Public Communications Specialist, Carolina Demography (20031346)

Position Information
Status reviewing applications; interviewing in progress
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Public Comm Specialist - Journey
Working Title Public Communications Specialist
Position Number 20031346
Vacancy ID P009452
Budgeted Hiring Range $49,487 - $66,000
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 69/GN10
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment until 12/31/2020
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

8-5, M-F

Department Name and Number Carolina Population Center-631100
Date First Posted 12/14/2018
Closing Date 01/04/2019
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Public Relations/Communications/Marketing
Position Summary Information
Department Description

The Carolina Population Center is a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues. The Center extends its resources to path-breaking work across the U.S. and in more than 50 other countries and makes its findings available to a global audience. A nationally recognized training program educates the next generation of population scholars.

Carolina Demography is a unit of the Carolina Population Center that translates demographic data and analysis into specific usable information to support decision-making, planning, and program evaluation throughout North Carolina. Carolina Demography clients include local governmental agencies, educational institutions, business and non-profit organizations and the media.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Position Description

Serve as the primary communications specialist for Carolina Demography research. The initial focus will be on a research project concerning the North Carolina education pipeline from high school through postsecondary institutions and its relationship to individual economic mobility and the state’s forecasted employment needs. The communications specialist will promote and share project knowledge by helping to develop a communications strategy to communicate with clients and other significant stakeholders. The specialist will identify the best way to brand the education project specifically and Carolina Demography generally. The specialist will work with the Carolina Demography team to develop the education project website, redesign the current unit website, and identify continuous improvements based on user feedback. The specialist will also contribute to public in-person presentations by helping to identify appropriate content, presentation materials, and by preparing presentation scripts.

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.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to a broad audience.

Understanding of the research process.
Experience with data-heavy subject matter.
Demonstrated ability to partner with other team members to guide projects to successful completion.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in developing podcasts, webinars, blogs, newsletters, and social media communications (esp. Twitter).
Experience in communications related to education and workforce research. Familiarity with North Carolina educational systems and policies would be a plus.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Overtime occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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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

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Public Communications Specialist position.
    • 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)
    • None of the above
  2. *Describe your relevant education and/or experience and briefly explain how it has helped prepare you for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. *Describe your experience in developing presentations, podcasts, webinars, blogs, and social media communications. Could you provide examples of your work if asked to do so?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. *Please describe your experience working in a team environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. *Describe any experience with data heavy communications.

    (Open Ended Question)

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