Communications Manager, Division of Marketing & Communications

Job description

The Communications Manager (CM) oversees development of key internal communications and tools. The CM will work with partners from across the institution to advance the institutions brand reputation through the successful execution of purposeful campaigns, projects, creative work and messaging to showcase the universitys brand and strategic initiatives. The CM supports unit leadership in a variety of ways, including oversight of communications execution for assigned campus partners and leadership-identified strategic priorities, MarComm-owned internal newsletters, internally-focused communications and marketing asset production, toolkit development, campaign execution and communications evaluation. The CM leads and maintains the strategic development and distribution of a variety of communications materials in electronic and print format, including web content, brochures, fact sheets and posters, scripts and talking points, articles, emails, and environmental displays; writes and edits content as needed; coordinates the work of designers, videographers, photographers, writers and select vendors as needed.

As a member of the universitys communications team, this collaborative position interfaces with the unit marketing, strategic positioning, creative, operations/finance and media relations teams, as well as the universitys agencies and internal partners to ensure the successful delivery of a heavy schedule of short- and long-term projects. Under the direction of the Sr. Director of Communications and Issues Management and indirect direction of the Sr. Director of Strategic Positioning and in collaboration with the remainder of the units leadership team, the CM provides clarity and structure to strategic direction for the successful execution of communications projects, campaigns and initiatives and tracks progress to ensure delivery that is on message, on time and on budget according to established targets. The Communications Manager will collaborate with colleagues across the unit to evaluate the effectiveness of DUs internal communications efforts to advise leadership on adjustments to strategy and implementation. Additionally, the CM will provide consultation for campus partners and collaborate with the Sr. Directors to refine processes, manage projects/timelines, and ensure excellent customer service to campus stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 5 years of experience executing communications or brand marketing initiatives across multiple channels, including digital and print, to achieve unit goals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in marketing, communication, public relations or related field.
  • 8 years of experience executing communications or brand marketing initiatives across multiple channels, including digital and print, to achieve unit goals.
  • Experience writing, producing and editing both informational and strategic communication materials as well as developing talking points.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Project management certification.
  • Track record of demonstrating initiative in identifying innovative techniques for navigating the modern communications landscape and a willingness to learn new techniques in real time.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the higher education market.
  • Experience using content management systems and other distribution tools, including web, email, and customer relationship management/automation systems.
  • Familiarity with crisis communications techniques and strategies.
  • Familiarity with advancement and fundraising practices as well as corresponding communications strategies.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 21, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.




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Job No: 493852
Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 8/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable