Montana Jobs

facebook youtube linkedin
Mobile Montana Labor & Industry Mobile Logo

Job Information

Montana State University Director, Communications in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22026

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Carrie Ashe at 406-994-3293 or

Classification Title Managing Director

Working Title Director, Communications

Brief Position Overview

Responsible for overall leadership and management of the Communications & Publications administrative unit which provides services statewide in the areas of marketing & brand identity, educational resource distribution, publishing, graphic design, and web design & development. Includes project planning, personnel management, fiscal management, and oversight for these units.

Position Number 4C0636

Department Administration - MSU Extension

Division Extension

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $70,000 to $85,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Founded in 1893, Montana State University is a comprehensive Land Grant University with over 18,000 students system-wide with campuses in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Havre. It has widespread Extension programs and is committed to the land grant mission of providing the services of the university to citizens and youth throughout the state. MSU Extension has a field faculty staff of 90 Extension Agents representing every county in the state and four Indian Reservations with 50 specialized faculty and professional staff located in Bozeman and other locations.

Program offerings include agriculture, energy and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community and economic development. MSU Extension Programs focus on bringing university research and services to local communities via county agents with support from statewide specialists. The total state, county and federal, and grant budget is approximently $26 million. For additional information see the web site

We seek approachable individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee short and long-range communication and marketing strategies for MSU Extension.

  • Provide leadership and management for the Extension communication and publications unit including supervision of staff, project planning and coordination, assessing need throughout the state, and developing processes, tools and resources for organizational use.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for publishing, news and media relations, issues and impact communications, marketing and branding, visual design, and web design, development, and accessibility.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for effective delivery of training in communications, educational publishing, marketing, and related areas for MSU Extension employees.

  • Develop and support executive communications from the Director and Associate Director’s office including internal and external messages, talking points, scripts, and briefing documents.

  • Provide accountability for budgeting, accounting, and personnel activities to make effective and efficient use of resources.

  • Ensure the day to day operations of the publications and communications teams meet the needs of the organization.

  • Actively engage as a member of the Extension Administrative Leadership Team and other teams to lead communication strategies and advance initiatives across the organization.

  • Follow Montana State University’s overall branding structure. Partner and collaborate with University Communications on branding, media relations and other relevant communications topics.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication or related field.

  • Proven experience building and leading collaborative teams to work across all aspects of communications.

  • Proven ability to plan and implement communications strategies across multiple communication channels.

  • Expertise in creating, developing, and implementing long and short-term strategic communications plans.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills and political acumen.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in communication or related field.

  • Expertise to advise administration on all aspects of communications, ranging from strategy to branding to management of sensitive and complex issues.

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial experience with a unit including supervision, staff development, and budget management.

  • Understanding of Extension, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university campus, county, state and national levels.

  • Demonstrated success in collaboration and cooperation with faculty and staff.

  • Have the ability to act independently and be thoughtful.

  • Have a balanced understanding of the need to act in both a leadership and management role.

  • A broad understanding of the philosophy, accomplishments and challenges of the Extension System and the Land Grant University.

  • Appreciation of ethnically diverse constituencies.

  • Equally value all program areas of Extension and respect the MSU Extension model and structure focused on meeting locally-identified and statewide needs.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of a search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 3, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .