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Associate Director of Marketing and Communications - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Posted Date
Apr 21, 2023

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school of international studies that prepares students for careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The School offers seven masters degrees and two undergraduate degrees and houses several research centers and institutes. Our masters programs are ranked 14th in the world by Foreign Policy magazine and provide students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world. The Korbel School is a mission-driven institution. Through our teaching, research and direct engagement we are taking on the great challenges of our time: making the global economy more equitable and inclusive, responding to new and emerging security threats, advancing human rights and social justice, combating climate change, and promoting healthy democracy.

Position Summary

The Associate Director for Marketing & Communications is responsible for executing the Korbel School's marketing and communications strategy, telling the School's story to prospective and current students, alums, institutional partners, and other stakeholders. This includes communications across all media, including but not limited to the Korbel Schools website, paid media, media relations, internal and external newsletters, and crisis communications.

This position will supervise the Communications Manager and student employees.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Dean for Marketing, Communications, and Student Recruitment on the design and execution of recruitment-based marketing campaigns
  • Manage the relationship between the Korbel School and any external marketing and communications consultants and vendors
  • Communicate and promote Korbel events
  • Develop and execute a social media plan and objectives designed to enhance the School's visibility
  • Act as the primary lead on creating captivating stories, features, and shorter pieces for the School's website, traditional media, and social media platforms
  • Design and deliver a comprehensive internal communications strategy that provides Korbel constituents with a clear understanding of progress toward goals
  • Oversee and manage the School website, using the site to achieve strategic marketing and communication goals.
  • Oversee branding efforts for the School and its adherence to DU's Marketing and Communications guidelines, including the usage and development of logos
  • Produce a Korbel School annual report
  • Produce print and other marketing materials for graduate recruitment
  • Advise the deans on communications to various constituencies

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grammatical, editing, and proofreading abilities
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to build consensus, prioritize and work well with a variety of personalities and with different constituencies
  • Ability to strategize and maximize efficiency with limited staff and resources

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in marketing, communications, or a related field
  • 5+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and media relations
  • Experience in the design, development, and implementation of educational marketing campaigns.
  • Project management experience with sophisticated marketing and communications campaigns
  • Experience with online content management
  • Experience with digital communications and marketing
  • Experience with ad placement and analytics
  • Experience working with media outlets and developing relationships with third parties
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in marketing, communications, or a related field
  • Advanced skills in Drupal CMS platform
  • Experience creating and executing a successful strategic communications effort
  • Communications/marketing experience in higher education

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work hours may vary.

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) May 31, 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 11.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000.

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:

  • Resume
  • 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, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans 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; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; 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; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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