Director of Marketing Communications - College of ACES Office of Marketing Communications (117769)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Director of Marketing Communications – OMC

The Office of Marketing Communication (OMC) supports the College of ACES core activities of teaching, research, and outreach. OMC provides numerous services ranging from website strategy, user experience and content development to creating communications and marketing materials for faculty and staff of the College of ACES.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Primary Position Function/Summary

This person will provide inspirational leadership to the Marketing and Communications group and empower its members to find innovative ways to meet the goals of the College.

This role will work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean of Marketing Communications to develop and execute internal and external communications and marketing strategies, goals and actions, and provide services that advance the mission and goals of the College of ACES, including elevating visibility and awareness of the College, along with bolstering recruitment and donor engagement.

The director will maintain relationships and interactions with staff across the College including the Office of Research, University of Illinois Extension, Office of Academic Programs, Office of International Programs, Office of Advancement, each of the seven Academic Departments, and various other units and programs.

This position is a 100% full time professional position. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is available as soon as possible after the closing date.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Lead the development of College of ACES communications and marketing strategy, goals, and activation to insure effective, consistent branding across all departments to support the long-term interests of the College.
  • Work closely with the Director of Web Development to build and execute a strategic plan for the College websites that aligns with the College’s goals and brand, including development of content and updates as needed.
  • Work closely with non-departmental units such as the Office of Advancement.
  • Set communication goals and objectives for the College.
  • Identify key audiences.
  • Conduct appropriate market research methods to gather information.
  • Establish performance metrics to measure outcomes for marketing activities.
  • Develop strategic messaging, advertising campaigns, and social media approaches to deliver against strategies and goals.
  • Supervise civil service professionals, academic professionals, academic hourlies, student workers and interns, as appropriate, for communications and marketing projects.
  • Develop and manage budget for the Marketing and Communications department.
  • Lead the development of research related communications and publications.
  • Serve as the Editor of the College’s flagship publication, [email protected], overseeing content and story development, story assignments, photo concepts and development, layout and design, writing stories, and distribution of the publication.


  • Develop and oversee dissemination of college news and information across various communications platforms including press releases, college/campus websites, social media, etc.
  • Collaborate with the director of web development and web developers to ensure optimal brand management, consistency in messaging and design, and application of college and campus guidelines.
  • Provide management, editorial, writing, and other services to communications and marketing projects for college-level units such as the Office of Advancement.
  • Provide strategic marketing and communication consulting services to department heads, unit leaders and other members of the executive leadership team to deliver against their goals and priorities.
  • Develop and implement concepts, outlines, and content for marketing materials, to include web-based and printed materials, and messages for inclusion in remarks by College of ACES leadership.
  • Manage professional vendors selected to work on outsourced communications and marketing projects.


  • Collaborate closely with the associate deans for the Office of Research, University of Illinois Extension, Office of Academic Programs, Office of International Programs, and heads for each of the seven academic departments and various other units and programs.
  • Partner with departments and units across the college to:
    • Foster and lead strategic collaborations between College of ACES departments/units and other campus departments, units as it relates to communications and marketing strategies, including planning and execution for new College initiatives.
  • Lead projects in collaboration with creative teams responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and producing print and electronic communications for a range of audiences and objectives.
  • Connect the editorial and marketing functions of the department to ensure that work is integrated and mutually supportive.
  • Integrate the marketing activities happening at the department level with the OMC team efforts in order to ensure that work displays brand consistency, meets quality standards, is current and is aligned with institutional goals.
  • Direct College of ACES' communications efforts with University and campus units to ensure consistency with University and campus direction and representation of the college's interests.

Administrative Organization

The Director of Communications and Marketing reports directly to the Assistant Dean of the Office of Marketing Communications, ACES – OMC.


Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, advertising, public relations or other related field.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years of recent experience and demonstrated success in communications activities, e.g. marketing, advertising, editing, media, or public relations.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills required.
  • Experience in staff supervision, staff motivation and development, and delegation of authority required.
  • Expertise in communications and marketing, including knowledge of brand development, strategic planning, traditional and digital media, public and media relations, and content development.
  • Demonstrated adept organizational problem solving, strategic planning, and consensus building required.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills required.
  • Must work well in a client-focused service environment.
  • Knowledge in project planning and management and team leadership.
  • Provide copy development, proofreading, and editing, as well as news and feature writing.
  • Ability to identify communication goals in the framework of overall marketing and public relations activities and develop clearly-focused communications strategies to meet those goals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant communications or marketing experience with an institution of higher education or other not-for-profit organization is highly preferred.
  • Communications experience for fundraising processes and institutional advancement is also preferred.
  • Understanding of a large research university like the University of Illinois, the historical role of a land grant institution, as well as, Extension philosophies and methodologies is highly preferred.

Application Procedures: A candidate profile should be created at Please upload a letter of application, resume, and writing sample. In addition, step one of the online application will require the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted by August 20, 2019 for your application to be considered for this position.

For further information about this position, contact Search Chair Marla Todd via e-mail at [email protected]. For questions about the online application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Comprehensive background checks will be conducted.

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of ACES Office of Marketing Communications Category:2-Administrative Title:Director of Marketing Communications - College of ACES Office of Marketing Communications (117769) Open Date:07/23/2019 Close Date:08/20/2019 Organization Name:ACES Marketing Communications




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Posted: 7/24/2019
Application Due: 8/20/2019
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