Communications Specialist

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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 05/22/2023
Application Deadline 06/01/2023
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Public Comm Specialist – Journey
Salary Grade Equivalent GN10
Working Title Communications Specialist
Position Number 20055996
Vacancy ID P017501
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 2 Yesrs
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $52,000 – $62,000
Pay Band Information To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet .

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.
Position Summary This position 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.
Carolina Population Center (CPC), at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the Centers for Research under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. CPC employs over 300 people, including more than 65 faculty fellows who sit across 16 academic departments at UNC. They are actively engaged in research ranging from technical demography to evaluating family planning programs and other policy interventions to measuring and disentangling the sources of health disparities in the United States and abroad. CPC has managed large awards from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 1991. To manage large projects successfully, CPC has developed flexible systems that provide stability and agility. 
The Measure Program is housed within CPC. Currently, the Measure Program includes three Associate Awards (AAs) funded under the MEASURE Evaluation project that continue through at least September 2023. Many of our staff are also faculty in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Measure Program projects evaluate and strengthen health data systems, build human and institutional capacity, and manage complex projects across the globe. Country governments and agencies can call on our skills for disease surveillance, data generation, data analysis and use, curriculum development, complex quantitative and qualitative evaluation, spatial data analysis, health informatics, and more.
This full-time position will provide editing, formatting, and other communication-focused services for the Knowledge Management (KM) function of the Measure Program. 
The communications specialist will provide copyediting, including fact-checking and proofreading support for technical research reports and briefs, manuals, website articles, scientific journal articles, curricula, and other materials generated by UNC as well as partner organizations. This position will help to ensure appropriate messaging, relevance, and accuracy for relevant audiences in global health.
The communications specialist must be able to format text with a significant number of graphics, tables, and images, upholding relevant project graphics standards and branding requirements. Must also be familiar with or willing to learn to remediate documents to ensure compliance with 508 accessibility standards. 
This is a time-limited position with an expected duration of two (2) years.  There is a possibility of the position being extended beyond the expected duration.
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 * Must exhibit editorial and formatting skills and willingness to learn.
* Must be adept at using Microsoft Word.
* Background or education in communications, publications, or journalism required.
* Editing, copyediting, and proofreading skills preferred, including attention to detail, accuracy, and tone of writing.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Word and ability to format publications with numerous tables and figures.
* Background or education in communications, publications, or journalism required.
* Editing, copyediting, and proofreading skills preferred, including attention to detail, accuracy, and tone of writing.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Word and ability to format publications with numerous tables and figures.
* Ability to suggest graphics to improve information products and convey key messages and findings.
* Ability to autonomously multitask, follow-through, prioritize tasks, and manage time well.
* Familiarity with style manuals, such as Chicago and AMA.
* Ability to work independently and collaboratively and exhibit excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience * Experience with InDesign desired.
* Professional proficiency in French or Spanish, including ability to proofread in a second language, preferred.
* Interest in global public health issues, particularly pertaining to evaluation, health information systems, data analysis and use, tuberculosis, and/or malaria; familiarity with research methods preferred.
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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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