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Associate Director, Marketing Communications (On-site)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Communications & Marketing
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Highlights:   Reporting to the Director of Marketing Communications, the Associate Director will manage brand and university-wide marketing for DePaul University. They will build and manage long-term relationships with university partners, provide consultation, gather requirements and research, assemble, compare and recommend marketing communication tactics that meet budgetary and time constraints, while considering communication objectives, university brand and strategic goals. They will act as a project manager and manage communication tactics for university and college-based efforts. They will build brand consistency and help steward the DePaul brand across college and unit communication channels to properly represent the university's identity and strategic priorities.

What You'll Do:

  • Serve as a marketing communications liaison to university partners. Oversee project management for marketing initiatives from inception to completion including collaborating with a variety of stakeholders across the university in order to ensure successful implementation of marketing plans. 
  • Serve as brand steward for the university. Develop relationships and sustain strong rapport with university partners in order to effectively educate, consult, influence and support brand-forward marketing initiatives and design decisions. Ensure marketing materials integrate established brand positioning and are visually brand compliant. Enforce guidelines when necessary.
  • Coordinate projects with outside and/or internal vendors such as copywriters, graphic designers, web developers, photographers and printers. Responsible for creative development, production, proofreading/editing, fact checking, delivery and deadline management of each project. Manage prioritization of workload, balance multiple projects at one time and track work for divisional reporting. 
  • Responsible for technology related to scaling brand integration. Oversee the implementation and maintenance of any brand management systems, like Marq. Be able to conceptualize the software’s framework and effectively communicate asset requirements to designers. Responsible for onboarding and training new users. Provide insights and recommendations from user feedback to improve user experience and brand integration. 
  • Based on regular environmental scanning, be informed of innovative marketing tactics that can be leveraged in higher education and recommend these tactics when appropriate. Research, develop and execute marketing communication strategies and tactics. 

What You'll Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with emphasis in marketing or communications strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 4-6 years marketing experience in a highly respected consumer product or services firm or non-profit organization. Experience in marketing communications management, direct response, print and digital production and project management. Must have previous client service experience.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication, organizational and project management skills. Must be able to work under pressure with multiple deadlines, multi-task and work independently on projects from inception to completion. Must be accountable for their work.
  • Strong written, verbal and proofreading/editing skills with great audience awareness. Must be highly proactive, detail-oriented, analytical and resourceful. Team player with a cooperative spirit and a sense of humor. Effective in listening, consulting and influencing.  
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Understanding of marketing principles. Knowledge of PhotoShop, InDesign and/or similar design programs helpful but more importantly an intermediate level of aesthetic sensibility and graphic design. Familiarity with local creative, print and direct marketing resources. 
  • Currently this role is hybrid home/office with work space located at DePaul's Loop Campus. Employee must be able to easily get to DePaul's campuses as required.


  • 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
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. 

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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