Director of Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Client Relations – Auburn University

Auburn, AL• Full-Time • Bachelor's Degree Required

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

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

At Auburn, our work changes lives. Learn more about Auburn’s impact, as well as generous employee benefits and opportunities by visiting

Essential Functions


  • Direct the development, implementation and measurement of an integrated communications and marketing strategy to achieve ACES priorities.

  • Provide leadership and supervision for all operations and business/financial functions of the communications and marketing team.

  • Serve as a brand champion for ACES and our partnering universities and ensure consistency in tone and message across all marketing communications and initiatives by working collaboratively with colleagues in the Alabama A&M Extension Marketing and Communications Unit.

  • Develop and direct a comprehensive internal communications strategy to empower and engage faculty and staff to serve as champions for ACES by providing training and tools along with appropriately balanced latitude and oversight.

  • Lead the development of the ACES brand and craft strategic, data-driven marketing plans that advance the organizational priorities to raise the organizational profile and reputation.

  • Cultivate and maintain a collegial team-oriented and customer-focused culture that retains and attracts excellent talent.

  • Manages customer, stakeholder, and organization interactions through the implementation and integration of supporting technology platforms (e.g. Salesforce CRM) and processes in coordination with the ACES Information Technology Unit.

  • Works collaboratively with the ACES Information Technology Unit to enhance customer and business databases that support organizational goals and marketing strategy while ensuring compliance with federal regulations and university policies regarding subscription management, customer tracking requirements, and security.

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