Director of Public Affairs

  • 16 Oct 2017 10:04 AM
    Message # 5316622
    invites applications for the position of:
    Director of Public Affairs
    JOB CLASS TITLE: Information & Communications Spec II
    POSITION NUMBER: 60083584
    DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
    DIVISION/SECTION: Archives & History / Historic Sites
    SALARY RANGE: $38,125.00 - $62,513.00 Annually
    RECRUITMENT RANGE: $38,125 - $51,801
    COMPETENCY LEVEL: Not Applicable
    APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
    WORK LOCATION: Craven County
    OPENING DATE: 10/13/17
    CLOSING DATE: 11/03/17 5:00 PM Eastern Time


    Recruitment Range:  $38,125 - $51,801
    Salary Grade:  69

    Position Location:
    Tryon Palace 
    529 South Front St., New Bern NC

    Department Information:
    The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

    NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the NC Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

    Tryon Palace is an educational institution and heritage tourism attraction of statewide significance with museum, historic site, archives, and garden components. Tryon Palace's mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-twentieth century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and sponsoring events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

    Description of Work:
    The purpose of Tryon Palace is: To educate growing numbers of North Carolinians and visitors to this state about the contributions made by the inhabitants of New Bern and the central North Carolina coast to the history and culture of this state and the United States from the time of initial European-American contact through the nineteenth century.  This mission will be carried out through historical research; acquisition, interpretation, and preservation of historic objects and buildings; re-creation of period room settings and gardens based on historical documentation; public outreach in the form of tours, symposia, workshops, and seasonal interpretation; and dissemination of historical information through staff presentations and by other means.  All historical interpretation conducted as part of this mission shall be based on factual, balanced scholarship.  
    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the manager of Tryon Palace's Public Affairs division, which has a mission focused on growing attendance and admission receipts through a balanced combination of marketing, communications, development, special events and community engagement. Oversees all of Tryon Palace's development efforts by providing guidance and management needed to achieve corporate sponsorship goals, yearly fundraising goals, grant writing, budgetary needs, and fundraising events. This position regularly oversees the distribution of press releases, graphic design materials, social media, fundraising efforts, grant applications, venue rentals, performing arts events and concerts. This position serves as the face of Tryon Palace and as the key tourism industry economic development position for the New Bern-Craven County Tourism Development Authority. Oversees the team responsible for all special events rentals at Tryon Palace, which includes weddings, performing arts series, and corporate events.  Provides insight and leadership for promotional materials, policies, contracts, and vendor relationships.


    To minimally qualify for this position, applicant must meet the posted Education and Experience, plus the below Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    1. Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles and techniques for disseminating information to the public through a variety of media.
    2. Thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of creating, printing and publishing magazines, brochures and other print media.
    3. Considerable knowledge with grant writing.
    4. Must be able to negotiate with printers, designers and advertising representatives to secure highest quality and best price.
    5. Must have considerable knowledge of marketing/public relations and regularly be available for interviews in all forms of media, including TV, radio, print, and social media.
    6. Ability to write according to correct English usage and accepted standards for magazine and press publications.
    7. Advanced skills in planning, follow up skills and the ability to organize.
    8. Ability to plan and maintain budget planning across multiple departments and needs.
    9. Ability to propose yearly fundraising events.
    10. Must have a valid NC driver's license; and
    11. Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.
    Management preferences:
    1. Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in journalism, arts administration, history or art history and four years' experience in communications, public relations, marketing or publicity work for a museum, historic site or similar cultural institution.
    2. Experience working with a non-profit organization or government agency.
    3. Highly developed skills in desktop publishing, use of digital cameras, editing paper and electronic presentations, and skills in making effective public presentations.


    Bachelor s degree in journalism or English from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in communications, public relations, or publicity work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


    The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
    Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. 
    Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. 
    To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
    Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
    Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
    If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
    Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
    It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
    N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
    Division of Human Resources
    4603 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
    Phone:  919-807-7373


    NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
    An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

    Position #60083584