Associate Director for Communications and Strategy

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitlePublic Comm Specialist - AdvancedWorking TitleAssociate Director for Communications and StrategyPosition Number20035076Vacancy IDP010891Budgeted Hiring Range$60,000 - $69,254Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade EquivalentGN12Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time PermanentIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointmentHours per week40Work Schedule

Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
*some weekends

Department Name and NumberStudy of American South-312200Date First Posted10/07/2019Closing Date11/04/2019Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryPublic Relations/Communications/Marketing Position Summary Information

Department Description

The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to nurturing rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions for a diverse and changing South. We explore the region in all of its dimensions, including its global impacts, with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary research centered in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that reaches issues such as health and well-being, justice, equity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability. We believe in promoting research that is timely and responsive to the region and nation’s most urgent issues. Our audiences include students and scholars, alumni and the general public from every racial and socio-economic background. The diverse southerners with which we collaborate are accountable to the region’s reputation for hospitality, creativity, and authenticity.

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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The Associate Director for Communications and Strategy at the Center for the Study of the American South leads the work to deliver the Center’s scholarship and research directly to public audiences, including the work of the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), Southern Cultures (SC), and the pan-University Southern Futures initiative. He or she will extend the Center’s academic work to impact local, regional, and national issues. Communicating with partners is an important aspect of this leadership, and the Associate Director will set, guide and implement the strategy for all such communications activities including: messaging and content development, website, news media placement, social media, and collateral materials designed to advance the partnerships that enhance the Center’s research and publication, increase its visibility, and engage its target audiences. The Associate Director will support purposeful partnerships with on- and off-campus partners to bring community concerns in direct relationship to the Center’s research and publication work. The Associate Director will assist the Director in implementing organization-wide strategic plans. Reporting to the Center’s Director, this position is part of the Center’s leadership team and is responsible for a communications budget. This position will supervise a permanent employee (to be hired), undergraduate interns, and/or independent contractors.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

The ideal candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work under tight deadlines with input from multiple stakeholders; an extensive knowledge of visual communication techniques, and a working knowledge of and facility with social media platforms and analytic tools. Candidates must possess demonstrated knowledge of and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Knowledge of Southern studies, including arts, politics, literature, history, ecologies and other fields is helpful, but a sincere interest in the field, and a willingness to educate oneself, is mandatory. The ideal candidate must also have a high attention to detail, strong organizational skills, ability to work well on multiple overlapping projects and deadlines, have strong interpersonal communication skills, and a willingness and ability to jump between tasks on short notice. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to convert creative ideas into visual statements that distill broad themes and attracting new audiences to CSAS events, publications, and research.
In addition, the selected candidate will have experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, and Lightroom), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), social media scheduling platforms (such as Tweetdeck, Buffer, or Hootsuite), Wordpress, HTML.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree in a related field, including communications, media, journalism, Southern Studies or allied disciplines is strongly preferred. Other highly preferred qualifications include: communications, public relations and/or marketing experience, especially related to the direction/oversight of programs that focus the academic and research resources of a higher education institution towards community or regional issues; experience in higher education and/or the arts – particularly in a changing regional, national and international higher education environment – or in non-profit organizations, government or public service; and previous experience working with and in service to diverse types of southern communities.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical and Mental RequirementsPosition/Schedule RequirementsWeekend work occasionallyPosition AttributesStimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link Contact Information

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Media Presentation
Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Public Communications Specialist position.
    • Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate in a related field
    • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate in an unrelated field and 4 years of related experience
    • Associate's in a related and 2 years of related experience
    • Combination of post-high school education and/or experience in a related field to equal at least 4 years (ex. 1 year towards a related degree and 3 years of related experience)
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal 8 years (ex. 1 year of high school and 7 years of related experience)
    • None of the above
  2. * Describe the most challenging communications project (publication, website, marketing endeavor, or other) and the steps you took to produce it.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * In 100 words or less, describe why you believe you have good communication skills and the ability to reach others.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have experience using a variety of media (e.g., surveys, tools, electronic, print, brochures, pamphlets, etc.) in your communication plans?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How many years of experience do you have in designing and implementing communication plans?
    • 1 - 3 years
    • 4 - 5 years
    • 5+ Years




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Posted: 10/17/2019
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