Communication Strategist – North Carolina State University Libraries




The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. An iconic building that captures NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Technology Sandbox, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for a Communication Strategist to help shape the Libraries’ ongoing communication and public relations strategy, connecting the NCSU Libraries with key target audiences including students, faculty, the university community, the public, and supporters. The Communication Strategist joins the Libraries’ external relations team, working collaboratively with colleagues throughout the library and with University Communications to further position the NCSU Libraries as a leader in library and educational innovation. The position reports to the Director of Communication Strategy.


The Communication Strategist contributes to internal and external communications initiatives that enhance awareness of the library’s services, collections, spaces, and accomplishments, and cultivates relationships with key audiences, particularly students and faculty. The position produces and edits content for the Libraries’ print and online publications and works with the Director of Communication Strategy to manage media relations and the Libraries’ relationship with University Communications. S/he participates in strategic planning and development of the Libraries’ public website and social media presence, promoting creativity, quality, integrated messaging, and ease of discovery and use. This position contributes to multimedia content creation and selection for display in multiple venues, including the Hunt Library’s high­definition video walls and digital signage in the Libraries and other campus buildings. S/he works closely with colleagues throughout the Libraries in assembling and disseminating a wide range of content and serves on library­wide committees, task forces, and teams. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Relevant professional experience contributing to the communications of an organization
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission and role of an academic research library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of integrated marketing communications, including expertise with traditional media and with online social media and marketing channels
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to articulate, promote, and support the Libraries’ mission
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a capacity to thrive in an exciting, ambitious, future­oriented environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred qualifications:

  • Relevant professional experience in a university environment
  • Relevant experience with photography, graphic design, or videography

The Libraries, the University, and the Area

The NCSU Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and theAmerican Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and eight Movers and Shakersawards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.

The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $40 million.

North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting its strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development. NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents

North Carolina’s Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. One of the nation’s premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at

Application process and schedule

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.

Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number 00001576. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process, contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.