Department: Ofc of Research Communications
Position Summary: The Director of the Office of Research Communications (ORC) works with senior leadership of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and the University to develop and execute communications strategy for the University's research enterprise. He or she communicates and promotes the impact and value of research at UNC Chapel Hill externally and internally and increases public and private awareness and support for the University's research mission. The Director accomplishes this by driving the communication of strategic messages through a variety of media; leading and overseeing the ORC; developing and disseminating stories of University research and impact; and maintaining close working relationships with key leaders, communicators and media outlets both in and outside of the University. The Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and maintains a working relationship with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs and with UNC News Services. The Director interacts internally with faculty and students engaged in the conduct of research; communications personnel in the University's individual departments, schools, centers and institutes; and UNC's Offices of State and Federal Affairs. He or she coordinates communication and provide high level direction to offices, centers, and institutes reporting to the OVCR He or she also interacts externally with counterparts at other universities and research organizations in the state and, in coordination with UNC News Services, with journalists and writers covering universities and research. The position is based in Chapel Hill, NC.
Education Requirements: The position requires a bachelor's degree. An advanced degree is preferred, although additional years of related experience in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree. Training or experience in science and research will be advantageous and viewed favorably.
Qualification and Experience: This position requires a minimum of eight years of experience in communications, writing, media relations, and the design and editing of publications and multi-media on-line content. It requires three years of experience successfully managing and overseeing a communications office for a large, complex organization. It requires a dynamic, energetic leader experienced in communicating strategic messages through diverse media and capable of inspiring a creative team of writers, story-tellers, producers and designers. The Director should be experienced in story-telling as a form of content marketing, with an intuitive grasp of the interests of a target audience and a talent for reaching and engaging them with relevant content. He or she must be a strong writer and editor, capable of quickly grasping complex scientific concepts and communicating their substance and value visually and in writing in ways that make them easily understood by a general audience. He or she must be committed to the production of high quality content with an attention to detail and able to inspire the production of such work in others. The Director must have experience simultaneously managing multiple short-term projects while maintaining focus on long-term projects and delivering on strategic objectives. He or she must be skilled at building and managing external relationships in a decentralized, diverse university environment and at utilizing a team approach that combines collegiality and creativity to motivate others. The Director must have experience communicating strategic messages through both traditional and new media and be capable of thoughtfully and effectively utilizing current digital, web-based and social media communication strategies. He or she should understand the interests, needs and focus of reporters in various media. The following qualities are also sought in candidates for this position: Demonstrated proficiency in the use of design software such as Adobe Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Dreamweaver. A strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS, including experience hand-coding and testing sites in multiple browsers and operating systems.
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