Marketing and Communications Manager

POSTED: March 23, 2020
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

· Serve as a member of the Foundry leadership team regarding targeting, developing, implementing, and measuring effectiveness of branding and marketing strategy.

· Develop communication content for use in PR, marketing and promotional campaigns, giving mindful consideration to Purdue Branding Guidelines.

· Produce and distribute news releases, news tips, media advisories, agendas, and related materials in compliance with news and content requirements.

· Maintain a strong web and social media presence for the WestGate Academy and Purdue@WestGate.

· Promote events in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, both locally and regionally.

 Additional Responsibilities:


· Create, manage and disseminate print and web branding and publicity materials for events.

· Utilize Purdue Foundry website, email and social media accounts to share community events related to entrepreneurialism with Foundry client/contact base.

· Develop new events aimed at expanding the entrepreneurial culture and community.


· Develop public relations strategies and provide consultations with clients for naming, branding and logo creation.

· Create flyers, brochures, banners, and graphics for clients’ companies and products.

· Prepare signage, posters and other visual materials for Foundry use.


· Overall responsibility for WestGate@Crane Technology Park, WestGate Academy, and Purdue@WestGate websites including image, functionality and accuracy.

· Maintain events, news and other content on appropriate website.

· Manage social media presence, image, content and interactions.

Other Duties:

· Develop workshops and training materials and conduct workshops for clients as needed on issues pertaining to website user experience, promotional writing, company branding, and social media presence.

· Continually seek new opportunities to discover and promote entrepreneurial activities in the community.

· Become certified instructor for Firestarter with the responsibility to lead and facilitate cohorts of faculty, students, and community members through the 6–week ideation process.

· Coach and critique pitches regularly.

· Coordinate efforts with the Purdue Research Foundation Marketing and Media department related to media and social media as well as generation of news story opportunities.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Exercises initiative, team work, reliability, and entrepreneurial mindset.

· Graphic design skills and familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and Canva.

· Website skills and familiarity with website builders (e.g. Wix), SEO, and Google Analytics.

· Social Media skills and familiarity with Hootsuite, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, etc.

· Excellent verbal/written/interpersonal communication skills, including preparing press releases.

· Ability to engender and maintain relationships with PRF/PU staff in addition to a variety of communication, media and marketing representatives throughout the region and beyond.

· Ability to handle wide variety of duties, be detail-oriented, manage multiple projects, and respond quickly to unanticipated problems in a calm, helpful manner.

· Ability to meet deadlines and work in a team environment.

· Demonstrated experience in providing customer service.

· Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Associate's Degree 
  • A minimum of three years of experience in some or all of the following: communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, brand strategy, and graphic design.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at on or before Friday, April 17, 2020.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Purdue Research Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

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