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The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States, is seeking energetic and organized professionals to serve as the director of scholar selection and director of communications.


The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Established in 1945 and inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the Morehead-Cain covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at Carolina for seventy to seventy-five new students annually. The Program also features four fully funded, distinctive summer opportunities in outdoor leadership; civic collaboration; global perspective; and professional experience. Recipients of the Morehead-Cain enrich UNC’s vibrant campus community as leaders and innovators, and they join a network of more than 3,100 exceptional and connected alumni.

Director of Scholar Selection

The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States, seeks a respected college admissions professional to lead its scholar recruitment and selection efforts. We use the Slate platform to review around 2,200 applicants per year.

The Position

The Director plans and executes the recruitment and selection process to attract and identify the most promising future leaders from all backgrounds to Morehead-Cain and UNC.

The director:

  • Defines strategies to attract promising future leaders to the program. The director develops applicant messaging, creates promotional materials, and engages with secondary schools.
  • Defines and carries out the selection process, with an eye for innovation. The director identifies assessment techniques aligned to Morehead-Cain criteria, trains readers and assessment committees, coordinates candidate interviews, and oversees our unique finalist experience.
  • Delights a broad community of stakeholders. Throughout the selection year, the director monitors the needs of candidates and their families, high school personnel, seasonal readers, alumni, faculty, and administrators.

The director of scholar selection reports to the president, manages a selection officer and many seasonal employees, and works closely with the entire Foundation staff to improve the Morehead-Cain experience.


The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Loves working with college-bound students and undergraduates.
  • Has deep curiosity about leadership potential and character, and appropriate processes for assessing high-achieving students for these attributes.
  • Is driven to create an extraordinary selection experience for students and assessors alike.
  • Brings strong operational and process management skills and comfort with complexity.
  • Brings superb written and oral communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Comfortable collaborating with and leading a team.

Candidates must be energetic, enthusiastic, and motivated self-starters with excellent relationship-building skills. Experience in college admissions or a highly selective assessment process is preferred, and facility with technology and new media is expected. A bachelor’s degree is required, and a sense of humor is helpful. Travel is occasional but essential. Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resumé to

Director of Communications

The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program, seeks a creative professional to create and implement a content strategy that shares the Morehead-Cain story with a diverse community of nominees, scholars, alumni, and friends of the Morehead-Cain Program.

The Basics

The director of communications is a creative, organized, and energetic team member who is vital to the success of the Morehead-Cain Foundation.

As the director of communications, you will work closely with staff, scholars, and alumni to champion and protect the brand; develop and implement strategic objectives, communications plans, and content calendars; and administer the Morehead-Cain website and the Morehead-Cain Network.

The director of communications supervises the content specialist and reports to the associate director.

The Specifics


  • With the associate director and the content specialist, serve as the Foundation’s brand champion and brand guardian.
    • Study and internalize the brand story, behaviors, and personality.
    • Advocate for Morehead-Cain at all times, internally and externally.
    • Guide staff in understanding, living, and communicating the brand.
    • Guard the brand against negativity.
    • Engage alumni and scholars to help bring the brand strategy to life.
  • With the associate director and the content specialist, develop and implement a communications plan that tells the Morehead-Cain story to all key constituencies, including staff, trustees, scholars, alumni, donors, schools, prospective scholars and their families, volunteers, and key University constituencies.
  • Supervise and work with the content specialist on the production of creative collateral. Examples include the monthly Morehead-Cain newsletter, the Year in Review digital annual report, recruitment pieces, fundraising appeals, and news releases.
  • Proofread, copyedit, and critique Foundation communications to ensure consistent presentation of the Morehead-Cain brand and accuracy of all content.
  • Update and maintain the Morehead-Cain style guide and communications guidelines; train staff; update as necessary.
  • With the associate director and the content specialist, act as a de facto communications consultancy to each of the Foundation’s departments (Administration, Advising, Alumni Engagement, Development, and Selections) and support their communications and marketing projects. Examples:
    • Work with Development to create annual development message.
    • Help departments draft, edit, and polish emails.
    • Create and edit candidate and parent communications pieces for Selections.
    • Update and create web pages as needed for Advising and other departments.


  • Oversee the Foundation’s online presence in all appropriate digital spaces.
  • Manage the development of content for the Foundation’s website, social media channels, video platforms, and podcast feed.
  • Listen, measure, and report on social media conversation, web traffic, and search analytics. Strategy and content recommendations should be supported by data whenever possible.
  • Monitor trends in social media tools and applications and keep the Foundation current in this arena. Add or subtract accounts based on research and insights.
  • Work with scholars whose interests are in communications, social media, photography, and/or videography and include in projects if appropriate.
  • Engage and work with student and other interns as appropriate to maintain workflow.


  • Oversee the management of the Morehead-Cain Network (MCN)—the Foundation’s scholar and alumni intranet.
    • Perform MCN administrator tasks, such as implementing new features, creating and updating pages, and managing member data.
    • Train teammates to help alumni with forgotten passwords and other access issues.
    • Hold sessions to educate scholars and alumni to get the most out of the MCN.
    • Meet with Foundation departments to help them update their MCN pages.
    • Oversee and continually improve the Morehead-Cain Network.
  • Create and continually improve upon event apps, including Final Selection Weekend and Alumni Forum Guidebook implementations.


We are a distinctly collaborative organization where every team member wears many hats. You will collaborate with Advising in the creation of materials for current scholars, support Selections to select and recruit each new class of scholars, support Events throughout the year, and much more.

Education and Experience

  • Four-year degree required; communications, journalism, or digital media majors preferred. Graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of seven to ten years’ experience managing a brand and developing content that supports an organization’s mission.
  • Proven editorial and copywriting ability.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required. Experience with WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or similar), email design tools (MailChimp, Emma, iContact, etc.), HTML, video and audio editing tools, and new media platforms preferred.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Skills You’ll Need

The director of communications has many of the same characteristics we seek in our scholars: an innate curiosity about the world; a lifelong love of learning; and exemplary character, including integrity, empathy, and optimism. In addition you will need:

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral (clarity, brevity, authenticity, spelling, grammar)
  • Personal authenticity, dignity, and an ability to build sincere relationships with scholars, fellow staff members, and all Foundation constituents
  • Self-starter, motivated, high achiever
  • Flexibility, creativity, intelligence, dependability
  • A knack for storytelling and proven editorial skills
  • An eye for good graphic design and some design experience and ability
  • An enthusiasm for working with a collaborative, engaged team
  • Sharp attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • An appreciation and respect for the Foundation’s history, mission, values, and brand; an appreciation for and understanding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • A great sense of humor

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resumé to Ms. Hannah Hannan at

Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.