Position Summary The Executive Director of Communications serves as the principal communications strategist for Student Affairs. This position provides professional direction and oversight for a comprehensive Student Affairs communications strategy, utilizing best practices and diverse platforms to communicate effectively to both internal and external constituencies. The Executive Director operates with a high level of discretion and minimal supervision and performs a wide range of duties that require sensitivity, independent judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility. This position will be engaged in planning and implementing communication plans surrounding urgent/emergent incidents and other high-interest events and serves as the primary liaison with University Communications. This position will also be responsible for directing and leading best practices for internal communications within Student Affairs and developing strategies for reaching and engaging with students, including print, electronic, social, and digital media. The Executive Director of Communications reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
Educational Requirements Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required with five 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 undergraduate degree and seven years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.
Qualifications and Experience Required Skills and Experience
Strong organizational and communication skills, including ability to write well, clearly, and persuasively;
Demonstrated experience with technical content writing for a variety of platforms, including oral presentations (speechwriting, social media, articles, correspondence, blogs and websites;
Knowledge and understanding of strategies for effective communication with different constituencies (e.g., students, families, faculty, and staff) and ability to adapt messages and mediums as needed;
Demonstrated strategic thinking skills, and the ability to identify and tell compelling stories;
Highly collaborative and demonstrated ability to work both as a leader and within a team;
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, prioritize, be detail-oriented, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment;
Exemplary record of confidentiality, interpersonal, and communication skills;
Demonstrated evidence of judgement, leadership, high level problem-solving skills and strategic planning;
Demonstrated record of building and sustaining positive relationships with a wide array of internal and external colleagues and contributing to a positive work environment;
Broad cultural competence and understanding of the need for inclusiveness and accessibility.
Application Types Accepted Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date to be considered. Please submit an online application for position ID 01004957 at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/175700
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.