Communications Specialist

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
June 07, 2023
Offerd Salary:$41,282 - $63,200
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Posting Information

Posting Information

Department Carolina Population Center-631100

Career Area Public Relations/Communications/Marketing Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 04/26/2023 Application Deadline 06/07/2023 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Public Comm Specialist - Journey Salary Grade Equivalent GN10 Working Title Communications Specialist Position Number 20054714 Vacancy ID P017331 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time, Time-Limited If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 2 Years Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $41,282 - $63,200 Pay Band Information

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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Since 1966, researchers at the Carolina Population Center have pioneered data collection and research techniques that move population science forward by emphasizing life course approaches, longitudinal surveys, the integration of biological measurement into social surveys, and attention to context and environment. We are also at the forefront of creating interdisciplinary training programs that integrate approaches from the social and biological sciences, building research capacity and training the next generation of scholars. Our faculty fellows address pressing research questions about population dynamics, fertility, health, mortality, migration, and the environment. Faculty come from multiple disciplines, benefiting from the cross-pollination of ideas. Our dedicated research and programming staff support fellows at every stage of project development, from conception through data collection or acquisition, analysis and dissemination, and project administration. https: // www.

Position Summary

Data for Impact (D4I) in the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an international project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). D4I focuses on evaluation of population, health, and nutrition programs, improving data use for health sector decision making and strengthening the technical and organizational capacity of local partners to collect, analyze, and use data. See the project web site for further details.

The Strategic Research Dissemination and Communications Specialist will support our internal and external communication activities. The Specialist is responsible for supporting the management, growth, and measurement of D4I's website, blog, and social media platforms. They will be responsible for content development such as infographics, videos, or data visualizations. The communications specialist should be adept at interpreting data and research done by others to identify salient points and synthesize and analyze findings in order to produce high-quality materials. Ability to suggest graphics to improve the product and convey key messages and findings.

The Specialist will report to the Strategic Research Dissemination and Communications Advisor and work closely with the knowledge management team; monitoring, evaluation, and learning staff; and researchers at UNC and D4I partners. The Specialist will: Manage, update, & enhance various D4I communication channels, including social media accounts, the D4I website, external and internal newsletters, and blog. Create and support dissemination of a variety of communication products for use by D4I audiences, including infographics, blog posts, briefs, presentations, social media toolkits, videos, and more to assist researchers in translating results into data-informed decision making. Maintain daily social media activity by developing content, scheduling messages, and engaging with social audiences. Monitor D4I's digital media efforts through quarterly progress reports. Update web content for project's WordPress website, https: // www., and coordinate changes from D4I staff during website redesign. Coordinate D4I's events/dissemination calendar on SharePoint. Draft, manage and update the blog with success stories about research results and evidence use. Create internal, monthly e-newsletter and D4I's quarterly external e-newsletter and disseminate on Emma or SharePoint.

The position is based in Chapel Hill, NC, and may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station.

THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED POSITION. The current end date of the project is December 31, 2024. However, dependent upon USAID's continuation of the project, it could become a career position.

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.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Strong communication and writing skills, including editing and proofing skills. Graphic design skills with experience in one of the following programs: Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Express), or other design program. Experience with managing social media platforms in a professional setting, including, but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Vimeo. Strong time-management skills and experience, with ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities; meet tight deadlines; and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of style manuals, such as Chicago. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Skilled at interpersonal communications and demonstrates cultural sensitivity. Proficiency with MS Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Understanding of global public health issues, particularly related to maternal and child health and family planning and reproductive health strongly preferred. Prior experience supporting strategic dissemination and communications activities and working for institutions focused on international public health and research strongly preferred. Experience with WordPress content management system or other CMS. Prior experience with e-blast email listserv management, such as Emma. Prior experience with a social media management system, such as HootSuite. Fluency in a second language (French preferred).

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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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]

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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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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  • Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate in a related field
  • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate in an unrelated field and 4 years of related experience
  • Associate's in a related and 2 years of related experience
  • Combination of post-high school education and/or experience in a related field to equal at least 4 years (ex. 1 year towards a related degree and 3 years of related experience)
  • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal 8 years (ex. 1 year of high school and 7 years of related experience)
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