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Evanston, Illinois, Department: School of Professional Studies Salary/Grade: EXS/5 Job Summary: You are: a marketing whiz – A skilled paid media and digital marketing strategist with experience with Google Ads, paid search, and paid social media and a passion for understanding and interpreting the data that make it all work. You might have also dabbled into SEO and content marketing. You are always searching for the next marketing innovation and you are not afraid to negotiate. You pride yourself in being an early adopter of new media and technologies and you’re comfortable working across multiple projects at the same time. You’re ready to grow in a role that will challenge you intellectually and leverage your skills in project management and your entrepreneurial spirit. You understand digital marketing is the way of the world, and are prepared to build integrated marketing plans that lead to top results in generating awareness and lead-gen for professional education programs. Additionally, you have experience and expertise in data analytics: this includes both knowing how to utilize data collection and visualization tools, and knowing how to analyze and report results to produce insights that help optimize marketing efforts at SPS. We are: the School of Professional Studies at top-ranked Northwestern University. We are changing the face of higher education through our dedication to leverage the most innovative technology to support the needs of working professionals that are seeking to grow their careers, enhance their skills and take on new educational and professional challenges. We inherently understand the difference between online learning and remote education, offering online graduate programs since 2014. As the world continues to pivot, our programs are uniquely developed and positioned to address the changing needs and situations of working professionals. As a Marketing Planning Strategist at the School of Professional Studies, you will drive the marketing strategies for several programs across the SPS portfolio; responsible for the development, implementation, optimization, and performance analysis of ongoing management of marketing campaigns for several programs across the School of Professional Studies portfolio. You will be part of a team of marketing strategists, each of whom is the strategic cross functional marketing lead across marketing, creative, advising and product development (academic) teams for your program portfolio. Our team is located on the downtown Chicago campus of Northwestern University, next door to both Northwestern Law and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. We are right off of Michigan Avenue, in an exciting and supportive office environment. In addition to joining a collaborative team that values personal growth and team collaboration, Northwestern University employees take advantage of excellent healthcare, education, and retirement benefits, as well as generous paid time off and great views of Lake Michigan. Specific Responsibilities: Assume primary responsibility for planning strategic marketing plans for SPS graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs in the offline and online environments Develops strategic and integrated marketing plans, with a focus on digital media to launch and grow SPS programs using marketing data and research Develops a strong understanding of his/her assigned programs in order to inform effective marketing plan development Translates marketing plans for all programs into media schedule including, but not limited to, digital, print, broadcast, outdoor, sponsorship, events, email and direct mail Researches new audiences and media channels, bringing creativity and innovation to marketing plans Monitors the competitive landscape and stays current with marketing trends, testing new approaches and adopting best-practice strategies Communicates requirements and audience elements to email and direct mail list vendor and evaluates and purchases suggested lists Manages lists, ensures accuracy with order or mailing, and prepares lists and mailing instructions for email partner or mail house Liaisons with mail house to ensure timely and cost-effective fulfillment of all promotional and communication direct mailings Ensures clear, accurate communication of marketing plans in visual and written formats Supports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications in marketing for school—ensures that plans are coordinated and advertisements are optimized Meets regularly with Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications to present and discuss campaign performance—implements enhancements/corrections Media Negotiation and Execution Independently negotiates and executes media buys vendors; manages day-to-day media spending as defined by marketing plan budget Works with manager on negotiating annual contracts with high-volume vendors Reconciles incoming invoices with services contracted/delivered and follows-up on discrepancies Ensures make-good and future deliverable for unfilled contracts Resolves major problems or inconsistencies and reports to manager Data Analysis and Measurement Provides data analytics expertise (data collection and visualization) to inform insights that lead to data-centric marketing optimizations Reviews CRM performance analytics through internal CRM system to make strategic media decisions and optimizations Monitors campaigns on a daily basis ensuring fulfillment of services and making adjustments as necessary Reviews campaign performance analytics (lead source, web traffic, campaign reports, et. al.) and tweaks online campaigns and email communications based on analytics Continually evaluates channels and lists to ensure reach of defined audience; ensures marketing investment is producing satisfactory return Cross-functional leadership in developing program knowledge and in the execution of marketing plans Liaise with academic departments to stay informed of program updates, conference participation for marketing support and develop ongoing knowledge of programs and evolving target audiences Integrates closely with Creative/Content team, Digital Marketing Strategist, Enrollment Advising teams, CRM team, and event coordinator(s) Professional Awareness and Engagement Represent SPS and enrollment management at select state, regional and national meetings, conferences and programs as budget allows. Provide model leadership, participation, guidance and information when serving on university-wide and School academic and operational committees Other duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 2-3 years’ experience media planning Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.) Demonstrated capacity for developing and executing marketing plans Basic accounting skills, attention to detail and ability to maintain and reconcile a budget Ability to evaluate media outlets Experience with digital media, social media, SEO and paid search to build brand awareness and recognition Intermediate-level skills with Microsoft Excel Solid writing and editing skills Strong project management skills Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills Ability to multi-task at a high level in fast-paced environment Strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills Strong organizational skills Strong follow-up skills Strong negotiating skills Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams Collaborating with agency teams and clients, the strategist is forward-thinking and considers the big picture and minute details and how they all coalesce to build brand image and perception Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors or Master’s degree in marketing or related field 3+ years of work experience in marketing, with digital marketing expertise Previous experience marketing to adult learners Experience working with lead generation and lead cultivation Experience with data analytics for marketing optimizations Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities) Excellent oral communication skills Excellent customer service skills Research and market analysis skills Proficient in current technology including email formats and tracking, landing page creation and use, search engine optimization, pay-per-click, paid social media, content marketing, and other digital marketing options Strong aptitude for determining the optimal way to position programs in the market Experience determining and demonstrating ROI from marketing programs Demonstrated understanding of the big picture and goals of enrollment management Ability to utilize strategic thinking and proactively bring forth ideas and solutions Experience with data collection, reporting, and visualization to ensure data-driven marketing decisions; experience with data analysis tools like Google Analytics and Tableau a bonus Audience building experience for digital marketing efforts Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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