Director of University Relations Search

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to discover and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek a Director of University Relations who will elevate the UNI vision, mission and strategic plan through leading a collaborative effort that provides vision and leadership in creating a comprehensive branding, marketing, and public relations strategy.

The director ensures the quality and consistency of and adherence to the university's brand and strategic plan when developing and overseeing marketing and public relations initiatives. The director participates in the development of materials for and the oversight of UNI’s Customer Relationship Management System. The director serves as the primary daily contact for brand awareness and strategy, issues management, and media relations, acts as the university spokesperson, and maintains relationships with key local, regional and national media. The success of this position ultimately depends on an ability to develop strong relationships, especially in the areas of enrollment marketing and recruitment. The director is responsible for leading the Office of University Relations and reports to the President.


Candidate CV's/On-Campus Interview Information

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Search Committee:

  • Sarah Parsons, Director of Advancement Communications, University Advancement

  • Nathan Christensen, Assistant Athletic Director for Development, UNI Athletics

  • Matt Kroeger, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Enrollment Management

  • Matthew Wilson, Instructor of Marketing, College of Business

  • Gwenne Berry, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President

  • Annie Karr, Assistant Director for Marketing and Conferences, Residence Marketing

  • Jared Girres, Senior, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Lindsay Cunningham, Public Relations Manager, University Relations

  • Jess Betts, Marketing Specialist, University Relations

  • Jim Wohlpart, Provost, Chair