Research Communications Manager

The UC Humanities Research Institute—the systemwide organization for all 10 campuses in the UC system—seeks a talented and motivated individual with experience in academic and research communications, as well as program administration. This position will coordinate all of UCHRI’s research and programming communications, and will work in close collaboration with the Director, Associate Director, Research Programs staff, and technical staff. The Research Communications and Projects Manager will be responsible for scholarly and donor communications, including UCHRI’s social media and web presence, related programming and fundraising initiatives. The Research Communications Manager will also contribute to substantive program development and administration of current and upcoming UCHRI programs, including but not limited to public and digital humanities projects and Humanists@Work.



Under direction of Director and Associate Director, coordinate strategic communication planning and implementation for UCHRI and the UC Humanities Network.

Provide creative directorship of UCHRI’s brand identity with special attention to website development and content maintenance, in addition to other public-facing outlets such as email newsletters, public programming, and fundraising materials.

In collaboration with Associate Director, grow and manage social media presence and networking strategies to showcase UC humanities research and UCHRI projects and programs and help build the Institute’s various relationships.

Provide statistical analysis of social media outreach strategies and provide recommendations for experimentation and greater audience outreach and engagement.

Provide artistic leadership and technical assistance with all printed and electronic materials including, but not limited to:

  • Brochures, posters, and other collateral materials
  • Board of Governors and UC Office of the President data reports
  • Humanists@Work focus group results
  • Public-facing annual reports/videos
  • Donor outreach materials

Oversee creative video productions and multi-media for all of UCHRI’s programmatic initiatives.

Oversight will include the supervision of the undergraduate media assistant.


In collaboration with UCHRI’s program team, contribute to the development of UCHRI research initiatives and programs.

Assist Director and Associate Director with identifying, writing, and formatting external grant applications.

In consultation with Director and Associate Director, develop and conduct research relevant to the Institute’s mission and its programs, to which the candidate’s own research interests would contribute and from which they might benefit.

Assist with programmatic and logistical concerns relating to UCHRI events.


Bachelor’s degree in humanities-related field; or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Experience working in academic or liberal arts institution/organization, with an emphasis on humanistic research.

Experience writing scholarly or monograph-type documents (e.g., academic articles, dissertation, etc.)

Understanding of academic and educational functions of major research university.

Deep understanding of and appreciation for academic and humanistic enterprise.

Ability to articulate academic values to diverse constituencies.

Superior research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

Experience in new media communications, social and digital media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, podcasting, etc.).

Experience designing and working with websites (e.g. WordPress), email tools (e.g. Mailchimp), and design and video production programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects and others).

Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted programs and projects.

Demonstrated ability to work and prioritize in a multi-project, deadline driven environment.

Proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently with little supervision.

Have strong attention to detail and follow through.


Ph.D. in a humanities-related field, completed and in hand prior to start date, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated experience working with faculty, graduate students and administrators within UC system and with diverse publics outside the academy.

Workplace and interactive flexibility, which is vital, as this is a diverse, distributed team environment.

Knowledge of data collection/analysis tools (such as Qualtrics, Excel, etc.).

Salary: Range $60,000.00 – $68,000.00

This is a 100% year-long contract position, with possibility of renewal, contingent on budget.

Occasional travel in California and out of state. As driving will be required for this position, you must possess a valid California Driver’s License or ability to obtain one as required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Apply on UC Irvine’s Human Resources website by entering the job number in the search field:

(job number 2019-0051). Please attach your resume.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.