Communications Assistant

Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum is UNC-Chapel Hill’s local museum with a global outlook. Our location and programs bridge campus and community. We’re free, open, and accessible to all. The collection spans all cultures and time periods, showcasing the breadth of human creativity. We are a vital teaching resource that puts the art of understanding at the heart of what we do. We empower you to get close to art—the familiar, the unexpected, the challenging—and connect with the complexity and beauty of the wider world. Our motto is: look close, think far.


The Communications Assistant facilitates communication with diverse Museum constituencies, supports the Ackland Art Museum’s media relations, and provides administrative support to the Director of Communications. The Communications Assistant is supervised by the Director of Communications and is a member of the External Affairs Department.

  • 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.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Open to new ideas; curious about the world; skilled at creating context; good at prioritization; able to communicate clearly, concisely, and diplomatically in written and spoken language with a wide range of people; collegial; eager to learn about marketing and publicity in the arts and the administration of a university art museum; willing to embrace new challenges; responsible; able to adhere to deadlines; able to keep track of multiple projects simultaneously; interested in professional comportment; eager to excel.

  • Lateral thinking skills, or the ability to make creative connections between ideas.

  • The ability to move easily between a global perspective and the smallest details with a high degree of accuracy. Excellent demonstrable computer skills, including Microsoft platforms.

  • A high degree of accuracy is essential in order to maintain and advance the Museum’s reputation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, communications, public relations, art history, arts administration, or other related field.

  • Two to three years’ experience in a media relations or communications position, preferably in a museum or arts setting, or equivalent combination of education and training.

  • Interest in and familiarity with art from various periods and cultures.

  • Familiarity with Museums, including the Ackland Art Museum.

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Familiarity with Digital Asset Management platforms. Experience with one or more email marketing platforms, including creating targeted mailings, A/B testing, and list acquisition and management.

  • Familiarity with Sprout Social or similar social media scheduling platforms.

  • Familiarity with the principles of graphic design and its importance to institutional identity.

  • Photography and/or videography skills.

  • Working knowledge of HTML/CSS.

How to Apply

Please include three writing samples a maximum of 500 words each. The samples should be of published publicity and marketing writing, or samples of expository writing. Please include this in the Application Documents under Writing/Research Sample.

If 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.

Posted on January 24