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Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Ofc of Research Communications - 624400

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0003487

Position Summary: The Director of the Office of Research Communications (ORC) manages the communications office that serves the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR) and works with OVCR senior leadership and the University to develop and execute communications strategy for UNC-Chapel Hill's $1.1 billion 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 platforms; leading and overseeing the staff and content creation of 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 maintains and nurtures working collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Communications, the Offices of Federal and State Affairs, communicators at the University's schools and College of Arts & Sciences, as well as communicators at research centers and institutes within and outside of the OVCR. The Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. The position is based in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Education Requirements: Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable prior experience, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field, particularly in management and leadership roles. 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, publications and multi-media on-line content creation. It requires three years of experience successfully managing and overseeing a communications office for a large, complex organization and working collaboratively within a matrixed communications environment. 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 be 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 and collaborating in a decentralized, diverse university environment with 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 external content publishers and reporters in various media, with an understanding of the dynamics of the current media environment. Proficiency in the use of design software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office 365 is sought for this position. Familiarity with website administration programs such as WordPress is also regarded favorably.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Jordan Todd, HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 12/18/2018
Application Due: 1/22/2019
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