual leave time off.

Apply Online (required)- Copy & paste link into your browser: https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/job/Little-Rock-DHS-PROGRAM-MANAGER-AR-72201/768168700/

Apply before 10/3/21

Learn more about DHS: The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like childcare centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others. Go to: https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/

The State of Arkansas does not discriminate in access to employment opportunities or in employment or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.