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Director of Media Relations

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three supervisory references. Prefer to receive applications by August 24th, position open until filled. Please note: a background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment.

Position Details

Posting Details

Internal Transfer Only?
Classification Title Director
Working Title Director of Media Relations
Position Number 20023211
Type of Position Permanent
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If Time Limited Position, please specify length of time
Posting Text

Located in Chapel Hill, NC, UNC General Administration (UNC System Office) invites applications for the position of Director of Media Relations.

The Director of Media Relations will work closely with the Associate Vice President, President, Chief of Staff, and other senior leadership to draft major news stories for the President and identify opportunities to promote the President’s public voice. This will involve significant engagement across General Administration and throughout the UNC system, as well as regular participation in state and national discussions around higher education.

The position will serve as the primary media contact for General Administration and work with other members of GA staff to create responses to media inquiries as well as feed stories to the varying media outlets.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The Communications Division at UNC General Administration provides leadership and subject matter expertise and coordination for the University’s communications, media affairs, and community relation’s activities. The Division promotes the strategic goals and objectives of the University to a variety of internal and external constituencies to enable a climate of public and private support for public higher education in North Carolina. This includes formulating and implementing a comprehensive media relations program, overseeing a strategic branding strategy, and producing a variety of communications work products that advance the University’s goals and priorities at the local, state, national, and global levels.

SPA Minimum Qualifications
Hiring Salary Range
EPA Minimum Qualifications and Competencies

Bachelor’s Degree required with preference for an advanced degree in public administration, public policy, communications or a related field.

A minimum of three to five years of experience in public communications branding and working with various media outlets.

Desired Education/Experience/Skills (Additional Qualifications)

Exceptional writing and ability to demonstrate strong relationships with varying media outlets.

Prior experience in or with higher education and or public sector is preferred.

Management Preferences
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three supervisory references.

Prefer to receive applications by August 24th, position open until filled.

Please note: a background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment.


The University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
UNC GA is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
To claim veterans’ preference, all eligible persons shall submit a DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with a State Application for Employment (Form PD-107 or equivalent) to the appointing authority.

UNC General Administration 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.

EEO Contact Information

Applicants needing assistance with or who have questions about the application process are asked to contact Belinda Nix, Employment Specialist at (919) 962-4647 or

Department Location-City Chapel Hill
Department Location-State NC
Job Open Date 08/03/2017
Job Close Date
Posting Number 000286

Applicant Document

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References (Supervisory Relationships)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 1
  3. Other Document 2
  4. Other Document 3
  5. Other Document 4

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please list your highest degree completed and field of study (ex. Bachelor's, Business Administration).

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have at least a minimum of three to five years experience in public communication branding and working with various media outlets?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * PREFERENCE: Do you have prior experience in or with higher education and/or a public sector organization?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How did you hear about this career opportunity?
    • CareerBuilder
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Dice
    • Durham Herald
    • Glassdoor
    • HigherEdJobs
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • LinkedIn
    • Local JobNetwork
    • Monster
    • NACUBO
    • News and Observer
    • NC Planned Giving Council
    • NCWorks
    • PBS Connect
    • UNC General Administration website
    • UNC-TV website
    • Other