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PT Marketing and Communications Specialist

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Job Details

The Highlights: Reporting to the Associate Vice-President for Faculty/Staff Engagement, the Marketing & Communications Specialist will serve to support and guide Division of Mission & Ministry (DMM) staff and hired student leaders related to specific digital and visual marketing and communication efforts to support DMM goals and objectives. This will include serving as the primary/direct manager for a small team of marketing, communications and graphic design students (2-3) working to execute related initiatives. Responsible for maintaining the DMM Website and blog site together with these student workers and designated DMM staff. Consults with DMM staff and Directors as a resource person to offer suggestions and to train and assist them in discerning and executing on a sustainable marketing and communications plans that best meet their needs and purposes. Helps to develop the scope and plan for occasional special projects outsourced to outside vendors. The expected weekly commitment is 15-18 hours when the university is in session and potentially slightly fewer weekly hours when not in session. The person in this role will exhibit a clear interest and ability to serve as a guide and mentor for student employees/interns.  

What You'll Do:

  •  Oversees, supports, directs and mentors a team of hired student workers/interns who will assist DMM staff with marketing, graphic design, and video/streaming projects, including regularly weekly posts from DMM on our blog site and ongoing posts through social media accounts.
  • Ensures ongoing maintenance and updates of DMM Websites and Blog site (Way of Wisdom) as well as VSI-related websites through direct intervention, planning processes, and advising others (DMM Staff and Student Worker team) in making regular updates and edits as needed to remain current and to reflect DMM Goals and initiatives.
  • Consults with and coaches DMM staff and their hired student leaders to advise them on sustainable and effective marketing and communications strategies that meet their goals. 
  • Provides individual and group training and support to DMM Staff and hired student leaders to prepare them to execute effectively and independently on their marketing and communications goals and strategies and to develop of strengthen the systems and processes to do so.
  • Advises/consults with DMM Leadership team (VP, AVPs, Directors) quarterly to assess current efforts and advise on recommendations for moving forward toward Divisional marketing/communication needs and goals, including providing guidance and support as needed to DMM Leadership on any special projects involving outside vendors or internal partners related to marketing and communication projects. 
  • Works with AVP to plan, monitor and remain within a fixed budget for student employees and for Divisional marketing and communications projects, including necessary software, memberships and licenses. 

Other duties as assigned. 

What You'll Need:

  • Bachelors degree required.
  • 3-5 years professional experience in marketing and communications including digital media. 
  • Proven experience and competency in website and blog site development and management. 
  • Experience and proven skills in design and maintenance of websites/blog sites and digital web-based exhibitions. 
  • Experience in execution and evaluation of marketing and communications initiatives, including social media. 
  • Experience working within higher education preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective in teamwork and collaboration with diverse team. 
  • Facility in use and understanding of current social media platforms. 
  • Commitment in working within a Catholic-Vincentian university and mission office. 
  • Hybrid work/Work from home is possible, however, in-person meetings will be needed occasionally to interface with DMM staff and student employees.  

Generally, available work hours should be spread in some combination over three scheduled work days during the business week (M-F) to ensure timely completion of projects and availability


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Top choice medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Retirement plan matching contribution of 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Full-Time Benefits
  • Part-Time Benefits
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.

Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)  
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act  

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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