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Research Assistant

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Advanced
Working Title Research Assistant
Position Number 00062316
Vacancy ID P007461
Budgeted Hiring Range $40,000 - $50,000
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 68
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Department Name and Number School of Media and Journalism-350100
Date First Posted 08/08/2017
Closing Date 08/28/2017
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Research Professionals

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The mission of the School of Media and Journalism is to educate students in a broad range of skills and concepts involving the gathering, editing and presentation of information, along with evaluating the effects of public communication, preparing students for careers in media and journalism, educating students about the mass media and their roles in society, contributing to the body of knowledge about mass media and society, and extending that teaching and knowledge to the people of North Carolina and beyond.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Position Description

This Research Assistant will assist the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics in administrative and research activities. S/he will have exceptional attention to detail, organizational and time management skills with demonstrated experience working with complex databases. S/he will be responsible for the Knight Chair’s nationally recognized newspaper database, ensuring it is accurate and accessible to academics and industry users. S/he will need to regularly produce graphics based on this database for national audiences. S/he will be responsible for the Knight Chair’s accounting and administrative needs, so must have a customer/client-focused mindset. S/he will have excellent interpersonal skills as the position will require substantial communication and coordination with a variety of individuals, within the school, university and profession. S/he must be familiar with professional writing and skilled in creating PowerPoint presentations, as the person in this position contributes substantially to online reports and presentations for academic, professional and general-interest audiences. A passion for and commitment to local journalism and academic integrity is a must. Excel, PowerPoint, Word Press and Twitter skills are required.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Candidates must possess a solid understanding of the mission and goals of the Knight Chairs and the ability to partner effectively with staff and faculty at participating universities, media outlets and their teams. This position requires strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and writing skills. Also important is the ability to think critically and strategically and to work collaboratively with others. An interest in digital media, quality journalism, community engagement is a must. Commitment to and skills in working with diverse populations essential. Must have strong Excel, Twitter, Word Press and PowerPoint skills and working knowledge of Adobe Suite.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong preference for candidates that possess creativity, analytical skills, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Assistant position.
    • Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctorate in any field.
    • Associate's in any field and at least 2 years of experience.
    • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 4 years of related experience (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 3 years of experience).
    • High School diploma/GED and at least 4 years of related experience.
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and experience to equal 8 years. (ex. 3 years of high school and 5 years of experience).
    • None of the above