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The Duke Clergy Health Initiative (CHI) is a cross-disciplinary project fielding interventions and research programs to assess and improve the health of clergy and the congregations and communities they serve. Since the initial study in 2008, we have conducted a broad range of research to understand and promote the well-being of clergy. Our highly collaborative CHI team members are in Duke Divinity School, theDuke Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research and the Duke Global Health Institute, with other collaborators across several other schools and departments in the University. We work in partnership with leaders in the United Methodist Church at the national, state, and local levels. CHI is beginning several significant new projects. These include developing and evaluating stress interventions for use with clergy, a retrospective study with clergy, and launch of a major prospective study of seminary students. The Communications Strategist will support each of these projects in advancing CHI communications.

Position Overview

The Communications Strategist is an important member of the Clergy Health Initiative leadership team and will be responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies for the initiative. The incumbent will assist senior leadership in establishing standards and will manage production of print and digital content. Areas of focus include marketing to, recruiting, and nurturing relationship with participants in CHI research studies, and expanding CHI's reach and impact of by increasing the accessibility and publicity of CHI research and findings. This position is funded by grant funds and other restricted revenue sources through June 2023.

Work Performed
  • Develop communication plans to identify objectives, strategies, target audiences, tactics and key messages for CHI.
  • Consults with senior leadership and key stakeholders to identify needs and ensure objectives are met.
  • Establish editorial guidelines and provide direction and oversight for creation of content for various communication channels.
  • Manage interns and outside contractors to produce content to support communication needs.
  • Develop and maintain content for websites, social media, publications and other communication channels in support of CHI needs and goals.
  • Work will include writing, editing, and development of content across multiple media.
  • Collaborate with research program coordinators to develop and implement effective strategies for recruitment and retention of research study participants.
  • Produce news releases, articles, and feature stories for Divinity School, University, and other publications to publicize and promote CHI events, programs and research.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key communication offices and staff for The United Methodist Church, Divinity School and University.

Preferred skills and experience
Project management, particularly in production of print and multi-media communications; Development and execution of effective marketing and promotions campaigns; Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; Web content management; Content production for and management of common social media channels; Familiarity with university, seminary and ecclesial constituencies; Background or degree in theological studies; Effectively communicating research findings to non-academic audience.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires communications, marketing, strategic planning, analyticaland organizational skills generally required through completion ofBachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications,English or a related field.


Requires four years of experience in journalism, public relations,marketing or related field with experience posting and publishingthrough print and electronic mediums, including content managementsystems.Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skillsnecessary to manage and coordinate a variety of tasks. Experienceworking in an academic environment is preferred.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 12/12/2018
Application Due: 2/10/2019
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