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Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy

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Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking a Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy to join our team!

Summary: We’re a small team full of big thinkers, and we’re looking for someone who can connect people and ideas to bring the Earlham story to life in vivid and novel ways. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with a record of success in planning and executing marketing and creative campaigns that inspire audiences to take action. With an ambitious eight-year plan to grow our enrollment and secure the College’s financial sustainability, admissions and institutional advancement are our main areas of focus. That said, our central marketing and communications team is responsible for marketing strategies and creative work that support and elevate Earlham’s executive communications, events, media and community relations, and academic and co-curricular initiatives such as our signature Epic Journey program.

Since 1847, Earlham has inspired students to use their work and their lives to change the world — For Good. Earlham is a global community with a shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The College’s ideals of integrity, respect for persons, and community inform every aspect of our work. Our team and our campus are uncommonly collaborative, and strong relationships are central to our success. We are the stewards of Earlham’s brand and public image, and we understand that our work comes with great responsibility. With that in mind, our team has a shared commitment to excellence and we hold our work to the highest standards — for us, good enough is never good enough.

If it sounds like Earlham is the ideal place to grow and thrive in your career, that’s because it is

Essential Functions:
  • Lead an integrated approach to marketing and creative that spans from ideation and planning to tactical execution, measurement and refinement.
  • Work with colleagues in Admission, Advancement, Student Life, Academic Affairs, Athletics, and the Earlham School of Religion to identify opportunities for growth and synergy, build and execute divisional plans that reflect institutional priorities, and ensure that work is effective, on-budget and timely.
  • Exemplify a commitment to excellence and uphold the highest standards for creative work — in this team, good enough simply isn’t.
  • Provide creative direction across a variety of media (including graphic design, written marketing content and video) grounded in Earlham’s brand expression.
  • Prioritize communication and client service, ensuring that the work the creative team produces meets or exceeds the expectations of our campus partners.
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation, possibility and excellence reflecting best practices across and outside of higher education.
  • Use market research and performance analytics to make informed recommendations and decisions on everything from marketing tactics to program development.
  • Define strategy and lead the execution of tactics across digital and traditional/print media to drive engagement and inspire action among a variety of audiences.
  • Oversee, track and report on performance of earned and paid media efforts — both digital and traditional.
  • Oversee agency partnerships and freelance/contract work.
  • Identify opportunities to highlight students, alumni, faculty and other members of the Earlham community who embody the For Good brand.
  • Foster understanding of, enthusiasm for, and use of the For Good brand among campus constituents.
  • Serve as a key leader and mentor in the Office of Marketing and Communications by championing the team’s work, modeling and implementing best practices, and identifying opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • Ensure that the work produced by the marketing and creative team reflects and celebrates the diversity of the Earlham community.
Scope of responsibility:

Working with the full support of the marketing and creative team, the scope of the Director/Senior Director for Marketing and Creative’s work includes the following:

Strategy and planning: Work with the Marketing and Communications team and external partners to identify strategic goals; develop, map out and execute marketing plans and/or communications flows; and determine appropriate performance metrics.

Creative direction: Develop a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the For Good brand and how it applies to different audiences. Provide clear and effective direction to the creative team that aligns with the goals and expectations of campus partners.

Client services: Develop a deep understanding of the College’s priorities and the people who are charged with driving them forward. Build strong relationships and maintain regular and open communication with key campus partners, ensuring that our collaborative work delivers results and inspires trust and confidence.

Analytics and reporting: Identify KPIs and establish benchmarks (industry standards and/or past performance) for paid media performance, organic social media performance, email marketing, and earned media initiatives. Prepare monthly and quarterly reports to be shared with key stakeholders, including the Vice President for Marketing and Communications, the President, the Board of Trustees, and donors who fund marketing initiatives. Use analytics to inform future tactics.

Leadership and management: Lead a team of three direct reports in a way that is proactive, relationship-focused and grounded in individual and collective strengths. Oversee marketing and creative operations to ensure high-quality, effective and timely work from staff and vendors.

