Director of Marketing & Strategic Communications

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Job Summary

The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications leads the college’s marketing and communications effort to convey, internally and externally, the mission, vision, values and impact of the college and its mission areas of instruction, research and extension. The director provides strategic leadership, counsel and assistance to college leadership, department heads, extension and regional staff in areas of public relations, marketing, digital strategy and serves as the spokesperson for the organization. This position is a member of the senior leadership and external affairs teams and directs all aspects of the organization’s marketing and communication efforts, stewardship of the brand and development of messages that improve awareness and reputation of programs and initiatives for the college, extension and the experiment station. This includes developing with the ag communications unit initiatives for marketing, digital, social, media, web publications and electronic mail. The director will lead and manage the unit to ensure the highest degree of quality, consistency, integrity and effectiveness for meeting team goals and action plans. The director will demonstrate extraordinary leadership, strategic vision with innovation, creative energy and collaborative spirit.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Management and organizational skills, leadership, initiative and innovative thinking, strategic planning and budgeting, marketing and communications, strong knowledge of brand management and brand messaging to advance college priorities, familiarity with marketing and communication design tools and digital platforms
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
10 Years
Deadline to Apply 11/30/2022