Date posted: 8/9/18
The School of Communications at Elon University invites applications for director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and instructor in the school.
The full-time position involves teaching three or four courses over fall, winter, and spring terms and working with the NCOGC board to strengthen public understanding and appreciation of the value of transparency in government through open meetings, open records and other forms of accessibility for the public good.
Elon’s School of Communications has housed the Open Government Coalition and its educational arm, the Sunshine Center, since 2007. The nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public’s access to government activity. The coalition’s Sunshine Center focuses on outreach efforts to inform citizens about the importance of government openness, educates people about their rights, supports their efforts to gain access, and advocates the principles and benefits of open government.
Key responsibilities of the director include working with the NCOGC board to plan the state’s annual Sunshine Day, organizing workshops and creating webinars on open meetings and open records laws, responding to citizen queries via email and the center’s hotline, representing the coalition in media interviews, maintaining an up-to-date website, conducting an annual membership drive and fundraising efforts, and working with the board on strategic planning in an effort to inform North Carolina citizens about open government laws and the value of government transparency in a democracy. The director is the primary manager of the coalition’s legal and fiscal affairs. The position also involves teaching three to four courses a year in the School of Communications.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or J.D. desirable), significant professional experience in journalism or communications, a working knowledge of North Carolina state laws regarding open government, and the ability to be an influential voice to promote and uphold the value of government transparency in society. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. To learn more, visit http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/ncopengov/.
Elon is a dynamic private university known as a national model for engaged learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit http://www.elon.edu. Elon features small classes, an international focus and outstanding technology. The university attracts 10,000 applicants a year for 1,500 seats in the incoming class and ranks first among master’s-level universities in the South in the U.S. News rankings. The university is located between Raleigh-Durham to the east and Greensboro to the west on a campus that is a designated botanical garden.