Marketing and creative expertise: Establish and maintain best practices in: the development and implementation of communications flows for admissions, advancement and other campus partners; the management and assessment of digital marketing and other paid media campaigns; the implementation and evaluation of SEO strategy and content development on the Earlham and Earlham School of Religion websites; the management of Earlham’s social media channels; and occasional internal communications initiatives.

Brand stewardship: Ensure that all external-facing collateral and campaigns reflect the For Good brand. Engage campus partners in workshops and conversations about how and why branding matters. Keep the campus community and alumni informed about marketing and communications initiatives, particularly as they relate to enrollment.

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, graphic design, public relations, journalism or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in marketing, communications or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience (those with more comprehensive experience will be considered for the senior director role).
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment of leading high performing teams.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in executing marketing strategies to that inspire audiences to take action, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creative work of the highest quality (either through your own work or direct management of an agency or vendor partner).
  • Demonstrated experience and success in integrated marketing, including traditional and digital advertising strategies, direct marketing, email marketing and CRM.
  • Experience in research-based and data-driven decision-making.
  • An appreciation for collaboration, consensus-building and the liberal arts, all of which are highly valued on Earlham’s campus.
  • Ability to collaborate and build understanding across diverse functional areas, perspectives and points of view.
  • Exemplary writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A relentless attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse environment and fostering a culture of inclusion and equity.
  • Be a positive example and resource to all Earlham Students
Benefits Working at Earlham:
  • 2024 Earlham Employee Benefits Guide
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance*
  • Company paid Long-Term Disability after 1 year of full-time service*
  • Basic and Voluntary Life insurance*
  • Employee Assistance Program*
  • Campus Store Discount
  • Free ticket vouchers for Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Wellness Center Free Membership or Discount for eligible employees
  • Athletic Games-Free entry to all home games Earlham Athletics
  • Free entry into most Theatre/Music shows
  • Tuition Benefits for Immediate Family for eligible employees*
  • 403(b) Retirement* – For eligible employees, Earlham will contribute a non-elective contribution equal to 5% of gross pay after 2 years of service. After 3 years of service, this non-elective contribution increases to 8%. Vesting credit is available for new employees with previous service in the education sector with required documentation.
  • Many Wayne County Chamber of Commerce member businesses offer discounts to anyone with an Earlham ID
*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This position is an in-person role with the option of one hybrid/WFH day a week

To Apply
  • Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal
  • Cover letter - Please address your thinking and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position.
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with Contact Information
Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham's Work Authorization Policy

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


Earlham College

Founded in 1847, Earlham College is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college that aspires to change lives for good. Our community is shaped by the perspectives and values of the Religious Society of Friends—commonly known as Quakers—but you don’t have to be Quaker to work or study here. (In fact, most of us aren’t!) Instead, our community comes together around our shared Principles and Practices: respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity, and community. Through our common understanding of these values and our shared governance structure, each member of the Earlham community is encouraged to participate fully, applying their personal expertise and experience to moving the College forward.

Earlham welcomes a broadly diverse student body, faculty and staff to its campus.

With a quarter of our students identifying as domestic minorities and another 20 percent coming to Earlham from homes outside the United States, our classrooms, clubs and activities benefit from the wide variety of perspectives and experiences our students bring.

Our 800-acre campus is nestled in the heart of Richmond, Indiana. Richmond and Earlham share a mutually beneficial connection, and our location allows for the best of both worlds—big city amenities aren’t far away, and outdoor activities abound.

We’re delighted that you’re interested in joining the Earlham community and look forward to learning more about you through the application process.

The health and financial security of you and your family is important to us. Earlham College is proud to offer you competitive, comprehensive benefits that enhance the lives of you and your family. These benefits are intended to protect your well-being and financial health. You have the flexibility to select the plans that best meet your needs and the opportunity to elect additional benefits that protect you and your family and balance your life outside of work.

Oh, and by the way—it’s pronounced “Ur-luhm”!


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