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 REMOTE Digital Marketing Manager (Academics) |The Profession | 

The Art of Education University (AOEU) is seeking a highly-skilled Digital Marketing Manager to bring people, data, and ideas together to turn a great product into a market-leading solution. This is a right- and left-brain type of role. In a single day, you could go from analyzing pipeline data to building a marketing campaign for growing graduate degree programs and course enrollment. The Digital Marketing Manager will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Customer Experience and own and execute ideas — from crafting the messaging to building campaigns for adult learners. At the completion of a test or campaign, the Digital Marketing Manager will measure, track, and provide detailed reporting on the impact of our growth marketing efforts.

Marketing | What We Believe | 

We solve problems specific to art educators.  We deliver solutions to those problems that ultimately make art teachers feel more connected and less like they are alone on an island.


  • We believe that more engaged students/customers/readers = growth.
  • We strive to make every interaction feel authentic and handcrafted.
  • When we make decisions we optimize to provide rigorous, relevant, engaging learning at every stage of the art educator’s career.
  • Marketing doesn’t end when someone downloads content.  Everything each one of us does is marketing.
  • People want to be part of a movement.  To fulfill the mission of AOEU, how can we build momentum?
  • Through every interaction, we aim to provide value.

The Art of Education University | Who We Are | 

Our mission is simple, driven, and inspiring: We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging professional development at every stage of their career.

AOEU is an innovative and fast-growing institution of higher education serving art teachers around the world. In 2019, we became the first homegrown graduate university in the state of Iowa in 50 years and the world’s first “university for life,” serving art educators throughout an entire lifetime of learning.

The Art of Education University serves tens of thousands of students, readers, and customers around the U.S. and in over 40 countries. Our Magazine is read more than 800,000 times each month, our events are attended by over 4,000 art educators annually, and we serve over 2,000 graduate students each year. 

Our culture is at the heart of our success as an institution.  We believe in a drama-free environment that upholds the ideals of Radical Candor©.  We believe that your success is our success.  You will always know where you stand and be challenged to grow and stretch yourself in ways you never imagined.


The Details | Digital Marketing Manager | 

Essential Functions

  • This position is responsible for the creation, execution, management, and optimization of marketing strategies to build awareness, drive interest, and increase enrollments for graduate programs and courses.
  • Guide and direct internal team and external agency(s) in the development and execution of paid search, SEO, account-based marketing (ABM), display, paid social, and webinars.
  • ​Enable admissions/student services through coaching and operationalizing messaging and communication methods.
  • Maintain a culture of collaboration. Break down silos to make the student journey the most effective from top-of-funnel to retention.
  • Work closely with creative services to develop web and physical collateral necessary to support demand generation.
  • Provide ongoing reporting to the Director of Marketing and Customer Engagement and Dean of Admissions & Student Services. Show marketing performance by program and analysis of trends with an emphasis on ideas for innovation and improvement. Identify new data points and/or avenues for measuring marketing effectiveness.

Student Journey: 

  • Write conversion copy for email, landing pages, chat, and in-app suggestions and notifications.
  • Develop a strategy with admissions, student services, marketing, and academic leaders to create a customer-centric lead generation engine specific to adult learners. 
  • Develop campaigns and supplemental materials aligned to admissions and student services goals and translate them into sales sequences, one-pagers, and presentations.

Analytics and Reporting:

  • Track and analyze the performance and funnel metrics related to all efforts to continually optimize the performance of our campaigns.
  • Provide recommendations to the content team for articles and podcasts that improve SEO and SEM ranking for graduate programs and courses.
  • Optimize SEO, SEM, and social advertising for graduate programs & courses.


  • Develop case studies, identify customer stories,  and report student success data for team members to leverage and drive compelling conversations.
  • Prospect call and email coaching to ensure consistent messaging that adds value and uncovers potential impact for AOEU.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for our academic pipelines: targeting criteria, strategy, engagement, messaging, objection handling, and execution.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of the stresses and risks in organizational change and how to mobilize the organization behind new campaigns.
  • High aptitude for problem-solving and collaboration to effectively work with other leaders, customers, and stakeholders to evolve AOEU’s messaging
  • Passion for experimentation and presenting results (and experimenting again)
  • Ability to build data-informed demand generation strategies
  • Ability to write conversion copy and craft messaging for campaigns
  • Experience building highly targeted campaigns with sophisticated automation
  • Ability to implement A/B and multivariate testing methodologies
  • Experience with web analytics and conversion optimization tools and the ability to work with large data sets
  • Comfortable with front-end web development (CSS, HTML, PHP)
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage and optimize existing product campaigns
  • Understanding of accreditation and teacher licensure preferred. 

Work Environment

The duties of this position are typical of those performed in the home office setting with normal ranges of temperature.  The majority of tasks will be performed while sitting at a desk.


  • Position requires considerable concentration and focus throughout the day.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift items such as laptops, monitors, and the like.
  • When traveling: 
  • The ability to lift or push your suitcase.
  • Ability to carry/lift up to 25-50 lbs of presentation materials for customers or for conference presentations, etc.


  • Ability to view computer screens for significant periods of time.  The Art of Education University is an online university.  Therefore 95-98% of one’s time will be on or using technology.
  • Ability to use a laptop keyboard with accuracy.
  • Ability to hear at normal levels and through electronic devices such as laptops, earbuds, phones, and the like.

Position Requirements


  •  Minimum of a Bachelor’s in Marketing or a related field is strongly preferred.


  • Five or more years of experience in a similar position(s) driving growth and maintaining a consistent track record in higher education or continuing education for adult learners.
  • Experience working in a remote capacity is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with key evaluation metrics that drive pipeline and campaign prioritization.
  • Experience with leading the development and use of digital platforms and technology products (HubSpot, Google Analytics, WordPress, social platforms, etc.). 

Compensation and Benefits


Structured as a full-time, exempt, and salaried position, this individual will report directly to Nolan Denker, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience.  Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.  Payroll is issued on a monthly basis paid on the 15th of the month.


Group healthcare plans are available.  The Art of Education University will contribute 100% for full-time health, dental, and vision, employee-only coverage.  Family coverage is available at an additional premium.
The Art of Education University offers participation, upon hire, of a 401K plan with up to a 4% match of employee contributions.
Appropriate and up-to-date technology is provided.
Unlimited self-managed PTO is offered to full-time members of AOEU.  Extended vacations must be pre-approved.  Flexibility exists so long as responsibilities are fulfilled and careful planning and communication are evident.


Persons interested in applying should complete the application form linked below.  Applicants are required to submit a short 1-3 minute video explaining why they would like to be considered for the position and why they are uniquely qualified.  Failure to submit a video will automatically eliminate you from the application process.

Candidates who make it to Round 2 of the application process will be required to complete a packet for review, prior to their scheduled interview time.  

Finalists will have one final culture interview with the President of the University.

All applicants and candidates will be notified of the status of their application.


  • Interested applicants should complete the application and upload a current resume by December 5, 2020. 
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be notified as applications are submitted.
  • Anticipated position start date: December 14,  2020

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