Director of Communications and Marketing at University of Denver

Posted in Other 12 days ago.

Location: Denver, Colorado

Job Description:

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Denver has a job opening for a Director of Communications and Marketing. The college is home to five academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and the Environment, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy. The college offers over 30 degrees ranging from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Philosophy as well as having many active research labs funded through extramural sources.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations, the Director of Communication and Marketing (DCM). The DCM leads the communication and marketing efforts within the college and will plan, develop, implement, and assess all communication and marketing needs, strategies, and all forms of communication for key constituents/stakeholders with a high standard of excellence. The DCM acts as a key partner in conjunction with the department graduate program managers to create, develop, and implement an integrated communication, marketing, and recruiting plan.

All messages and communications plans will be developed and shaped with much thought for the direct needs of prospective students, and other key constituents. The DCM shares the responsibility to ensure the college is meeting all enrollment and retention goals and supports the desire of the university to attract and retain diverse students.

The DCM is required to keep abreast with communications, marketing, and design trends with special emphasis on the trends/methods being implemented by other enrollment divisions across the country. The DCM will partner with campus colleagues to ensure a cohesive and consistent user experience for prospective graduate students. The DCM is responsible for promoting information flow within the college and the University and should have exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
The DCM will be responsible for highlighting research efforts for the college. Identifying and reaching a target audience, generating imaginative solutions, producing excellent print and digital communication materials. Collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education, central marketing, media relations, and advancement teams are key objectives of this position.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denver's policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting with all college faculty to understand, catalog, and showcase areas of research and specialty.
  • Seeking out and reporting on the achievements, research, awards, and notable events of the college, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Providing direction and support to departments with regard to quality graduate student recruitment, updating and ordering college collateral as needed.
  • Overseeing alumni, faculty, and student newsletter drafting and dissemination; composing and scheduling bi-weekly faculty/staff newsletter.
  • Posting to college social media regularly.
  • Continually updating the college website and providing support to departments.
  • Event Coordination - Photograph college events for the newsletter, post NSM events on the online DU calendar, create flyers and digital content for ads to promote events, create invitations for annual events, and ensure technology is working at events.
  • Regularly evaluating and updating all content to reflect the changing dynamics of both the graduate program/information and the audience using our sites.
  • Keeping abreast of marketing trends, especially as it relates to recruiting and admission.
  • Creatively develop unique and innovative strategies yearly to maximize potential and meet the college enrollment goals.
  • Serving as primary liaison to DUs central marketing and communications team, advancement team, and other campus communications partners.
  • Facilitating strategic planning workshops.
  • Developing communications strategies for NSM initiatives.
  • Drafting and editing letters of acknowledgment, early admit letters, speeches, and fundraising letters.
  • Managing the communication budget, including allocation recommendations of existing and new communication and marketing plans, projects, and routine budget stewardship.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships with peers, divisions, and senior leadership.
  • Ability to collaborate and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity.
  • Ability to create effective partnerships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, work with limited direction and appropriately balance competing priorities, have attention to detail, and work effectively in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to handle time-sensitive/confidential information appropriately.
  • Ability to compose informative, accurate, and engaging articles.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency with website content management systems (Drupal) and maintenance.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in communications and/or marketing.
  • Strong writing, communications, design, planning, project management, and webpage management skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related area
  • Membership in professional organizations such as Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • 6-8 years of marketing/communications experience
  • Experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience in Slate

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 50 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In accordance with the University's flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 26, 2023.

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-$100,000.

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 candidate's 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.

Please include the following documents with your application:

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non-Discrimination-Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: December 11, 2023
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