Director of University Relations

Job description

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to discover and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek a Director of University Relations who will elevate the UNI vision, mission and strategic plan through leading a collaborative effort that provides vision and leadership in creating a comprehensive branding, marketing, and public relations strategy.

The director ensures the quality and consistency of and adherence to the university's brand and strategic plan when developing and overseeing marketing and public relations initiatives. The director participates in the development of materials for and the oversight of UNI’s Customer Relationship Management System. The director serves as the primary daily contact for brand awareness and strategy, issues management, and media relations, acts as the university spokesperson, and maintains relationships with key local, regional and national media. The success of this position ultimately depends on an ability to develop strong relationships, especially in the areas of enrollment marketing and recruitment. The director is responsible for leading the Office of University Relations and reports to the President.

A bachelor’s degree in public relations, communication, marketing, or related field plus at least eight years of experience in public relations and/or marketing, and five years of administrative leadership experience required.  Demonstrated effective team-building and leadership skills; ability to develop and execute short- and long-term objectives; effective oral and written communication skills; and the ability to analyze information and summarize results in a clear and concise manner are required. Criminal and other relevant background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

The university offers an excellent benefits package including a vacation plan, employer sponsored retirement plans, health and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance.  The position will remain open until filled, but application materials received by July 9, 2018 will be given first consideration. For more information on this position and University Relations, please visit

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Job No: 51617
Posted: 6/12/2018
Application Due: 8/11/2018
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Salary: $120,900 to Commensurate