Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Decorah, Iowa
Sep 26, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Luther College invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications.

The Senior Director will serve as the institution’s chief communications officer, leading marketing and communications efforts for Luther at an exciting and pivotal time in the institution’s history. Joining newly appointed President Jenifer K. Ward, an engaged and supportive Board of Regents, and an experienced and committed team, the Senior Director will be a key partner in advancing the Luther brand.

Ranked among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges, Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa campus nationally recognized for its distinctive, engaging Paideia program, the number of students awarded prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and the percentage of students who study abroad. Luther’s identity as a college in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA) and membership in the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) marks it as a community that is both rooted and open. Neither sectarian nor secular, Luther College shapes lives of meaning and purpose in service to the neighbor.

Luther College’s central campus is situated on nearly 200 acres of limestone bluff country, and in the heart of Decorah, a warm and vibrant town. With a population of 8,000, Decorah offers plentiful recreation; a charming downtown with numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, an independent bookstore, and a nationally recognized museum of Norwegian-American culture; natural beauty; and a close-knit community—all while providing the conveniences of a city many times its size. Recently, U.S. News & World Report named Decorah High School a top high school in Iowa. Decorah was also featured in Smithsonian Magazine’s annual list of the 20 best small towns to visit in America, as well as being named on Forbes’ “America’s Prettiest Towns” list. has Decorah appearing on 10 different “top location” lists.

The ideal candidate will be a creative and innovative leader able to identify opportunities to move the Luther brand outward and forward. This individual will work closely with all leaders of the college to establish strategies that will effectively advance the institution and position Luther for the future challenges and opportunities facing higher education. The Senior Director will provide the communications and marketing support to move major initiatives forward and provide holistic leadership to a team of 20 across five departments including Marketing and Public Relations, Marketing Operations, Creative Design, Music Marketing, and Sports Information.

The full position profile can be viewed here:

For best consideration, all applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries should be sent to:

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner

Ms. Beth McCarthy, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

[email protected]

Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.