The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) ( http://www.aces.edu/www.aces.edu) seeks a Director of Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Client Relations to serve as a dynamic communicator, strategic collaborator, and member of the ACES Leadership team to execute strategy across the state of Alabama. The position will provide overall leadership and vision for managing and directing the newly organized Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Client Relations Department within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
The Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Client Relations Department is responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies designed to enhance and support ACES strategic goals through the promotion of extension programs. Balancing strategic priorities with internal capacity, the team provides both internal production services as well as consultation for external production services.
This collaborative leader will develop new structures, processes, and practices to enable, train and encourage the team to work together to provide multi-channel communications strategy, creative services and delivery that effectively brings awareness to target audiences. The incumbent will lead a team that leverages an integrated communications approach that incorporates digital and print storytelling, public relations, marketing, graphic design and brand management expertise. Integral components of this leadership role include building and promoting brand awareness and providing efficient communications, marketing, design, editorial, digital, and web services that broaden Extension’s reach in providing innovative solutions for our clients.
This position works closely with the System Administrative Team and System Program Team that highly values cutting-edge innovation in marketing, communications, and client relations.
EXTENSION: The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the outreach organization for the land grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. Its educational programs grow from these two land grant university campuses to serve the people of Alabama. Science-based educational programs are delivered that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. Information and programs are available online or in person through all 67 County Extension Offices and at teaching sites throughout Alabama communities. For more information, please see https://www.aces.edu/https://www.aces.edu/.
UNIVERSITY: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, it was ranked 44th among public universities by US News and World Report. Auburn, an R1 institution, maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,730 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,643 instructional faculty members-87% of whom are employed full-time-offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.
Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community with a 2020 population of 76,143, a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of more than 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers. For more information, please see http://www.auburn.edu/http://www.auburn.edu/.At Auburn, our work changes lives. Learn more about Auburn’s impact, as well as generous employee benefits and opportunities by visiting http://aub.ie/working-at-auburnaub.ie/working-at-auburn