Assistant Dean, Marketing & Communications

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Job Details

The Highlights:

Reporting to the Dean of the Driehaus College of Business (DCOB), the Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications develops, directs and executes internal and external communications and marketing strategies that shape the college’s brand image and encourage engagement among faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and industry allies. The Assistant Dean directs a two-person college marketing & communication team consisting of a Content Producer and a Website & Social Content Editor. 

What You'll Do:

Dean communications strategy and execution 

  • Provide strategic communications and marketing counsel to the Dean. Draft speaking remarks, talking points, presentation materials, reports, and messages from the Dean that communicate the college’s vision, strategic direction, and achievements to a wide range of internal and external audiences.

Marketing strategy and execution

  • Collaborate with different stakeholders to develop marketing strategies that enhance the college’s brand among various constituents.

Advisory Council communications strategy and execution 

  • Collaborate with the Dean, advancement officers, and DCOB Advisory Council (BAC) leadership on developing and executing communications strategies that engage members and support council initiatives.

Website and social media content strategy 

  • Collaborate with college and university stakeholders on strategy development and direct the college’s Website & Social Content Editor in executing content strategy for DCOB’s website,, and college-wide social media platforms.

Newsletter and blog strategy 

  • Serve as editor-in-chief of the business college’s semi-annual, web-based alumni magazine Business Exchange, and chair the Business Exchange editorial board. Manage the editorial process from conception to delivery; assign, write, and edit stories and arrange photography; collaborate with DePaul’s Alumni Relations on distribution.
  • Provide strategy oversight for the Content Producer, who serves as editor and manages newsletter and blog platforms that include General Journal, the School of Accountancy & MIS’s newsletter, and Inside Kellstadt, a blog for prospective graduate business students.

Brand Ambassador 

  • Guide best practices and brand standards to college departments and centers to empower them to produce effective, high-quality, DePaul brand-compliant communications and marketing for their events and initiatives. 

Print Publications 

  • At the request of the Dean, write, edit, direct designers, and project manage the production of print marketing materials such as fact sheets, brochures, and postcards about the college and its distinctions. 

Manages a small DCOB marketing & communications budget.

What You'll Need:

  • At least ten years of full-time public relations, communications and/or marketing leadership experience, with higher education or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, and master’s degree preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in leading communication teams, planning and implementing strategic communications and building relationships among stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience regarding how best to leverage and create content for a variety of communication platforms, including websites, email marketing/newsletters, social media/blogs, print publications, photography/videography and graphic design in support of strategic communications and marketing goals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing; knowledge of AP Style preferred.
  • Ability to self-start; proven track record of excellent strategic thinking with a high degree of comfort and flexibility managing multiple, competing priorities and with attention to complex details.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher.
  • Intermediate knowledge of basic statistical applications.
  • Intermediate knowledge of web site development and print publication production.

May require some evening or weekend work.


  • 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. 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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