This position is a full-time public communications specialist position for the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and is responsible for supporting communications needs for HRSC, Vision Zero for Youth, the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and other HSRC projects and activities. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is looking for a motivated, well written and spoken, organized, communications professional to join our Research Services team. This position requires a candidate with both well-honed, proven, strategic communications experience and a track record of successfully leading projects through the entire lifecycle, from inception to completion, including meeting all reporting requirements along the way. The ideal candidate will be comfortable in both lead and contributory roles in HSRC's communication and project management activities (e.g. helping to both collaboratively develop and then implement a strategic communications or tech transfer plan). The ability to work independently is required, but this position is also part of a four-person communications team which is responsible for promoting HSRC, and research findings, programs, and activities for both state and national projects, campaigns and initiatives in a variety of focus areas.
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.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
Ability to write and edit communications materials (i.e. press releases, reports, collateral for conferences);
Ability to manage multiple projects, with acute attention to detail;
Ability to work effectively with the media to generate news coverage for the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, its research findings, programs and activities;
Ability to manage medium-to-large scale events, including conference participation, annual meetings, and events in collaboration with UNC-CH campus organizations and officials;
Ability to write and edit content for and maintain/update multiple websites using various CMS programs.
A minimum of five years of related experience is preferred. In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will have experience:
Writing and editing marketing materials, including newsletter articles, news releases, website content, presentations, annual reports, brochures and other materials;
Writing and editing documents to align with specific organizational styles, guidelines and rules;
Coordinating a variety of in-person and digital events, including annual meetings, symposiums, webinars, trainings, conferences, etc.;
Leading marketing activities through social media, including blogging and social networks;
Fielding media calls and coordinating interviews for organization spokespeople with local and national media;
Managing the production of print materials, from concept to finished project; and
Translating research or technical information to the media and general public.
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.
Internal Number: 138556
About The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolina rates among the nation’s great institutions of higher education, set on an historic and beautiful campus that celebrates all four seasons. Carolina’s students, faculty and staff come here from around the world, bringing varied cultural, racial and ethnic heritages that help make UNC-Chapel Hill a thriving intellectual center. We’re repeatedly ranked the nation’s best value in higher education for students seeking to earn a college degree – the University has garnered the top spot each time since the ranking’s launch in 1998.Whether you’ve just started your career, are new to academia or are a seasoned professional with assorted campus experiences to draw on, we hope you will find a great place at Carolina.