Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

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Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a catalyst to prepare students to be a change agents in the world through impact, innovation and inspiration. We are seeking a dynamic and strategic thinker to assume the newly created position of Assistant Dean. A senior leader will provide vision for a college-wide marketing and communications strategy and branding. The assistant dean will continue efforts to reinvent the marketing and communications team while being a forward thinker introducing and evaluating new technologies and industry trends. Working collaboratively, the position will promote a culture of service, creativity, innovation and excellence. The position is a full-time, 12 month Academic Professional position.

The College of Applied Health Sciences has a remarkable record of leadership in science, instruction and engagement that promotes health, well-being, and quality of life. The three academic units of the College, Kinesiology and Community Health; Recreation Sport and Tourism; and Speech and Hearing Science, are highly ranked in national surveys. The College is home to the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), the unit that provides services for all UIUC students with disabilities and the Chez Veterans Center, the largest, most comprehensive facility of its kind in the United States, designed specifically as a one-stop-shop for veterans' and military-connected services.

The college has a very successful, integrated academic advising program, serving over 2,000 undergraduate students, and a new Academic Enrichment and Leadership program for first generation students and students from underrepresented groups. The College also houses the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability which provides leadership in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach efforts that promote health and wellness; healthy aging across the lifespan; healthy communities; and optimal participation of individuals with disabilities.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


  • Advise and guide the Dean and college leadership with respect to mission-critical, often sensitive topics and write, massage, and support messaging through efficient channels (often on a daily basis).
  • Lead college-level communications and marketing team, providing strategic vision and individualized professional guidance and development.
  • Work closely with departments and research units within the college to set and analyze measurable marketing goals driven by the new strategic plan.
  • Establish, foster, and grow strong networking and relationships throughout the college and across the campus and various media outlets.
  • Expand and improve consistent college-wide brand marketing and message strategy in alignment with campus-level strategies, including the expansion of marketing campaigns and communication materials includes digital outlets, magazines, reports, online visibility, print, interactive, video, social, and all other media.
  • Represent the college in campus-wide communication, marketing, and branding efforts, as well as manage media relations.
  • Explore, develop, and implement innovative marketing approaches that will be effective and have significant positive impact on the stature of the college.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in academia or industry.
  • Previous supervisory experience that includes leading staff and managing operations.


  • Advanced degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, or a closely related field.
  • At least five (5) years of experience managing a marketing and communications group.
  • At least three (3) years of experience within a large public university setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with both internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply market research data to strategic visioning and planning initiatives
  • Ability to promote and demonstrate enthusiasm in support of professional and career development for a team of highly talented professionals
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Strong skill in strategic planning, to organize effectively resources, establish priorities, and achieve desired results.
  • Thorough knowledge of current and emerging marketing trends and best practices, including new and emerging strategies and technologies.
  • Understands data and analytics and uses these insights to develop marketing campaigns and measure its effectiveness.
  • Ability to communicate complicated matters in a simple, structured way to senior management.

Environmental Demands:

Normal office environment. Movement between buildings required.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status and Start Date

This is a full-time (100%), 12 month Academic Professional appointment. The proposed start is as soon as possible after the closing date.


To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by 12/16/2021. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For more information about this position, applicants may contact AHS HR at

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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