Director of Communications

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Public Comm Specialist - Advanced

Working Title:

Director of Communications

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Full-Time Permanent

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M-F, 8AM-5PM

Department Name and Number:

Grad School-390100

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Public Relations/Communications/Marketing

Department Description:

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides leadership to envision, shape and support the highest quality education for a diverse community of graduate students whose contributions will have global impact.

Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education generates knowledge and innovative solutions that address critical societal needs. Graduate students and alumni improve lives through their leadership, professional expertise and civic engagement in North Carolina and beyond.

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encompasses 80-plus programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees. Graduate students and professional students make up about 37 percent of Carolina’s total number of enrolled students. There is a great deal of diversity among our graduate students, with more than 13 percent coming from underrepresented groups: African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian. Another 14 percent are international students. The Graduate School provides graduate students with fellowships, tuition support, travel awards, and research supplements. Many of our fellowships are interdisciplinary in focus.

The Graduate School supports graduate students in every program across the Carolina campus, serving students from admission through graduation. We provide services to graduate students including seminars and classes in pedagogy, leadership, communication, grant writing, and other professional development.

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 Graduate School is seeking an innovative individual to serve as the Director of Communications. This position serves as the point person for the full range of communications responsibilities within the department. The Director of Communications plans and maintains a strategic communications plan for the unit which includes serving as media relations contact for internal and external media outlets, managing the brand and image of The Graduate School, developing, writing, and editing stories, news, posts, and press releases. This position has key responsibility for implementing public information efforts to ensure a positive image of graduate students and graduate education of the University, The Graduate School, and its programs. This position provides internal communications support including developing and implementing various communications processes, policies and materials to facilitate excellent information sharing among Graduate School staff, students, faculty and alumni. This position organizes efforts across the School, reviewing and editing materials for content, accuracy, and relevance. This position assists with The Graduate School’s overall donor stewardship efforts and strategy. This requires knowledge of marketing and communications principles and the ability to write creatively with a specific target audience in mind. This also includes producing stewardship reports and letters, graphic design, and image management.

The Director of Communications is a leadership position that will work autonomously and requires professional experience using social media as part of an institutional communications strategy to reach and engage with target audiences. The selected candidate should have a diverse technical skillset related to print and digital communications and production. This position must demonstrate an understanding of best practices of graphic design, photography, and video production. This position must also understand digital accessibility and its best practices.

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:

•Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
•Commitment to a collegial, equitable, and inclusive workplace
•Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
•High level of independent decision-making.

Preferred Qualifications:

•At least 3-5 years’ experience working in a higher education setting.
•Graduate degree in communications or communications-related discipline.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively design and implement communications strategies and goals in a higher education or non-profit setting.
•Proven editorial skills including story development, copyediting, fact checking, and proofreading.
•Awareness of evolving best practices specific to higher education communications.
•Ability to engage and partner with leadership, faculty, staff, student, and other stakeholders.
•Experience managing internal communications and advising staff on internal communications best practices.
•Diverse technical skillset related to print and digital communication and production.
•Professional experience using social media as part of an institutional communications strategy to reach and engage with target audiences.
•Demonstrated understanding of best practices of graphic design, photography, and video production.
•Understanding of digital accessibility and commitment to digital accessibility best practices.
•Strong leadership skills, ability to work autonomously, and to seek support and direction as appropriate.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Posted: 1/16/2021
Application Due: 1/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time