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Associate Director, CEAS Communications and Marketing

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) encourages applications for an Associate Director for CEAS Communications and Marketing ! This position is a leadership position on the Communication and Marketing team that supervises four communications specialists, maintains a high-performance team and guides the development of communications and marketing plans to advance unit priorities. As a senior member of the team, this role contributes communications and marketing leadership and support for unit, college and campus priorities. As the primary liaison to Advancement, this position facilitates communications in support of alumni engagement and fundraising priorities.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, CEAS at CU Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

The college’s mission is to generate new knowledge in engineering and related fields, and to equip students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and citizens responsible for the betterment of individuals and society. Our vision is to be a recognized world leader for excellence and innovation in engineering research and education, with an emphasis on inclusive excellence, active learning and global society.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Unit Communications Management

Build and maintain a high-performance team that provides high-quality critical communications and marketing support to departments, programs and units across the college.
  • Collaborate with unit communicators in partnership with unit leadership to develop marketing and communications plans that align with college and university priorities in four critical areas: reputation, recruitment, retention/engagement and advancement. Collaborate with relevant campus teams for planning and implementation.
  • Establish standards for levels of support for departments, programs and units. Ensure the sharing of information and ideas across units.
  • Provide editing and writing support for unit communicators. Ensure communicators are consistent and coordinated in alignment with university branding guidelines and AP Style.
  • Maintain consistent communication with direct reports to provide guidance, share information and be a sounding board for brainstorming and problem solving.
  • Coach and mentor communicators to do their best work and maintain job satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with unit communicators to establish annual goals to ensure professional development.
  • Regularly evaluate communicator portfolios and workloads to ensure balance across communicators and units.

College Communications

Provide communications and marketing leadership and support for units, unit/college leadership and college priorities.
  • Act as the primary communications and marketing contact for select units. Develop unit subject matter expertise and attend relevant meetings.
  • Provide communications and marketing support, including campaign plans, digital newsletters, stories, web updates and marketing content.
  • Contribute to the development of leadership communications. Write, edit, prepare and distribute messages from the dean, associate and assistant deans and college leaders.
  • Contribute to major roll-outs of campus and college initiatives related to strategic priorities.
  • As a senior member of the team, contribute to issues management and the development of dashboards, guidelines, systems and procedures to clarify and improve teamwork and report out on progress.
  • Collaborate with college leadership to promote college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across all platforms, communications and audiences.

Advancement Communications

Serve as the primary liaison for the college Advancement team (alumni and donor engagement).
  • Collaborate with the college Assistant Dean of Advancement, the college Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and their teams to develop content promoting alumni successes, alumni engagement opportunities, donor and foundation initiatives and industry partnerships.
  • Write and edit content and materials to support alumni and donor relations. Maintain positive, professional relationships with alumni and donors.
  • Lead the communications and marketing team in developing strategies to support alumni and donor engagement across the college.
What You Should Know

This position is a hybrid position that is expected to be on campus and will have some remote flexibility.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $80,000 - $87,000. Relocation assistance is available for this position.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field.
  • Five or more years of increasingly responsible professional experience in communications, marketing, journalism or related fields including two years of supervisory or management experience of full-time professional level employees. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
What You Will Need
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, collaborative and participative team building skills, effective and respectful interpersonal communication and a commitment to integrity, quality and service.
  • Independent problem solver with the ability to take ownership of projects, understand constituent needs, think strategically in the moment and engage others to resolve issues; work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and complete multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Full accountability for meeting goals and objectives independently with minimum direction.
  • Tact, discretion, and experience handling confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and trusting working relationships with faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Ability to adhere to the team values of integrity, collaboration, high quality, innovation and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion that translates to inclusive communications and marketing in support of the ongoing development of a vibrant, culturally diverse and inclusive learning community.
  • Extensive skills and experience working with MS Office, Google Suite and Adobe Creative Suite products, publishing and web software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and presentation abilities.
  • Strong project management skills and cross-functional project team experience.
  • Ability to manage and analyze data and present numerical data effectively.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a journalism, communications, public relations, marketing or closely related field.
  • Seven or more years of extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience in professional communications roles.
  • Supervisory/leadership experience, including team-oriented management and a demonstrated ability to build consensus among diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a broad spectrum of marketing and communications media, including print, social media, web and other digital technologies.
  • Seven or more years of extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience in professional communications roles.
  • Experience and skill successfully performing communication activities at a higher education institution or organization with similar institutional priorities and performance standards.
  • Experience developing web content and using analytics to inform web strategy and audience engagement.
  • Knowledge of graphic design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Familiarity with the engineering or technology business/operations environment.
  • Experience working with vendors.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 24, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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