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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitlePublic Comm Specialist - JourneyWorking TitlePublic Comm SpecialistPosition Number20034405Vacancy IDP011089Budgeted Hiring Range$49,500 - $54,985Pay Band InformationTo learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

Salary Grade EquivalentGN10Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time PermanentIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointmentHours per week40Work ScheduleM-F 8:00 – 5:00

Department Name and NumberSW-School of Social Work-380100Date First Posted11/08/2019Closing Date11/15/2019Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryPublic Relations/Communications/Marketing Position Summary Information

Department DescriptionThe mission of the School of Social Work is to advance equity, transform systems, improve lives. The School’s curriculum supports the mission and recognizes the uniqueness of the region served, including concerns for disadvantaged, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families and communities. Classes provide rigorous and evidence-based content, and give students the opportunity to explore theory, learn intervention skills and engage in challenging dialogue with colleagues.

Equal Opportunity EmployerThe 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 DescriptionThe Academic Writer/Editor Specialist is housed within the Office of Strategic Research Priorities (OSRP). The primary functions of this position are:
• support faculty in securing external funding to support their research, disseminating research findings, and pursuing scholarly activities;
• review, edit, and revise highly technical documents and grant proposals under tight deadlines, ensuring the science is understandable and appropriate for the target audience;
• edit and revise faculty manuscripts and other written materials, ensuring clarity, organization, and accessibility of the information to a wide audience;
• create content for the OSRP website to promote faculty research and disseminate research findings;
• create and present writing workshops and other resources to strengthen writing skills of faculty and graduate students (PhD and MSW) in the School of Social Work;
• review and edit materials for the School administration as needed; and
• provide editing and instructional support to Admissions and Student Services around assessing the writing skills of applicants and the School’s efforts to recruit a diverse student body.
The Writer/Editor serves a core function in the School’s research and dissemination efforts by enhancing the transfer of knowledge and increasing the rate at which faculty are able to develop proposals and publications. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. This is a 1.0 FTE position.

Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsBachelor’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 AbilitiesExcellent writing/editing skills in the English language.
Experience writing/editing technical reports, manuals, academic papers, grants, and other materials intended for publication or dissemination to the public.
Skilled at combining a strong sense of discretion and mature judgment with superb organizational ability and emotional intelligence.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects in time-sensitive manner with minimal oversight.
Outstanding interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred QualificationsMaster’s or PhD degree preferred.
Ability to work flexible hours (some evenings/weekends), if needed.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical and Mental RequirementsPosition/Schedule RequirementsWeekend work occasionallyPosition AttributesStimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link Contact Information

Office of Human Resources Contact InformationIf 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 DocumentsRequired Documents
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae / Resume
- List of References

Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

- * 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

- * Do you have one or more years of professional experience producing your own writing for business, technical, or academic audiences?
- Yes
- No

- * Do you have one or more years of professional experience reviewing, editing, and revising highly technical documents, grant proposals, and/or scientific documents?
- Yes
- No

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