Research Communications Manager

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Communications
August 23, 2022
101 McCauley St., CB 6210, Chapel Hill, NC
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Office of University Communications is seeking a driven, collaborative Research Communications Manager to highlight how the world-class faculty and staff at Carolina are discovering new ways to solve today’s toughest challenges across a range of subject areas. The Research Communications Manager reports to the Director of Media Relations and works with colleagues in the Office of University Communications, communications professionals under the Vice Chancellor for Research, and faculty and communications staff at Carolina’s top-ranked health and sciences schools. The Research Communications Manager serves as a trusted strategic advisor, curates story opportunities and works closely with journalists to place stories in local, national and international media. This position responds regularly to media inquiries and helps manage issues and connect media with subject matter experts.

The Research Communications Manager’s portfolio is central to the University’s sponsored research, including the health and sciences schools and the centers, institutes and researchers under the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Research Communications Manager develops and maintains relationships with science journalists at media outlets to ensure clear communication of often complex issues, engaging the journalists with story ideas and expert recommendations. They develop strategies to strengthen Carolina’s position as a world-class research institution and must be able to communicate about research in plain language across content platforms. The Research Communications Manager maintains strong working relationships with subject matter experts across the campus, including, but not limited to, senior university leaders, faculty and communicators. This person connects the media to experts for their stories and help train the experts in their portfolio in how to effectively communicate with the media.

The Research Communications Manager must have a detailed working knowledge of issues and trends in the areas of research, technology, science and health, as well as a general knowledge of University policy and operations. In addition to initiatives related to these areas, they are expected to provide support for other activities in the Office of University Communications as needed.

The Office of University Communications is currently operating under a flexible work arrangements program. This position may be eligible to participate in the program, which includes a hybrid of on-campus and remote work, based on the hiring unit’s business needs.

For more information and to apply for the position, please visit the University's Human Resources website:

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