Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for KUEC & SPS - 22731BR

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for KUEC & SPS

Marketing Communications
Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

Marketing and communications are vital to the ongoing success of the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) and School of Professional Studies (SPS). They connect the opportunities afforded by KUEC and SPS to the people who can benefit from them, whether those are potential students, current staff and faculty, or others. KUEC is located in Overland Park, Kansas and is home to SPS. These two units of the University of Kansas (KU) share common leadership, missions and goals. The associate director for marketing & communications supports these units achieving their strategic and operational goals by sharing information with, and at times persuading, various audiences. This role is within the KU Marketing unit, the university’s central marketing team. This role will embed with KUEC and SPS to simultaneously act as KU Marketing’s representative to KUEC and SPS and as KUEC and SPS’s representative to KU Marketing. The associate director will work closely with the dean of KUEC and SPS and on that position’s objectives.

This role is an individual contributor expected to produce some communications. In particular, this role will use the benefits of its immersion in KUEC and SPS to write different types of communications for different audiences. By attending meetings, working on projects and other interactions with KUEC and SPS leaders and team members, the person in this role will develop and leverage a deep knowledge of KUEC and SPS to create strategies, manage recurring work and personally produce communications. As such, the person in the role must be a strong writer. Personal work products will include external mass emails, internal mass emails, blog posts, news releases, social media posts, executive talking points, event invitations, web page content, reports, and more. The associate director will create and distribute some mass emails (such as newsletters) through a marketing automation system and using templates, and the person will publish web content through a content management system. Audiences to which this position will communicate (primarily through written communications) include prospective students, current students, prospective employees, current staff and faculty, public officials, industry representatives, higher education leaders within and beyond KU, donors, the general public and others.

The associate director of marketing & communications for KUEC & SPS will have operational budget management responsibility. The person must ensure funds are being invested as intended and within the established constraints. The person must also manage the labor budget (measured in hours) as they access KU Marketing human resources for project work. The associate director of marketing & communications for KUEC and SPS will be supported by one or more people who assist with budget management.

With the assistance of analysts and other team members, the associate director of marketing & communications for KUEC and SPS will report the results of the marketing and communications work performed. That will include tactical measures (e.g., reach, opens, clicks, shares, media pick-ups, etc.) and strategic measures (e.g., new leads, lead sources, lead conversion rate, ROI, A/B test results, etc.). The associate director of marketing & communications may also be involved in market research, such as new program exploration and competitive analyses, leveraging KU Marketing tools and personnel as needed.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community.

Job Description

20% - Serves as the liaison between the Edwards Campus, School of Professional Studies and KU Marketing team. This includes providing information for and input on specific marketing campaigns and ongoing marketing efforts as well as reporting outcomes of marketing to share with stakeholders. This role will help set marketing strategy in consultation with other KU Marketing, KUEC and SPS leaders. This role will review marketing materials developed by other members of KU Marketing on behalf of KUEC and SPS and facilitate reviews of such materials with the proper people within KUEC and SPS.

20% - Writes content for external communications such as persuasive emails, blog posts, event invitations, webpages, press releases, social media, and executive speeches.

20% - Writes content for internal distribution such as informational emails, newsletters and internal-facing webpages.

10% - Participates in the delivery of content such as creating newsletters, populating and editing webpages, building mass emails, publishing social media, distributing media releases and other similar tactics.

10% - Advises the dean and other leaders of the Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies on marketing and communication matters. This includes participating in meetings and projects with leaders from the Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies.

5% - As needed, serves as the media contact for KUEC and SPS, and serves a central role in the campus closure and crisis communications plans.

5% - Manages the budget for direct expenses and labor hours with the support of others.

5% - Assists as needed with measuring the reach and impact of communications, reporting those findings to stakeholders, and transferring those learnings to actionable strategies based on those insights.

5% - Other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. This position is hybrid with work performed at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas and some work performed remotely. Occasional trips to the KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas and other locations in the Kansas City metro area will also be necessary.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Marketing or closely related discipline PLUS five (5) years of professional experience.
  2. Experience in blogging, social media platforms, newsletters, media relations and/or digital marketing.
  3. Experience with copywriting and copyediting.
  4. Experience managing a marketing budget.
  5. Experience serving as a liaison between units and/or departments.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's Degree in marketing, communications, business, journalism, PR.
  2. Strong public speaking / presentation skills.
  3. Demonstrated success working effectively and efficiently across multiple product lines serving varied audiences, such as at a design/ad/marketing/PR agency.
  4. Experience with web content management tools, such as Drupal or Wordpress.
  5. Experience with Hubspot or another widely used, enterprise-class CRM system.
  6. Prior work experience requiring strong time-management and organizational skills.
  7. Experience with digital marketing concepts and practices.

Additional Candidate Instructions

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:
  1. A cover letter (addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met)
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Three (3) writing samples, preferably one of each of the following: external promotional copy (such as a mass email or webpage), informational copy (such as an internal or transactional email), and one piece of longform copy such as a blog post or media release.
Application review begins Monday, August 15, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Chris Gregory,

Advertised Salary Range

67,000 – 72,000, with final determination commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

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Marketing Communications
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Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
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