Marketing and Outreach Specialist - Cancer Center at Illinois
University of Illinois

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Marketing and Outreach Specialist

Cancer Center at Illinois

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Are you looking for a job that connects your passion with purpose? The Cancer Center at Illinois is looking for a creative and motivated marketing expert to expand our reach, build relationships, and amplify the cancer research, programs, and opportunities of the center.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


The Cancer Center at Illinois seeks a Marketing and Outreach Specialist to provide input on, and implement, community engagement opportunities in support of the mission and priorities of the Cancer Center at Illinois. This position will work closely with the Communications Team to initiate and coordinate marketing and outreach efforts designed for internal and external CCIL audiences.



  • Work closely with the Communications team and other relevant University/CCIL Administration to develop marketing campaigns and strategies.

  • Provide input on strategy and help make recommendations and decisions to CCIL Communications on the best forms of media for specific promotions and campaigns based on direction.
  • Research, collect, and analyze data on current and potential target audiences to aid in the development and evaluation of marketing and outreach activities Increase CCIL audience engagement across communication platforms such as social media, newsletters, and digital media platforms.
  • Build networks with business, non-profit, and community partners to promote the CCIL research activities and accomplishments. Coordinate with the Communications Manager, communications interns, writers, printers, photographers, and graphic designers. Constantly help strengthen relationships within the advertising and campus community.
  • Serve as a brand ambassador to promote the CCIL among key stakeholders and celebrate institutional successes.
  • Initiate discussions with the internal team around user research findings, outlining audience needs, specific pain points, and potential solutions.


  • Identify opportunities to support organizational initiatives; coordinate the creation, implementation, and execution of events and activities.
  • Coordinate with CCIL Administration and Advancement staff to provide appropriate support for fundraising materials, activities, stewardship information, etc. Coordinate and maintain relationships with the marketing staff of external cancer related organizations and community organizations.
  • Build and foster relationships with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA); execute outreach activities at DIA events.

  • Develop press releases, brochures, social media content, and other marketing materials; assist with communication efforts that support CCIL special events, workshops, and conferences.
  • Manage public relations opportunities related to CCIL marketing and outreach activities, attend events to promote the CCIL; conduct informational presentations about the CCIL.


  • Perform other duties as needed to enhance and foster the goals and mission of CCIL.



Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, External Relations, or related field. Two years of professional work experience in marketing, communications, public relations, community outreach, brand management, or a related professional field.


The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following qualifications: Public university experience providing human resources support Experience in a higher education marketing position. Demonstrated experience in social media content creation and management. Demonstrated experience creating, designing, and editing print and digital work and publications. Superior written, organizational, communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills to communicate complex subjects to groups with various levels of knowledge and management levels. Creative ability to tell a story through the use of electronic and print media. Ability to collaborate effectively and enthusiastically in a team. Ability to multi-task and manage complex projects in a deadline-driven environment.


This is a full-time Civil Service Marketing Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by September 17, 2021. Apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload the following documents:
  • cover letter
  • resume (months and years of employment must be included)
  • academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained
  • names/contact information for three references

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Leslie Lewin Reinhart ( For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. Other pre-employment assessments may be required, depending on the classification of Civil Service employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation




Marketing and Outreach Specialist - Cancer Center at Illinois

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Cancer Center at Illinois

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