Project Manager - Division of Marketing & Communications

Denver, Colorado, USA
Jun 06, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, doctoral granting research university with high research activity. The University has become increasingly prominent nationally and internationally for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, a holistic, student-centered approach to learning, and a dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. It plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic and educational life of the vibrant and fast-growing city it calls home.

Known as DU, the University is located on a 125-acre campus in a residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Denver. University Hall, built in 1892, lives alongside buildings from the 1930s, 1950s and early 21st century. During the last 20 years, the University has invested over $624 million in the construction of new buildings, including the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Olin Hall, the Ricketson Law Building, Ruffatto Hall (Morgridge College of Education), the Daniels College of Business, the Joy Burns Center and the Anderson Academic Commons (home of Penrose Library), as well as two new residence halls. In the last year, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex, which expands the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, have opened. The beautiful campus, nestled next to the Rocky Mountains, is designated as an arboretum.

Position Summary

The Division of Marketing and Communications invites applications for two (2) Project Managers. The Project Manager will be the key day-to-day coordinator on all projects requiring cross-functional collaboration to ensure that projects are completed within time frame and budget parameters. The Project Manager takes ownership and organizes assigned projects and effectively leads the cross-functional project team including Division of Marketing and Communications (MarComm) colleagues and cross-campus collaborators/clients. This role is also responsible for managing the relationship with MarComm clients, ensuring issue resolution, appropriate escalation tactics, timely communication of status and other various project-related items.

Essential Functions

  • Successfully coordinate a moderate-to-heavy workload of projects that integrates a pool of team members (creative, technical, business and strategy) and clients.
  • Develop project briefs, scope definitions, scheduling, budget preparation, status reporting, and resource recommendations.
  • Daily support of an infrastructure (personnel, project management software-Asana and similar programs, and common processes/practices) whereby MarComm clients have better and more consistent experiences with all MarComm service units.
  • Provide assistance building a centralized workflow and project management system that reflects the workflow needs and outputs of all MarComm units.
  • Support a traffic management system that tightly monitors projects from intake through completion across single- or multi-stream workflows and deliverables.
  • Assist in communications tagged to project milestones and tasks to ensure clients are informed of progress and next steps throughout the project.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to efficiently and tactically plan strategic communications programs.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with fellow employees.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management software tools.
  • Strong editing and copywriting skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Demonstrated client management skills.
  • Ability to keep projects on track and hold others accountable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, drive and good organizational skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant Project Management experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Media, and/or Creative Services (equivalent military experience such as MOC Public Relations Managers or Specialists would also be considered).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of marketing-based technologies (e.g. Asana, Microsoft Project, Liquid Planner, WorkZone, WorkFront, Workamajig, InMotion Now, CoSchedule, Basecamp)
  • Previous experience in higher education.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, July 7, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter outlining your specific skills relevant to this position.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.