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Publication or Company UNC Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences
Job Title Director of Communications
Industry Corporate/Institutional/Technical Writing, Internet/Online/New Media, Non-profit, Other Publishing, Teaching/Academia
Salary Leave Blank
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Chapel Hill, NC
Job Requirements Director of Communications
College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a visionary and experienced communications professional to assume the position of Director of Communications, with responsibility for creating, implementing, and directing a comprehensive, multi-media communications program focused on advancement of faculty, alumni, students and programs. The successful applicant will report directly to the dean and work closely with the senior associate deans, other senior administrators, faculty and staff. As appropriate, involve the central public relations office.

The Director of Communications will have the primary responsibility and oversight for all public relations and marketing for the College, with the goal of developing, managing and carrying out strategic communications. The Director is an integral member of the senior management team and will contribute to activities that promote and enhance the College. The Director is an ambassador for the College. The Director will be responsible for varied and integrated communications products and services, including: e-newsletter and print publications; website content, and other online communications; media and public relations, and marketing. The Director will have a key role in shaping the College’s case for private support in an upcoming fund-raising campaign. The Director will also create marketing materials for the College to facilitate communication between the dean and College chairs, faculty, students, alumni, donors and other constituencies.

Primary responsibilities of the Director include:
• Writing, editing, and oversight of the development of various electronic and print publications including e-newsletters, reports, brochures, invitations and programs, videos, and the College’s alumni magazine.
• Writing, editing, and otherwise managing and developing additional communications pieces (including speeches, PowerPoint presentations, story ideas, press releases, website content, digital signage, social media releases and other releases and announcements) as needed and assigned by the dean and senior associate deans.
• Supervising staff, freelance writers and designers, interns and students.
• Manage publicity and marketing communications for all major special events including public lectures and symposia. Work closely with the University News Services, the Office of University Relations, the Arts and Sciences Foundation and other communication officers across campus.
• Manage all media inquiries to the dean’s office, obtain requested information, refer and brief the Dean, Senior Associate Deans, chairs, faculty and other sources as required for timely, accurate responses.

Required Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, public relations, journalism or related discipline required.
• Minimum of eight to ten years of related experience in public relations, strategic communications, preferably in higher education.
• Previous supervisory/management experience is preferred.
• Excellent writing and editing skills including direct experience with writing speeches, preparing publications, presentations, policy memos and written correspondence for a dean or high level administrator.
• Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
• Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
• Experience updating and writing for web, digital media and printed materials.
• Experience with social and digital media, including Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/36536
and upload your cover letter, resume, the names/contact information of three professional references; and two creative samples (or link to samples) by January 10, 2014. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. Anticipated start date is May 1, 2014.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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