Communications Manager

Job description

Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Public Comm Specialist - Advanced

Working Title:

Communications Manager

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$58,865 -$75,000

Pay Band Information:

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

3 years

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday; 8am-5pm; some evenings and weekends may be required

Department Name and Number:

Globl Hlth and Infect Disease-427801

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Public Relations/Communications/Marketing

Department Description:

The Division of Infectious Diseases develops ongoing clinical, educational and research programs directed toward the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Working in nine countries, throughout the state, and across campus, the Division’s goals include:

- Coordinating basic and applied research in infectious diseases and fostering collaboration among other investigators and researchers.

- Coordinating outreach activities with UNC-CH School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and other Departments/Centers, as well as appropriate State of North Carolina agencies.

- Improving clinical care in infectious diseases, including activities related to the management of HIV and other infectious diseases; activities related to emerging pathogens, international health, and clinical outreach.

- Infectious disease prevention activities, including a focus on vaccine development and vaccination practices.

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:

Communications and Public Affairs promotes the mission of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Disease to internal and external constituencies to foster public and private support. This Communications Manager position is responsible for the strategic design, management and implementation of overall communications including public relations, campus communications, local and media relations, social media, internal communications, and public affairs activities for the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Disease. Communications and Public Affairs provides leadership and services to over 50 doctors, programs and project teams that include more than 250 employees. This position is also responsible for helping to lead a unified Institute-wide communications strategy.

The Communications Manager will be the liaison between the Institute and the communications persons at UNC Health Care, the School of Medicine and the University’s news bureau. The position will also coordinate closely with the other Health Affairs Schools and other centers, institutes, schools, colleges and departments on campus. S/he is responsible for helping to define messages appropriate for local, state, regional and national constituencies that support our mission, enhance our reputation, and encourage private and public support.

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:

Candidate must exhibit creativity, accountability, and initiative. Must possess strong verbal and written communication as well as strong listening and interview skills. Excellent presentation skills are required. Candidate must also be organized, pro-active and collaborative as those skills are critical to be successful in this role. Must have high-level scientific and technical writing experience. Must also have experience with designing and editing publications and multi-media on-line content.

Demonstrated experience successfully developing, leading and executing, measurable public relations, media campaigns, and communications initiatives. Demonstrated experience managing and interpreting communications research. Collaborative, team-oriented approach to leading teams and achieving results.

Must possess up-to-date knowledge of social and digital media as it relates to communications and public relations programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Mass Communications or a similar field, highly preferred.

At least 5 years of experience in medical and technical writing communications, public relations, marketing or journalism, with an ability to translate for a lay audience and the general public is highly preferred.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time