Project Director, Marketing Advancement
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
The Project Director, Marketing will serve as team leader for
marketing projects, owning and reinforcing the production schedule
and overseeing the omni-channel strategic project management cycle
from inception to completion. The project director will as act as
lead for strategic marketing projects related to Advancement and
External Affairs within the strategy department. The individual
will possess the outstanding ability to seamlessly conceptualize,
manage and lead multiple strategic projects (working with the
Advancement and External Affairs teams) and execute marketing
campaigns with achievable, measurable and relevant goals. This
individual will possess both advanced technical and soft skills
relevant to professional project management and provide skilled and
well-informed counsel, guidance and consultation on client
marketing needs. The Project Director will serve as a strategic
advisor to the marketing leadership team. This individual will
collaborate with campus partners and work closely with the
executive director of marketing strategy and Director of marketing
strategy to ensure client goals and KPIs are being met. This person
must be incredibly autonomous, work independently with little to no
direction, highly motivated and able to manage multiple high
profile projects simultaneously.
- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, advertising or
related field or equivalent experience and seven (7) plus years of
project management/producer experience.
- Supervisor experience preferred.
Job Specific Qualifications
- Excellent judgement, strong ability to work independently and
autonomously and high degree of comfort managing up to University
- Evidence of strong project management skills, strong attention
to detail and customer service focus.
- Exceptional ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing
demands with professional attitude.
- Demonstrated experience stewarding and elevating an
institutional position and brand.
- Fluent use of standard office communication stools like MS
Word, Excel and Outlook required. Familiarity with Adobe Creative
Suite tools, iOS and Android a plus.
- Highly responsive to communications with stakeholders, and
ability to translate that communication into the required action
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen,
understand and translate information to various marketing platforms
- Work with executive director of marketing strategy and
leadership team, along with the director of marketing to develop a
comprehensive marketing plan that includes business partner goals,
KPIs, target audiences, campaigns and budgets.
- Oversee management of all marketing projects on schedule and on
- Exceed client expectations with streamlined best-in-class
deliverables with related analytics.
- Oversee strategists’ output and communicate regularly with
Chief Marketing Officer, marketing leaders and partners to provide
project status, project plans and to generate exceptional project
- Delegate project tasks to teammates as appropriate. Act as
final quality check for team deliverables before handing to
partners. Provide high-quality individual project leadership.
- Mobilizes teams/resources that best utilize knowledge, skills
and abilities to advance and elevate the University brand across a
full suite of platforms including web, digital (photography/video)
and social media, print and other methods.
- Create and execute comprehensive marketing programs that
deliver measurable results.
- Direct the production life cycle of print and digital projects
from design development to finished product on-time delivery,
including working directly with clients and external vendors on
project specifications and production.
- Collaborate with Advancement and External Affairs teams to
create a consistent and aligned approach to promoting the
University’s academic programs, services and events.
- Stay up-to-date on industry best practices in omni-channel
marketing as well as changes in modern best practices and new
opportunities to provide partner delight.
- Develop and maintain relationships with service providers (i.e.
printers, outside designers, product providers).
- Ensure employees have access to the equipment, resources and
information needed to do their work effectively and
- Serve as a trusted leader and advisor to senior leadership and
possess the ability to listen, communicate, and collaborate
effectively with diverse stakeholders.
- Maintain relevant and current knowledge of the higher education
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
About Syracuse University
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with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an
undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York
State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,
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a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student
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