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Director of Marketing and Communications, Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER)

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through * .

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) invites applications for a Director of Marketing and Communications to join their team.

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Organizing and directing the operations of the marketing of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research
  • Producing the electronic and print publications of the BBER
  • Working collaboratively with the leadership, the research professionals, and the staff of the BBER to create the messaging and the marketing strategy for BBER research products, including our public events, publications, newsletters, research monographs and other forms of professional engagement
  • Representing the BBER in a wide variety of local, state, and national venues
  • Responsible for the visibility, effectiveness, and professionalism of the BBER’s print and online publications
  • Creating, developing, and publishing content for the BBER’s websites
  • Copyediting and proofreading all web content and research reports
  • Developing, designing, managing, and producing all Bureau publications and promotional material, including both print and electronic media
  • Serving as managing editor of the Montana Business Quarterly (MBQ), the BBER’s award-winning magazine
  • Working with the Event Planning Contractor to ensure that the BBER’s public events, most notably its long-running Economic Outlook Seminars conducted in the winter of each year in cities across the state, are successful
  • Maintaining databases associated with BBER events and publications to inform and evaluate outreach and marketing strategies
  • Serving as the point of contact between the BBER and the electronic and print media
  • Continuing to innovate and grow the audience for BBER’s social media channels as a means of expanding the visibility of its research and expertise
This position requires the incumbent to develop a working knowledge of Montana media organizations and contacts; develop a working knowledge of University printing and publishing practices and procedure guidelines, as well as UM policies and procedures regarding payments and financial record-keeping; and develop a sound knowledge of BBER research and capabilities to inform the external audience.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program
  • Salary for this position is $58,000 - $62,000 per year commensurate with qualifications
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field
  • Three (3) years of related work experience in marketing and communications
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing, AP style editing, graphic design, and printing production principles and practices
  • Experience and proficiency communicating research findings.
  • The ability to write and communicate technical and nontechnical information verbally in a clear and engaging way.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with written and verbal communication, social media, Adobe Creative Suite packages, content management systems, database systems, and other relevant software
  • Exceptional writing skills under tight deadlines
  • Extensive experience in formulating, conducting, and managing marketing initiatives, both individually and in collaboration with others
  • Experience juggling multiple assignments and internal clients
  • A demonstrated record of creativity and success in graphic design
  • A strong commitment to quality and consistency to support and deliver products and services that meet the BBER’s standards
Preferred Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of experience in a decision-making role in marketing and communications
  • Broad knowledge of business and the Montana economy
  • Expertise in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Wordpress, Excel, PowerPoint and other media production and graphic design software
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Montana media organizations and contacts
  • Proficiency in web design and graphic design programs, including content management platforms
About BBER and UM

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) has been providing information about Montana’s state and local economies for more than 70 years. Housed on the campus of the University of Montana-Missoula, the Bureau is the research and public service branch of the School of Business Administration. On an ongoing basis, the Bureau analyzes local, state, and national economies; provides annual income, employment and population forecasts; conducts extensive research on forest products, manufacturing, health care; designs and conducts comprehensive survey research at its on-site call center; presents annual economic outlook seminars in cities throughout Montana; and publishes the award-winning Montana Business Quarterly.

Nestled in at the base of Mount Sentinel and on the banks of the Clark Fork River, UM campus is described as one of the most beautiful in the US. The region boasts unparalleled year around recreational opportunities and a vibrant arts and culture community. UM offers a unique opportunity for professional growth in a magnificent environment. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Extended Priority Application Date: Open Until Filled by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Extended Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button directly through the UM Jobs website to ensure your complete application is received.

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  4. Portfolio of Work – three to five (3-5) examples (copies of work or document with links to websites) of your best work

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through * .

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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