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Public Communication Specialist

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024

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​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy ,and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Recruitment Range
$50,586- $60,000

Vacancy Number

Position Title
Public Communication Spec

Working Title
Public Communication Specialist

Competency Level

Home Department
CHSSA Dean's Office - 32100

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts offers a variety of programs in the liberal arts leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and filmmaking, and Master of Public Administration. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in Spanish and English. To implement these programs, the college provides instruction, research, and creative opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

The 15 academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in Africana studies; American studies; Asian studies; classical studies; European studies; forensic science; journalism; Latin American studies; medical humanities; Middle East and Islamic studies; Native American studies; and women and gender studies. The college houses the Gender Studies and Research Center, an interdisciplinary and intersectional community of students, scholars, and advocates committed to social justice and equity.

Undergraduate certificates for professional writing and publishing, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates in conflict management and resolution, emergency and disaster management, forensic science, science and medical writing, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Hispanic studies, and a post-master’s certificate in liberal studies, are also offered.

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts is a vibrant academic environment that values discovery, innovation, and creativity. CHSSA offers limitless opportunities to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and service and make a positive societal impact. Experiential learning empowers CHSSA students to make a difference in the community and enhance the world, preparing them for a wide range of careers.

College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and The Arts - 321 College

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Public Communication Specialist is responsible for the following duties:
  • Manages all internal and external communications and marketing for the college, from conception to execution and distribution
  • Develops all communication, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and distribution through the appropriate channels, as well as adherence to university guidelines
  • Manages the college’s marketing and communication initiatives, including the promotion of college events and the creation and distribution of the college’s e-newsletters
  • Communicates with internal and external audiences by developing content that advances the college’s goals as outlined by the strategic plans
  • Researches, writes, and edits news and feature stories for the college’s print and online publications that highlight student and faculty research, events, and awards across the college’s departments and programs
  • Manages the college’s social media platforms; creates and curates digital content
  • Writes content for departmental marketing and promotional materials, including booklets, brochures, rack cards, and banners. Collaborates with the Office of University Relations on design and photography for marketing collateral; manages projects through Printing Services (including quotes/payment/delivery)
  • Serves as the college’s liaison to the Office of University Relations and the Provost’s Marketing and Communications team, working with partners to amplify college messaging and ensure consistency and university brand integrity
  • Pitches news items, features, and profiles to OUR, Advancement, and Research for university-level promotion
  • Serves as the primary content manager for the college’s websites; edits creates, and updates content on the departments’ 160+ program pages following university branding and website guidelines
  • Writes remarks, correspondence, and presentations for the deans
  • Monitor the college’s general email accounts; respond to inquiries
  • Proofs and edits dean’s office staff communications
  • Manage Deans’ Offices and Leadership Councils’ listservs; manage colleges’ email distribution groups by working with ITS to update faculty, staff, and student email groups
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.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with journalistic principles and practices, as well as standard English and grammar rules for writing and editing
  • Knowledge of graphic design and publishing software (InDesign, Photoshop, Canva, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Ability to translate complex ideas and objectives into effective communications and marketing materials that deliver the college’s mission
  • Ability to think strategically about how best to communicate with internal and external audiences, including developing appropriate content that furthers the college’s goals, analyzing and using existing communication tools, and determining the appropriate applications of Web, print, video, social media and/or other communication tools that would best address specific promotional needs
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply university style guidelines and AP style to publications
  • Ability to build positive relationships with members of the campus community and offer creative solutions to content challenges
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, be creative, operate effectively as a team member, and work under pressure with strict attention to detail
  • Ability to converse effectively and maintain contact with faculty, staff, the media, parents, alumni, students, donors, vendors, and government officials
Required Certifications or licensure


1.0 (40 hours per week)

Months Per Year
12 Months

Work Days
Monday - Friday

Work Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Type of Position

Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited

Position Number

Job Posting Date

Posting Close Date

Number of Openings
Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2024)
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW X Account (formerly Twitter)
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • UNCW Instagram Account (UNCW_jobs)
    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronical of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Career Events/Job Fairs
    • Billboards/Marquee
    • Other
  2. * If you selected 'Other' to the question above, please explain how you found out about this opportunity. Enter N/A if not applicable.

    (Open Ended Question)


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