Utah State University

Director of PR and Marketing

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/10/2023 5:37 PM)
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Marketing & PR
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Benefited Full-Time
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Dean-EEJ Coll of Educ & Human Svs
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.
Telework Eligible


This position is responsible for producing compelling content that strategically communicates the goals and vision of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (EEJCEHS). The Director of PR and Marketing (Public Relations Specialist III) reports directly to the Dean of EEJCEHS and will (1) strategically lead and advocate for communicating the goals and successes of EEJCEHS to the University, the state, the nation, and the world; and (2) effectively supervise the EEJCEHS Public Relations and Marketing team on creative communication projects. Applicant must have a flexible work schedule for projects that go beyond the typical workday.


This position is eligible for excellent benefits including: 13 paid holidays, earn 12 days of paid leave and 12 days of sick leave per year, 50% tuition reduction for employee and spouse, competitive health benefits packages and a generous contribution into your retirement. View more information here: Summary of Benefits 2022-2023


Job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. 


  • Strategizes external communication and branding through collaboration with college leadership, department heads, center directors, and faculty to create content in line with those strategies.
  • Researches, writes, edits, and develops electronic and printed recruitment and communication materials to enhance the image and reputation of faculty, programs, departments, and the college. Developed content may include press kits, feature stories, proposals, and public service announcements.
  • Works with researchers to correctly interpret and convey research findings for the media and public.
  • Directs and plans social media strategy and content.
  • Supervises PR Writing Assistant and Graphic Design Assistant.
  • Ensures that all electronic and printed CEHS materials are in compliance with both college and university branding, press, and social media policies.
  • Collaborates with PR and Marketing team to develop electronic, print, and web development materials for annual events (e.g., scholarship and awards dinner, impact reports for donors).
  • Works closely with University Marketing and Communications to cover CEHS events and to widely release and publicize articles of national or global interest.
  • Participates in UMAC-led strategic communications weekly and quarterly meetings.
  • Responds to the college’s emergency communication needs by creating appropriate public-facing information and materials.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, advertising, communication, or related field plus four years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication portfolio.
  • Experience working with a wide range of technology, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite products and managing data in complex databases.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  • Evidence of the ability to vary language, style and tone of messages depending on the audience and communication channel.
  • Evidence of basic understanding of writing for search engine optimizations (SEO) and social media.
  • Experience in public relations or marketing in higher education.
  • Experience with developing and managing image creation/photo shoots.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Knowledge of publishing procedures and requirements, including desktop publishing (e.g., Adobe Suite).
  • Ability to meet deadlines and have superior organization, time management, and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate media activities and promotional events.
  • Website/electronic media development skills.
  • Knowledge of journalism or public relations, marketing, and branding principles and techniques.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to read and interpret designs, specifications, and schematic drawings for the purpose of communications about building or renovation projects.
  • Ability to formulate and execute annual short and long-term marketing plans.
  • Ability to summarize and interpret facts and trends as they pertain to complicated academic materials.
  • Ability to move a project from concept to execution within established budgets and timelines.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile
  2. Cover letter describing your qualifications for this position to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under under "Documents 1-5 or 6-10", document type “Cover Letter”
  3. Two writing samples demonstrating the ability to adjust language style and tone to suit a particular audience, to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-5 or 6-10", document type “Writing Samples”
  4. Names and contact information for at least three professional references to be provided in the Candidate Profile
  5. Link to online portfolio should be included in resume or cover letter
  6. Be prepared to answer the following questions as part of your application:
    • Describe your experience working with a wide range of technology, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite products and managing data in complex databases.
    • If offered the position, when would you be available to start?

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provides students with real-world service and research opportunities. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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