Communications Director

Job description

Commercialization Culture Manager will coordinate all marketing, promotion, communication and networking, events, and related education activities for C3 University Core programs across the state partnered universities, Responsibilities will including management of marketing materials and efforts such as website and online presence, marketing materials for education events, ensuring effective communication strategies to all participating university partners and stakeholders, creation of media content and other effective communication and education tools, and creating and executing education, networking, and commercialization events. Additionally, The CCM will be responsible for developing relationships and representing C3 in a manner that will increase commercialization culture across the state's participating university partners, which may include teaching, outreach, representing C3 at events, and coordinating partnerships and alliances with existing programs, resources, associations, and other stakeholders, internal and external to the state, that will improve commercialization culture in KY.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• In coordination with Program Director, develop and foster ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships with relevant stakeholders at participating KY universities in order to design, build, implement, promote, and manage the University Core component of the C3 suite of services to those institutions faculty, staff and students, as applicable.
• Develop, execute and oversee marketing and promotion related to commercialization education, events and related culture building initiatives and programs, offered to participating KY university partner on a regular basis.
• Ensure effective communication to universities and their stakeholders, including managing the C3 University Core website and online presence, social media, newsletter, reports, webinars, distributable materials and related efforts.
• In coordination with Program Director, help support well-known and efficient pathways to connect C3 University Core clients (faculty, staff and students at KY participating universities) to C3 University Core services and programs.
• Travel to and spend time working closely with stakeholders and inventors at participating KY university partners, aimed at increasing awareness and engagement with C3 mission.
• Create, coordinate, develop and execute periodic and non-periodic events across the state to celebrate and raise awareness related to university innovation and commercialization and entrepreneurship activities.
• Identify, initiate and execute alliances and partnerships with other resources, associations, groups, stakeholders and relevant persons aimed at raising the commercialization culture within the state tied to participating KY university partners.
• In coordination with Program Director, help support ongoing C3 relationships to ensure successful commercialization outcomes.
• Represent C3 at networking, educational, and other events in the Kentucky commercialization and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
• Assist C3 leadership in other ways deemed central to the overall development and ongoing success of C3 operations.

Due to the statewide nature of the job, working locations will vary as needs dictate. In general, the position will require travel to Lexington approximately 2-3 days/week to work from a HQ C3 office, and regular travel to stakeholder locations, including Frankfort and university locations in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Richmond, Covington, Morehead, and Murray.

Job Title
Communications Director

Requisition Number

Working Title
University Core Commercialization Culture Manager

Department Name
40420:Office of Technology Commercialization

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

4 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for extended periods of time; and repetitive motion related to computer work.


Monday-Friday;i 8:00 am-5:00 pm; and additional hours as needed.


Excel, and Powerpoint.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Driver's license preferred.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of experience do you have in the field of marketing?
    • None - 0
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  2. * Please describe your business development experience. Include any specific programs you have worked with and your role.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience managing digital media, including websites, newsletters, and blogs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * 30910 - Describe your experience planning and coordinating workshops, seminars, and events. Include examples of how you may have communicated and interacted with participants at those events.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How many years experience do you have with commercialization or university technology transfer?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  6. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/14/2018
    Application Due: 1/17/2019
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