Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Job no: 527450
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Executive/Management/Director

Department: School of Music and Dance
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
June 1, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure consideration, please upload the following with your online application by the review date:
  • A resume of your professional work experience and education
  • A cover letter highlighting how your knowledge, skills, and experience qualify you for the requirements, competencies, and, if applicable, preferred qualifications outlined in the job posting.

    Please note, as part of the application process, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

    Department Summary
    The School of Music and Dance (SOMD) has an enrollment of more than 800 music and dance majors and minors, a faculty and staff of 85, and approximately 70 graduate employees. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered, from the baccalaureate through the doctorate, including programs in dance, music performance, collaborative piano, music education, composition, theory, musicology, jazz studies, piano and string pedagogy, conducting, music technology, and music with a liberal arts emphasis. The school is known for being the only comprehensive school of music and dance in the state of Oregon. It is also home to the internationally recognized Oregon Bach Festival and ChamberMusic@Beall performance series.

    Position Summary
    The Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing leads the branding, marketing, and communications efforts for the School of Music and Dance. Key responsibilities include overall marketing (including collateral materials, marketing strategies, social media, and website), and communications (including publications management, public relations, public communications, and other communications activities). The director is responsible for developing and executing a strategic communication and marketing plan on behalf of the school that covers communications needs for recruitment, development, alumni relations, advertising, and reputation.

    The director supervises a small team of communications professionals to execute the school's marketing and communications plan and respond to communications needs as they arise.

    The director has a dual report to the Dean of the School of Music and Dance and the Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff at University Communications.

    Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field
  • Five years of progressively responsible management experience in marketing, advertising, and communications

    Professional Competencies
  • Expertise in integrated marketing channels spanning print and web-based media
  • Strong familiarity with working in a higher education marketing and communications environment, preferably in performing arts
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
  • Creativity, innovation, and demonstrated skills working collaboratively with diverse constituents to envision, position, develop, and implement superior marketing and communications aimed at multiple audiences

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field
  • Experience in higher education communications
  • Background or experience working in the performing arts strongly preferred

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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