Director of Communications and Marketing

Job description

The Director of Communications and Marketing oversees most external and internal communications for the Josef Korbel School. This position reports to the Dean and works in close collaboration with other senior staff at the School, assisting with both strategic vision and hands-on, day-to-day operations pertaining to marketing and communication endeavors.

This position manages short- and long-range strategic communication plans for the School and, following University guidelines, oversees branding and positioning efforts. This position also works in close partnership with the School's graduate enrollment office to market the school and its programs to prospective students. This includes serving as an advisor on advertising strategies as well as on content production and management for the School's website.

The Director strategizes with the Dean and senior staff on the positioning of the School relative to peer institutions and implements marketing and branding standards accordingly. This position helps manage digital communications (such as the Schools website and social media), print materials (including the Schools annual review and marketing brochures), and internal communications to students, faculty and staff (including digital signage and the Schools weekly newsletter). The Director pitches story ideas to the University's Division of Marketing and Communication and works to increase media coverage of the School. The Director also advises the Dean and other faculty and staff regarding student-specific communication, providing talking points when needed.

The Director supervises up to two full-time staff members, student employees who perform communication/marketing duties, and, on occasion, any part-time graphic designer, website project manager, and/or other communications-related consultant engaged by the School.

Excellent written and spoken English skills.

  • Ability to write and review publicity and marketing materials; strong copy editing skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information one-on-one and in large group settings to diverse audiences; excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and with tact to best represent DU and the Josef Korbel School.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to build consensus, prioritize and work well with a variety of personalities and with different constituencies.
  • Ability to work with and understand basic budgetary procedures.
  • Ability to compute, read and interpret statistical information for tracking and analysis.
  • Ability to strategize and maximize efficiency with limited staff and resources.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving multiple stakeholders and come to comprehensive and thoughtful solutions.
  • Ability to manage complex situations and make independent decisions.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop and Premier

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination or education and work experience
  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in marketing, communications, public relations, media relations and/or donor relations.
  • Experience in the design, development and implementation of communications, media and marketing strategies.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of budgets and financial accountability.
  • Project management experience with sophisticated marketing and communications campaigns.
  • Experience with online content management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in marketing, communications, or related field.
  • Communications/marketing experience in higher education.
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience working on co-branding initiatives (i.e. for entity within an entity).
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience supervising full-time, part-time and/or student employees.

Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 12, 2019

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range

Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 references and their contact information

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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




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Job No: 492513
Posted: 6/25/2019
Application Due: 8/24/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable