University of Notre Dame — Research Communications Specialist (Hybrid Optional)

Research Communications Specialist (Hybrid Optional)

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Research Communications Specialist (Hybrid Optional).

Applications will be accepted until 1/3/2023.

Does working with faculty to tell the story of their cutting-edge research excite you? Are you motivated by increasing awareness of the dynamic educational and research programs Notre Dame offers through web, print, and social? Are you excited to join a dynamic team that celebrates discovery and thrives on collaborating with colleagues across the University? If this sounds like a good fit for you, please consider applying to be a Research Communications Specialist on the award-winning Notre Dame Research Communications team!

Inspired by Notre Dame's mission, our world-class faculty and students are pursuing globally significant, solutions-oriented research in line with President Jenkins' vision: “A great Catholic University for the 21st century, one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.” To that end, Notre Dame Research (NDR) supports and encourages innovation in more than twenty core facilities, as well as in a number of key areas of research, including cancer, environmental change, global health, and many more.

The Notre Dame Research Communications (NDRC) team provides strategic support and guidance, as well as execution, for ND's research communications needs, especially within its 25+ reporting units. NDR is now searching for a new Research Communications Specialist (RCS) to join the central team, which is comprised of five other staff members and the director of research communications. This role will provide communications support to NDR units, grants, or services based on assignment by the director.

The RCS will be expected to:

  • Update websites, using the CMS Conductor.
  • Manage social media accounts, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Write regular research or student news stories.
  • Create newsletters in Emma, including managing mailing lists in both Emma and Google Groups.
  • Attend / provide booth support at conference or other promotional events, both on- and off-campus. Provide other event support, as needed.
  • Source and manage promotional items.
  • Provide management of digital signage on Korbyt, including the creation and promotion of such signs.
  • Draft relevant print materials, as needed.
  • Support student recruitment efforts.
  • Provide monthly reporting on all of the above items.

Overall, this collaborative, solutions-oriented problem solver, who has an understanding of, and enthusiasm for, higher education, science, and research, and can work within embargoed and/or confidential arrangements, will be expected to work diplomatically as part of the NDRC team to support all existing NDR communications services, including graphic design, videography, and more. The RCS will work closely with the wider communications network at Notre Dame, as well, including with colleagues in the Colleges and Schools, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Notre Dame International, the Office of Development, and more.

Notre Dame Research is committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity and ensures that members of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included. We strive to achieve a culture of openness, autonomy, and belonging, making Notre Dame an exceptional place for our team, partners, and collaborators to flourish.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, public relations, or other communications with an interest in STEM fields desired. Alternatively, a science or engineering background with strong writing skills will be considered.
  • 3 – 4 years experience
  • Candidate must be a creative and collaborative problem-solver with a proven ability to manage a continuous, professional presence in all areas of communications. Proficiency in Macintosh platforms. Experience with Adobe products preferred. Proficiency in Google products required, including email, calendar, groups, sheets, docs, analytics, and more.
  • Experience using content management systems (i.e. Conductor, WordPress, etc.) and experience using social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, or others) for business purposes is required. Experience using email marketing software (i.e. Emma) required. Experience with Slate desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, including research, fact-checking, and editing. Well-organized and detail-oriented, with an ability to multitask and handle shifting priorities. Candidates will need the ability to function as a team member to fulfill team objectives while working collaboratively with the highest standards of confidentiality, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to meet deadlines, creative and strategic thinking, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and a collaborative style, even when in a hybrid environment, and the ability to work effectively within a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree Preferred.
  • Past experience working in higher education or academic setting and past experience in STEM disciplines desired.
  • Knowledge of AP Style desired. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite desired.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we are proud of it!

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at

Equal Opportunity Employment StatementThe University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Please apply online at to Job # S23512. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.