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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues

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The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is the outreach arm of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Founded in 1985 by visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Hawkins Kenan, the Institute is the research, outreach, and strategic planning arm of Kenan-Flagler Business School. The nonprofit institute and its affiliated centers convene leaders from the private sector, academic community, and government to build a greater understanding of how the business sector can work for the public good. The Institute’s mission is to develop and promote innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the Institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is core to the work of the Kenan Institute. We celebrate the multle dimensions that each individual shares and believe that diversity among our faculty and staff is paramount to ensuring the greatest possible impact of our work. We encourage all qualified individuals interested to apply to any open position. 

Assistant Director of Finance

This position reports directly to the Director of Business Development and Finance and includes responsibility for financial and budget management across the Kenan Institute and its ten affiliated centers. This includes highly complex, specialized accounting and analysis of all financial activity at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, including budget development and financial analytics, financial and compliance oversight of sponsored research activities at both the Institute and the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and utilizing reporting tools available through the university and as well as the development of internal financial reporting tools.  

This position will interface a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders including corporate foundations, federal and state agencies, charitable foundations, individual donors, and the William R. Kenan Jr. Funds, among others. The role also includes a wide variety of complex financial compliance responsibilities within UNC, including effort certification, procurement oversight, financial projections for the Institute and its component projects, pre and post-award reporting, data use agreements, industry contracting agreements, and corporate and foundation sponsorships.  Key relationships for this position include program officers at partner corporations, foundations and government agencies; KFBS financial services; UNC’s Office of Sponsored Research; the UNC Office of Industry Contracting; UNC Office of Legal counsel, KFBS leadership, KFBS Center directors and staff, and faculty leadership at the business school and other institutions.  


This job requires a background in managerial accounting and sponsored research administration and experience with budget development, management/accounting financial reporting preparation, and analysis of financial data.  Superior communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills need to communicate clear and concisely to constituents internal and external to the school. Knowledge of complex federal and state regulations. Demonstrated ability to report on and analyze complex financial data. 

Prior experience in research university-based managerial accounting is strongly preferred.

Video Producer

The video producer is responsible for the overall production of video content for the Kenan Institute, serving on the frontlines of the institute’s marketing and translational research strategy. Producing more than 100 videos per year, the video producer captures interviews, covers events and crafts stories ranging from those promoting events and programs to nuanced explorations highlighting the thought leadership of the institute’s in-house and affiliated subject matter experts. The role requires a creative storyteller able to produce videos ranging in length, tone, aim and style to bolster the understanding of the work of the institute, its affiliated centers and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School more broadly. S/he will work closely with Kenan Institute core leadership to craft the overall vision for video projects. This position will report to the External Affairs Director.


Must be available to work outside normal office hours, including some weekends. Light travel may be required for locational video shoots.  Ability to lift and move 25 lbs., climb a ladder and stand for long periods of time.
Must have a strong background in video storytelling and have previous experience with video integration and how it supports content across various communications channels (social media, web, print). Must be able to work independently and maintain a well-organized editorial calendar for her/himself.  

A successful candidate would be a gifted storyteller who can seamlessly juggle multiple projects and is familiar with scouting, shooting, interviewing, directing, producing, and editing high-quality, engaging videos, from concept to completion.

Technical Business Research Content Developer

This position will cultivate relationships with Institute staff, its affiliated centers, and Kenan-Flagler faculty to identify and translate academic business research to make it useful and actionable for the Kenan Institute audience at large, including industry leaders and policymakers. In addition, the Technical Business Research Content Developer will be responsible for developing content pieces in various styles including the Institute’s Kenan Insights series, white papers, policy briefs, data commentaries, slide decks, among others. This position will also review and edit content written by faculty and research staff for publication.  In order to accomplish these goals, the selected candidate will be required to stay up-to-date on the latest business and economic news in order to assist the Institute with producing timely and solutions-based content. 

This position will work on a wide variety of translational research efforts at the Institute and will be expected to assist from beginning to end of a project including identifying source material through literature reviews; interviewing experts; writing and editing the final product.  This position will report to the Director of Research Services. However, this position will work closely in partnership with both the research services and external affairs teams in order to drive the Institute’s vision around developing solutions-oriented content that focuses on how the private sector can be leveraged for the public good. Specifically, this position will work closely with a cross-functional team from both External Affairs and Research Services to understand what content is resonating with the institute’s audience, and pitch content that aligns with the outreach goals of the Kenan Institute. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the work of the Kenan Institute. We celebrate the multiple dimensions that each individual shares and believe that diversity among our staff is paramount to ensuring the greatest possible impact of our work. We encourage all individuals interested in this position to submit an application.


Strong written and verbal communication skills with the familiarity of writing in AP style. Must be comfortable reading, understanding, and translating academic business research. Should be familiar with citation styles including APA 7th edition. Must have strong data literacy skills, with the ability to interpret basic statistical models used in economic and business research. Proficiency in Excel is required, with experience using statistical software a plus. This position requires strong project management skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines.  Must be team-oriented, with the ability to work independently.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, business, economics, public policy, or other relevant field is with at least three years of related experience is strongly preferred.

Familiarity or experience with the following areas is preferred:

  • academic literature databases 
  • conducting literature reviews 
  • data visualizations and infographics, particularly with business and economic data