Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications

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Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a catalyst to prepare students to be a change agents in the world through impact, innovation and inspiration. We are seeking a dynamic and strategic thinker to assume the newly created position of Assistant Dean. A senior leader will provide vision for a college-wide marketing and communications strategy and branding. The assistant dean will continue efforts to reinvent the marketing and communications team while being a forward thinker introducing and evaluating new technologies and industry trends. Working collaboratively, the position will promote a culture of service, creativity, innovation and excellence. The position is a full-time, 12 month Academic Professional position.

The College of Applied Health Sciences has a remarkable record of leadership in science, instruction and engagement that promotes health, well-being, and quality of life. The three academic units of the College, Kinesiology and Community Health; Recreation Sport and Tourism; and Speech and Hearing Science, are highly ranked in national surveys. The College is home to the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), the unit that provides services for all UIUC students with disabilities and the Chez Veterans Center, the largest, most comprehensive facility of its kind in the United States, designed specifically as a one-stop-shop for veterans’ and military-connected services.

The college has a very successful, integrated academic advising program, serving over 2,000 undergraduate students, and a new Academic Enrichment and Leadership program for first generation students and students from underrepresented groups. The College also houses the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability which provides leadership in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach efforts that promote health and wellness; healthy aging across the lifespan; healthy communities; and optimal participation of individuals with disabilities.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


  • Advise and guide the Dean and college leadership with respect to mission-critical, often sensitive topics and write, massage, and support messaging through efficient channels (often on a daily basis).
  • Lead college-level communications and marketing team, providing strategic vision and individualized professional guidance and development.
  • Work closely with departments and research units within the college to set and analyze measurable marketing goals driven by the new strategic plan.
  • Establish, foster, and grow strong networking and relationships throughout the college and across the campus and various media outlets.
  • Expand and improve consistent college-wide brand marketing and message strategy in alignment with campus-level strategies, including the expansion of marketing campaigns and communication materials includes digital outlets, magazines, reports, online visibility, print, interactive, video, social, and all other media.
  • Represent the college in campus-wide communication, marketing, and branding efforts, as well as manage media relations.
  • Explore, develop, and implement innovative marketing approaches that will be effective and have significant positive impact on the stature of the college.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in academia or industry.
  • Previous supervisory experience that includes leading staff and managing operations.


  • Advanced degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, or a closely related field.
  • At least five (5) years of experience managing a marketing and communications group.
  • At least three (3) years of experience within a large public university setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with both internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply market research data to strategic visioning and planning initiatives
  • Ability to promote and demonstrate enthusiasm in support of professional and career development for a team of highly talented professionals
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Strong skill in strategic planning, to organize effectively resources, establish priorities, and achieve desired results.
  • Thorough knowledge of current and emerging marketing trends and best practices, including new and emerging strategies and technologies.
  • Understands data and analytics and uses these insights to develop marketing campaigns and measure its effectiveness.
  • Ability to communicate complicated matters in a simple, structured way to senior management.

Environmental Demands:

Normal office environment. Movement between buildings required.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status and Start Date

This is a full-time (100%), 12 month Academic Professional appointment. The proposed start is as soon as possible after the closing date.


To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by 12/16/2021. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For more information about this position, applicants may contact AHS HR at [email protected]

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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