Assistant to the Chancellor for Communications

Position Number: 00062723

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for the organizational advancement of North Carolina State University and serves a population comprised of nearly 35,000 students, more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 195,000 living alumni. As the Chief Executive, the Chancellor provides strategic leadership for North Carolina's largest public university and manages a budget of $1.3 billion, enhancing NC State's position as a preeminent technological research university. NC State is recognized globally for its innovative approach to using education and research to drive economic growth and address the grand challenges of society. The University engages in a wide range of activities spanning undergraduate and graduate instruction; research; extension and engagement; and public service. The Chancellor's Office serves as the focal point to develop and administer university-wide plans, programs and initiatives and to communicate with a variety of constituents, including but not limited to the Board of Governors (BOG), NC State Board of Trustees (BOT), as well as faculty, staff and the university community. The University's 14th Chancellor, Dr. Randy Woodson has established a reputation for consensus building throughout his extensive, 30-year career in higher education. As his support staff, Chancellor's Office personnel are expected to set the example regarding professionalism and customer service. Successfully navigating this fast-paced and often politically sensitive environment requires excellent judgment and thoughtful perception.

Essential Job Duties: The Assistant to the Chancellor for Communications provides strategic coordination on behalf of the Chancellor's Office to successfully facilitate executive-level communication messaging and planning for the University. The person in this position works with members of the institution's executive leadership team and University Communications unit to ensure integrated and cohesive communications outcomes. The person in this position contributes expertise to the research and development of strategic reports, speeches, position statements, articles, opinion pieces, and other communiques on behalf of the Chancellor, focusing on institutional priorities, initiatives, and topics of relevance. Research may involve substantive evaluation and integration of emerging literature, quantitative analysis, and draft policies in collaboration with content experts internal and external to the University. He/she maintains active files of data, resource materials, and marketing information to assist in timely, accurate, and compelling communications. The person in this position coordinates all communication activities, including content development, planning, presentation, and logistics on behalf of the Chancellor's Office in order to ensure a professional image to the University's constituencies. S/he maximizes the power of written, spoken, and visual images; articulates and illustrates complex ideas to convey the University's and the Chancellor's essential messages in ways that resonate with public audiences. Under the direction of the Secretary to the University, the person in this position has significant responsibilities for administering and overseeing aspects of the administrative operations of the Chancellor's office. They will also have responsibility for budget and oversight of purchasing for the Office of the Chancellor. This person will work closely with the Secretary of the University in overseeing the management of the Board of Trustees.

Minimum Education/Experience: Minimum of a bachelor's degree and significant relevant experience, preferably in a higher education environment.

Department Required Skills: Strong background in/experience with successful organizational communication responsibilities, including demonstrated expertise in planning and delivering a wide variety of programs and communications. Excellent communication skills to motivate others, providing compelling explanations or instructions, listening effectively, and communicating in ways that are clear and specific. Strong presentation and writing skills are essential. Ability to develop collegial relationships with professional peers at NC State, within the UNC System, and throughout the relevant professional community, in order to encourage effective professional interactions. Demonstrated ability to listen to customer needs to fully understand, think creatively, and flexibility and good professional judgment in efforts to be responsive to customer needs. Ability to handle highly confidential information with an appropriate level of discretion, integrity and professional judgment. Sensitivity to both individual needs and organizational needs, in order to assure optimal institutional outcomes. Exceptional attention to detail and advance planning capabilities. Effective ability to multitask at high level and effective problem-solving strategies for unique and complex issues. Self-motivated, self-directing, and consistently able to produce high-quality, prompt, and reliable work, with a high degree of initiative and independence. Maintain productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plans, organizes and prioritizes work, in order to maximize the resource utilization of the department. Recognize and value diversity among the workgroup and works to support the organization's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: A master's degree in relevant field such as communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, public administration, or equivalent, with at least five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education is strongly preferred.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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