Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications
UMKC’s Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications is
looking for a creative, collaborative leader to provide editorial
or creative vision for marketing and communications projects and
strategic oversight for projects developed by the creative team.
This position supervises staff, serves as a relationship manager
supporting several campus clients and is involved in production of
major university publications, both print and electronic, focused
on strategic initiatives, student affairs and success, fundraising
and community engagement.
The ideal candidate would have a passion for higher education and
be experienced in producing communications for internal and
external audiences across print, digital and visual mediums.
The job requires someone who can:
- Hire, train and develop staff and collaborate with creative
team leadership on process improvements.
- Juggle a variety of strategic projects, demonstrating ability
to move quickly on short-term needs while making progress on
- Demonstrate superb judgment, creative expertise and
- Serve as the primary liaison for several internal academic
units and affiliates, building positive relationships and providing
- Work with other relationship mangers to assess strategic fit of
project requests, assign projects to creative staff and reassign as
necessary to balance workload.
- Act as a backup for weekly production meetings and contribute
to strategy discussions for the department to improve efficiency
For this vacancy, there is the unique opportunity to either hold
the title of Manager or Assistant Director. Duties differ as
- Supervisor duties will be over one or more specializations.
Focus is primarily on leadership and the direction of executing of
short/long term projects.
- Collaboration with external/internal stakeholders and customers
- Experience should be heavier on past supervisory roles within
marketing, public relations and communications
- Supervisor duties will be over one specialization. Focus will
be primarily on overseeing and guiding the communications processes
- Majority of collaboration is more likely to be internal, may
work with external agencies/parties.
- Experience should be heavier on past subject matter skills and
experience within marketing, public relations and
This position reports directly to the Director of Creative
A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience, and at least 3 years of experience from which
comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
Full Time/Part Time
- Five to seven years of experience in publication management,
advertising and/or marketing.
- Demonstrated leadership in a team environment.
- Project management skills and experience at developing and
refining project processes.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud
software, especially InDesign a plus.
- Proficiency in AP style.
- Proven track record of producing high-quality content in a
variety of formats.
- Ability to think strategically about content needs across a
wide variety of projects and find opportunities to repurpose and
target content for maximum impact.
- Traits of a successful candidate: adaptability,
customer-oriented focus, strong organizational and
relationship-building skills, quick learner, team player,
innovative and a positive attitude
This is a full time, benefit eligible position.
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Position will remain open til filled
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter,
resume, and list of five references with contact information) into
one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume
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applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated
ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis
of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex,
pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
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disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If
you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or
functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative
Action at (816) 235-1323.
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UMKC Statement on Diversity
Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as
an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse
city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish,
Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and
Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our
thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and
the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which
is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the
Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum,
Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are
a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.
For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes
our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and
inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff,
students and community to position themselves as global citizens
who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity.
UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED)
Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity
and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching,
service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our
commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly
understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.
Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in
diversity, equity and inclusion .
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