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Director of Marketing and Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications

Oregon State University

Department: College of Ag Admin (AGA)

Appointment Type: Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience

Job Summary:

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

The Director of Marketing and Communications position serves as the chief marketing and communications officer for the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and reports directly to the Dean. The director leads marketing and communication strategies for CAS, and for the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

The Director is in regular communication and works collaboratively with executive and programmatic leaders within CAS. Responsibilities include developing and implementing short- and long-range marketing communication plans to ensure that responsive and effective communications are part of the College in all its operations. The Director participates in strategic planning efforts as part of the Dean's group and makes recommendations to executive management.

The Director collaborates with Extension and Forestry communicators to lead and coordinate communication strategies for the Statewide Public Services (Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Service, and Forest Research Lab). The Director also collaborates with University Relations and Marketing to support College-based communication needs. By being thoroughly familiar with the missions and goals of the College and of the University, the Director assures that messages from the College reflect the values and priorities of CAS and OSU.

The person in this position also serves as a brand manager, which includes collaborating with University Marketing to support, guide, and enforce brand management and serving as a trusted and accessible resource for CAS colleagues.

The Director is committed to enhancing diversity, fostering equity, and creating an inclusive community.

With over 3,000 students, 280 professorial faculty, and exceeding $160 million per year in expenditures, the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) is a complex organization. In addition to the main campus, CAS has faculty-located Branch Experiment Stations in 13 agroecozones across the state and Extension Faculty in each county. CAS is well known for its collaborations among state and federal agencies. Our researchers and Extension faculty work closely with agency partners in EPA, USDA ARS, USGS, US Forest Service, US Navy, USDOE, NIH, NOAA, NMFS, USFWS, as well as state agencies, local governments, and professional organizations. CAS supports faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Health, and the Chemistry, Microbiology, and Statistics departments in the College of Science.

Regional industries and commodity groups are also important partners. Oregon's remarkable agricultural diversity, with more than 220 commercial commodities, means that many commodity groups depend on OSU research and development to improve their varieties and expand their markets.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities

40% Strategic Marketing and Communications Leadership

• Develop, implement and create strategic marketing and communications plans and messages consistent with the strategies and values of the College and that are disseminated via various media to audiences including students, employees, stakeholders, collaborators, alumni and supporters, media and the public. Current outlets include Progress magazine, The Source newsletter, the College website, SMS messaging, email lists, social media accounts, and several targeted publications.
• Work collaboratively with Deans, Directors, OSU Government Relations, and Extension and Forestry communicators to develop coordinated, strategic communications for the Statewide Public Service Programs (Agriculture Experiment Station, Extension Service, and Forest Research Lab). This will require travel and driving to various locations across the state of Oregon.
• Collaborate with CAS’s student services team and OSU Foundation/OSU Alumni Association colleagues to support CAS goals and priorities related to student, alumni and donor engagement and stewardship.
• Ensure created marketing and communications content and messaging is compliant with OSU brand guidelines and CAS sub-brand guidelines.
• Ensure marketing and communication strategies, messaging, and content reflect and support OSU’s and CAS’s commitments to diversity, inclusion, and social justice as central to our mission.
• Serve as brand manager. This includes collaborating with University Relations and Marketing to support, guide, and enforce brand management and serve as a trusted and accessible resource for CAS colleagues. Collaborate with URM on brand audit activities. Participate in the OSU communicators’ network, including attending meetings and trainings.
• Assist the College with communicating contentious public issues. Crisis and public affairs communications are coordinated with the Vice President and Associate Vice President of University Relations and Marketing.
• Coordinate and consult on CAS-related news and media relations efforts with Extension Communications and OSU’s News and Research Communications teams.
• Manage the CAS website, CAS social media, and all digital communications.
• Prepare executive communications for the Dean, including speeches, talking points and written content.

25% Executive editor

• Serve as executive editor and project leader for “,” the College’s award-winning magazine, published digitally and in print.
• Lead creation and production of the magazine content and associated materials in multiple media for multiple purposes.

20% Marketing and Communications team leadership and management

• Oversee daily work of Marketing and Communications team.
• Supervise team members, including conducting annual performance reviews and improvement plans and supporting professional development.
• Manage allocated personnel and operations budgets.
• Oversee marketing plan for “,” a brand of food products created by CAS students under the guidance of world-renowned experts in agricultural sciences.

10% Teaching

• Teach 1 Agricultural Science and Natural Resource Communications (ASNRC) course annually in support of the ag communications curriculum in Agricultural Education/Agricultural Science. Course assignment will be made in consultation with the Department Head.

5% Other duties as assigned

What You Will Need

Master’s degree and three years of professional experience in managing communications and marketing functions.
Professional experience that provides strong evidence of ability to develop, implement and evaluate marketing and communication strategies in support of organizational goals or priorities.
Experience working effectively with colleagues across units and levels of an organization.
Experience managing personnel, budgets and projects/workflows.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changes and advances in marketing and communication trends, tools and technologies.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have

Advanced degree, continuing education or professional credentials in communication, marketing, journalism, public relations, leadership or related field.

Experience working in the context of public higher education.

Familiarity with the role of land-grant universities.

Familiarity with the agriculture and natural resource sectors.

Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching in credit, noncredit, or professional contexts.
Experience related to stakeholder, alumni or donor engagement and stewardship.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Work is primarily on-site on the OSU campus in Corvallis, OR. Remote work may be possible, as agreed on between the employee and supervisor, typically only one day per week. This position cannot be done fully remotely.

Position requires occasional non-standard hours and statewide travel to support CAS-sponsored and associated events that occur across the state.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by May 13, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Oregon State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences are Please describe what you see as the role of marketing and communications in this work, and how you would contribute to that through this leadership position. (Upload as Diversity Statement)

Please prepare application materials to show how you meet minimum and preferred requirements.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: | Jennifer Alexander

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our website including the section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at

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