Communications Associate

Position Number: 00102159

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a non-partisan public policy organization that exists to enhance North Carolina's long-term prosperity. As a unit of North Carolina State University, IEI advances the University's research, service, and outreach contributions statewide. IEI's annual Emerging Issues Forum attracts leaders in business, education, and public policy to discuss an issue with profound implications for North Carolina's future economic competitiveness. For more about IEI, please visit

Essential Job Duties: Think you have what it takes to be a member of the IEI Communications Team? If so, you: * are an outside-the-box creative thinker; * have experience with a mix of writing styles for an external audience (AP Style, creative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, narrative); * are a good communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills; * are a collaborative team player with the capacity to work across multi-organizational units and with a diversity of people and personalities; * are a creative self-starter with the ability to project manage to balance multiple and competing responsibilities;on deadline; * always exhibit professionalism and good judgement; and * are a problem-solver and avid learner, willing to explore new skills & knowledge, industry trends and best practices! The Communications Team provides day-to-day management of IEI's comprehensive communications program, and is integral in raising statewide awareness of the brand, increasing visibility through strategic engagement with stakeholders, fostering understanding of IEI's programs and initiatives, and executing complex campaigns across multiple communications channels. The Communications Associate (CA) is a key member of IEI's Communications Team, reporting directly to the Communications Director. The CA is a dynamic, collaborative, intuitive and word-savvy communications professional whose training, knowledge, insights, and skills are current with the field of institutional/organizational communications in the digital age. The CA helps to execute a fully integrated communications program that aligns with goals set forth in IEI's Strategic Plan and with related objectives and metrics. The CA's primary responsibilities will be to assist with developing comprehensive new media communications strategies, manage website content/updates, assist with email marketing campaigns, and manage IEI's social media platforms, to include content generation, design, routine audience engagement, SEO and analytics tracking. Secondary responsibilities include utilizing traditional communications tools to inform and engage target audiences and identified stakeholders. The CA may assist in drafting and editing press releases, speeches, presentations, publications, reports, and other collateral material with minimal supervision and often under tight deadlines. The CA should have some knowledge of basic graphic design using Adobe CC (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop). Videography and/or photography skills would be an added bonus.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Department Required Skills: * Superior knowledge of all standard social media platforms and related performance metrics. * Proficiency in website content management (using software such as WordPress), website optimization, and search engine optimization (SEO). * Familiarity relevant softwares such as Adobe CC (Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop), and email marketing/contact management software (Cvent, Bronto, MailChimp, etc.). * Superior written/verbal communication skills; copyediting skills; strong interviewing and research skills. * Standard knowledge of AP Style; ability to write successfully in many other styles across multiple platforms (print, web, social media, various collateral material, etc.). * Possess strong project management abilities; capacity to work independently and within a team environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines. * Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others, both internally and externally.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, or other disciplines related to the area of assignment. * At least one year of professional experience working in the field of communications. * General photography, videography and/or video editing skills is a plus. Interest in public policy and/or civic engagement is beneficial. Communications experience and/or familiarity within the higher ed, government, public policy and/or non-profit sectors is strongly desired.

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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