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Community Initiatives Program Specialist

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment:


Working Title:

Community Initiatives Program Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$55,000 -$60,361

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (with 10-20% of travel within NC)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC


Institute for Emerging Issues

About the Department:

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is committed to enhancing North Carolina’s long-term prosperity. Our collaborative approach brings together diverse groups from across the state to find consensus-based solutions to critical questions concerning economic development, education, healthcare, and the environment.

Since 1986, our annual Emerging Issues Forum has brought together national leaders and stakeholders to foster new collaborations and catalyze collective action for increased social and economic well-being. At IEI, we recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints are essential to our mission. We strive to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment that values and celebrates differences.

Join us at IEI and be part of a community of leaders, thinkers, and doers who are committed to finding solutions to the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

Essential Job Duties:

Are you passionate about community engagement and development efforts across North Carolina?

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is seeking a University Program Specialist to join its Community Initiatives team. As a University Program Specialist, you will play a vital role in the project’s programmatic work, including organizing and coordinating in-person and virtual events, conducting secondary research, and promoting community engagement efforts such as newsletters and listservs.

You will also be responsible for assisting with digital inclusion and faith communities while preparing for future programs that are yet to be identified.

In addition to your core responsibilities, you will also be responsible for coordinating grant management activities.

You must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a high level of comfort with MS Office and Google Suite (Excel/Sheets PowerPoint/Slides, and Word/Docs, etc).

Attention to detail is also essential. This is a full-time position starting as soon as possible, and you will be required to work at IEI’s offices in the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, as well as travel across the state.

If you are ready to step up and contribute to the development of communities across the state, please apply today!

Other Responsibilities:

And other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of North Carolina’s history, politics and key stakeholders as they relate to economic and community development (broadly defined)
  • Knowledge of or experience with asset-based community development
  • Current or prior membership in a faith community
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience with event planning
  • Experience with survey software (e.g., Google Forms, Smartsheet, etc)
  • Experience with supervising other staff

Preferred Qualifications:


Required License or Certification:

A driver’s license is required for some travel within the state or to utilize other reliable transportation options.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Job Open Date:


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.):


Notice to Applicants:

Please note that the work history on your resume, must also be included in your application.

Special Instructions:

Please include a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Position Classification Band Title:

University Program Specialist

Position Classification Band Level:


Position Classification Salary Range:

$ 36,381 - $ 91,526

Salary Grade Equivalency:


Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Time Limited Position:


Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable):


Department Id:

371001 - Institute for Emerging Issues


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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