Executive Director of Communications

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Apr 2024

Posting Information
Posting Information


Department Grad School-390100
Career Area Public Relations/Communications/Marketing
Posting Open Date 03/18/2024
Application Deadline 04/01/2024
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Working Title Executive Director of Communications
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Number 00059852
Vacancy ID NF0007952
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent
FTE 1
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $65,000-$95,000
Proposed Start Date 05/01/2024

Position Information


Be a Tar Heel!
A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities . Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.
One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.
University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package , paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education creates knowledge that leads to innovative solutions to address critical societal needs. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers more than 80 programs that grant more than 160 graduate degrees and graduate students make up nearly 30% of enrolled students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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. Drawing on best practices gleaned from graduate educators throughout the country, The Graduate School models the inclusive and equitable policies and practices that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill strives to instill in every unit, department, and program at this great University.

The Graduate School supports graduate students in almost every program across the Carolina campus and serves students from admission through graduation. We provide financial support (e.g. interdisciplinary fellowships, tuition support, travel awards, and research supplements), career and professional development (e.g. in pedagogy, leadership, communication, grant writing), diversity and student success programming, academic program support, and advocacy to students, faculty, staff, and graduate programs. The Graduate School also provides individual students with services tailored to meet their needs.

Position Summary

The Graduate School’s Executive Director of Communications will work with school leadership to design and implement a digital-forward marketing and communication plan that details strategies and priorities in alignment with The Graduate School’s strategic plan. The Executive Director leads the communications architecture for the School, including but not limited to, its owned and earned media strategies; brand strategy; strategic communications; thought leadership; and development efforts. This position is responsible for increasing awareness about The Graduate School and communicating its values to myriad audiences, including to prospective students, media, the campus community, donors, and others, in a concerted effort to support The Graduate School’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. This position is responsible for working in collaboration with a variety of units on campus to build goodwill and relationships in order to enhance the visibility of The Graduate School and its work.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience in marketing, communications, journalism, public affairs, or a related field; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Demonstrated experience in communications and marketing preferably with substantial experience in a higher education organization. Evidence of a highly collaborative style and experience developing and implementing communications strategies is preferred. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Commitment to a collegial, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

- 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.
- Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
- High level of independent decision-making.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions
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Posting Contact Information


Department Contact Name and Title Alicia Rogers, Director of Human Resources
Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]
Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


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