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Director of Communications

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Renée Crown Wellness Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to promoting the mental health and wellness of children, youth and the families and educators who support them. Current key areas of research include the study of mindfulness, compassion, belonging, and agency. Our key research areas aim to address disparities in mental health, wellness, and education due to gender, race, ethnicity, linguistic diversity, geography, income, and other structural and systemic inequities.

We seek a Director of Communications who will lead our marketing and communications strategy and goals, and the development of communications assets. We seek someone with experience and expertise in storytelling, creative direction and design strategy. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Crown Institute’s research focuses on practices, programs, and policies that foster wellness among children and youth, families and caregivers, educators, and mental health and health providers. Scholars in multiple fields work together and in partnership with families, teachers, young people, and community members. The overall approach to the study of wellness in the Crown Institute foregrounds the importance of contextual factors and addresses disparities in access to health and education, such as those related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, or other forms of identity. Current areas of Crown Institute work include, but are not limited to, participatory action research, prevention and intervention research with young people, families, and educators including programs focused on mindfulness, compassion, and other contemplative and behavioral practices, and factors that support young people’s sense of belonging and agency in communities and schools. Future research may build upon existing areas of research in the Crown Institute or may explore new areas not currently represented. Our work seeks to recognize, value, and honor diverse approaches to wellness and the impact of racism and systems of oppression on social, emotional, and mental health. We acknowledge how traditional research and educational practices have perpetuated cycles of oppression and silenced voices; and core to our purpose as a research institute is re-imagining what research is through a lens of equity and justice and interdisciplinary, participatory, and community-based methods. Our leadership team brings together faculty from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Contribute to Strategy Development:

  • Collaborate with Associate Director and Director to establish communication goals, strategies, tactics and metrics that advance the mission of the Institute, inclusive studies and projects focusing on critical audiences.

Communications Plan Development:

  • Set tactics across all communication channels (e.g. CU Boulder platforms; Crown website, blog, social media and email newsletter; study websites and associated digital activities; traditional media; lectures and presentations), bringing to bear Crown activities (e.g. project launches, courses, events, annual reporting) and study activities (e.g. presentations, courses and related materials).

Drive Implementation and Evaluation of Plan:

  • Develop content and communications tools (copy and design) and manage the creative development and production of content by others (communication firms, freelance contributors) across all formats: print, digital, video, and environmental.
  • Set and track metrics for all communications activities using analytics for digital activities.

Hold Network of Relationships:

  • Maintain generative relationships with key partners including those driving the Institute’s studies, outreach and education, as well as the Strategic Relations Office, Office of Advancement Communications Department and peer institutions. Coordinate with the grant and finance team and supervise contracts with community partners, vendors, and other institutions, including ensuring approvals for internal CU system processes, and tracking invoices for contracts and revenue/expenses from events.


  • Supervise communications team members.

What You Should Know

  • This position will support a hybrid work modality including both remote and on-campus work hours.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range for this position is $75,000 - $95,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, or related field or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

Five years of professional experience including one or more of the following areas:

  • Writing and editing.
  • Marketing.
  • Public Relations.
  • Professional use of social media.
  • Experience working with both web and print-based media.
  • Google Analytics and other marketing measurement tools.
  • Project management experience including the ability to set and meet timelines and track project progress, communicating scheduling challenges during project management.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse group of communications teams, community partners and campus members in an academic setting.

What You Will Need

Alignment with Crown’s vision and mission:

  • Broad understanding of the importance of mental health, education, community engagement, and academic research environments.
  • Deep commitment to anti-racism that is reflected in communications and highlights our values around inclusion and equity.

Organizational skills:

  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Proactive planning with the ability to anticipate needs and see potential problems before they arise.
  • High attention to detail, including the ability to communicate accurately, and prepare and maintain detailed records, files, and reports on an ongoing basis.
  • Quickly learn new software packages and technologies to support communications.

Time management skills:

  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and set timelines, to attend to routine tasks, and be responsive and flexible to emerging needs and priorities.
  • Ability to thrive in a lively work environment that requires coordination of multiple activities and the judgment and flexibility to reprioritize to accommodate urgent needs.
  • Flexibility and the willingness to work with study team members to shape and prioritize duties, share responsibilities, and take on new challenges as the position evolves and develops.

Leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to thrive autonomously, seek support and direction, and work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to embody and model a high degree of professionalism and integrity in relationships and to handle critical and confidential issues.
  • Excellent communication skills and capacity to connect with poise.
  • Ability to encourage and support the expression of diverse viewpoints.
  • Ability to engage in candid and constructive dialogue on difficult topics.

Commitment to innovation:

  • Excellent judgment and analytical skills to identify problems and develop solutions effectively and proactively.
  • Skilled at identifying areas within the organization where efficiency and effectiveness can be improved as they relate to communications.
  • Ability to display initiative and introduce innovations to accelerate progress toward strategic vision and mission.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

  • A dedication to equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism practices, and accessibility.
  • Skilled at actively welcoming and encouraging participation of all members of Institute teams and communities.
  • Understand and value the importance of honoring and integrating diverse perspectives. Openness and commitment to continuously build skills to identify and help mitigate personal and institutional biases and barriers to inclusion.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by 8/15/2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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