Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Dawson Community College
Job Description
Join the awesome team at Dawson Community College! Dawson Community College is nestled in the hills of Eastern Montana on 312 acres between the banks of the Yellowstone River, Makoshika State Park, and an endless blue sky. Dawson was established in 1940 and employs over 70 full and part-time staff and faculty.

The Director of Marketing & Public Relations supports the mission and strategic direction of the College, overseeing its marketing, advertising, public relations and web presence. The Director provides overall strategic leadership and direction to the College, as well as external advertising/marketing agencies to build the College’s image and brand identity and support recruitment and retention efforts. This position ensures quality and consistency of messaging across all media and target audiences.

 ·         Provide advice and direction to the College regarding present and potential public relations concerns and or opportunities to expand community engagement. Assist with the expansion of cooperative partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.
  • Serve as DCC’s brand ambassador, representing our brand positively, in a multitude of settings, through face-to-face interactions, at formal events, or one-on-one communication with DCC stakeholders.
  • Serve to lead and to expand marketing efforts for coverage of all enrollment team activities, college events by utilizing social media newspaper advertisement, radio and television with the purpose of reaching enrollment goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the Human Resources office to recruit new employees by ensuring our web page, position descriptions, advertisements, etc. conform to DCC marketing strategy.
  • Coordinate and direct all college marketing and community promotional activities to best represent the college to a variety of audiences in an effort to maintain and/or increase student enrollment. Determine the appropriate mix of all media to promote and represent the College; direct and coordinate mass media advertising for the college, such as digital media, print, radio, Movie Theater, television, direct mail, Bill Boards, marketing sponsorships at outside events and high schools, etc.
  • Play a leadership role in driving the effectiveness of all online initiatives, improve, monitor and update website, manage online communities, e-newsletters, e-mail broadcasts and web-based marketing activities. Manage ongoing optimization to ensure best-in-class organic and paid results.
  • Administer all social media marketing and advertising. Administration includes but is not limited to: 1) deliberate planning, strategy and goal setting 2) development of brand awareness and online reputation 3) content management 4) search engine optimization and generation of inbound traffic 5) cultivation of leads and sales 6) reputation management.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of marketing-related activities and events to ensure they are strategically driven.
  • Create, implement and measure the success of a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategic plan that enhances the College’s image and position within the marketplace and the general public.
  • Supervise and approve the editing and production and development of college publications and collateral materials, including but not limited to the catalog, course schedule, View Book, student handbook, posters and advertisements.
  • Direct the placement of advertising campaigns with the appropriate media.
  • Direct the development of innovative and creative content for publications and advertising campaigns to meet project timelines.
  • Act as the College’s representative with the media for institutional and board-related public relations. Write and disseminates news and press releases. Serve as the Public Information Officer in crisis situations. Acts in counsel with the College President on institutional issues in the media.
  • Direct and oversee all marketing and public relations activities, including Web marketing efforts and public relations, to ensure message consistency.
  • Direct quantitative and qualitative market research efforts to understand consumer perceptions of the College and its services.
  • Manage marketing budget and allocate funds to necessary projects.
  • Supervise and lead the Marketing & Public Relations initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Team of the College in developing strategic directions that ensure institutional effectiveness.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Creativity with strong strategic thinking skills.
  • Proven ability to build relationships, work with and lead others.
  • Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information and recommend courses of action to be taken.
  • Familiarity with current marketing business practices.
  • Proven ability to analyze competitive markets and develop effective strategies to maintain DCC’s competitive position.
  • Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications.
  • Technology skills including word processing, desk top publishing, PowerPoint.
  • Analytical ability to interpret sensitive issues affecting DCC.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Experience Required:  
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of direct experience in marketing management, advertising, marketing communications or public relations or a combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in writing for a wide array of digital communications, including the web, social media, and mass email; is current with best practices using these types of media.
  • Brand-building experience
  • Developing and implementing marketing and public relations plans working with external marketing and advertising agencies and resources
  • Experience with publications and desktop publishing (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In Design and/or Quark Xpress) desired
  • Master’s degree
  • Five Years experience
  • Completed Dawson Community College application found at
  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of college transcripts (original transcripts required, if hired)
  • Three professional references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).
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