Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Penn State Alumni Association
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Alumni Association is seeking an Executive Director of Marketing and Communications to provide leadership and strategic oversight for its marketing, communications, branding, publications, and public relations activities. This position reports to the CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association and will also serve as a key adviser to Alumni Association leadership when crisis communications or public relations issues arise. The Executive Director is responsible for the creation, implementation, and oversight of the Alumni Association’s long- and short-range marketing and communications plan. This position will lead and direct a team of 13 professionals responsible for content development, design, production, and dissemination of the Alumni Association's print and digital materials, which include newsletters, event invitations, news releases, development materials, social media, advertisements, and video. This position will have the leading role in determining how the Alumni Association will communicate and position itself to internal and external audiences. The Executive Director will also oversee the content and functionality of the Alumni Association's web and social media sites. This position also provides leadership and serves as a staff liaison to a committee of the Alumni Council. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in marketing in a higher education and/or industry setting preferred. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. The candidate must demonstrate a genuine appreciation for working with, and communicating to, diverse audiences and must be able to act independently as well as a member of a management team in all aspects of running an administrative unit. The Executive Director of Marketing and Communications must have an ability to understand how to use traditional forms of communication (i.e. print material) and new media techniques to promote the Alumni Association to a wide and diverse audience. Qualified candidates must possess a superior understanding of technology, strong communication and writing skills, strong relationship-building skills, and will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088