The position manages communications between the IAH and both internal and external stakeholders: UNC faculty, administrators, donors/alumni, and the general public. The primary audience the Communication Specialist is communicating with are the internal stakeholders and the secondary audience is the donors/alumni and the general public. The Communication Specialist will develop a mastery-level knowledge of IAH history, mission, and programs to disseminate to a wider audience. Duties will include enhancements and upkeep of the IAH website, promotion and communication of programs and events, internal oversight and management of social media presence, the production of a variety of promotional materials including a monthly e-newsletter, brochures, event marketing and ticketing, and videos. The position will write articles, press releases, blog content and other content as needed to promote faculty and the Institute. The Communication Specialist will promote faculty programs and events through a range of media and a variety of outlets. The role serves as the liaison to each speaker/presenter and support their communication and technical needs. In addition, the role co-produces the Institute Podcast and is responsible for ensuring the success and growth of the outlet. In collaboration with the Program Administrator, the incumbent will also manage correspondence with the faculty served through IAH programs such as the Faculty Fellows Program and the Academic Leadership Program. This includes designing and maintaining online application processes for IAH programs, maintaining communication lists, and writing/disseminating correspondence related to faculty programs. The position may occasionally provide advising for faculty recipients of IAH grants on communication matters related to their specific projects/events. The role works with a designer to direct and coordinate the IAH Annual Highlights report/magazine geared toward IAH supporters. The position also creates/manages numerous development pieces. The Communication Specialist writes and distributes stewardship letters and thank you notes to donors. Coordinates all materials for the semi-annual advisory board meetings. The position works with the IAH Advisory Board Communications Committee. Develops working knowledge and functionality with UNC’s donor database to support tracking donor correspondence. The position advises the IAH Director in regard to communication needs for special initiatives and programs. The role will be instrumental in helping to devise a strategy to make the Institute’s mission and complex programs both compelling and comprehensible to a wider audience. It is important for the role to evaluate our current communications practices and work to better support the develop a prioritized and tiered communications strategy that connects to the strategic plan of the Institute. The position reports to the Executive Director and closely works with the Director of Development.
Education and Experience:
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.
The selected candidate must have experience in Outlook, Excel, and Adobe Suite. Through research, this person must stay up to date on new media, including social media, blogging and podcasts. The selected candidate will demonstrate a high level of comfort interacting with University faculty, administrators, and donors. The candidate will also value working as part of a small, collegial and professional team.
It is highly preferred that the selected candidate have a minimum of two years’ experience in a professional communications position. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated training/background in writing for publication, event promotion, graphic design, and/or website design. Experience working in or with development departments is valuable. An academic and/or experiential background in the arts and humanities is also desirable.
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.
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