Administrative Positions

Employees whose work activities are substantially involved in the administration of the University, other than teaching, shall be designated as administrators by the President of the University.


Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, residential university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With 53 majors, 41 minors and 15 pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

With more than 1,800 students from 30 states and 38 countries around the globe, Augustana has been ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions in the nation for our efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly. We are pleased to be featured among "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes and to be named a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and a "Best Buy" by U.S. News & World Report.

We are proud to say that the average ACT of our entering class is 26, one of the highest averages of any college or university in the region. Nearly 90 percent of our students come from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Eleven percent are alumni legacies.

In September 2015 — 155 years after our founding — Augustana College became Augustana University, an illustration of our growing number of programs and centers for undergraduate and graduate students and in recognition of the physical growth happening on campus.


Augustana University is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With a metro population of nearly 250,000, Sioux Falls is a growing, vibrant, and diverse city that is home to major health care centers, Fortune 500 business, national retailers, spirited entrepreneurs, and dynamic options for arts and entertainment. Sioux Falls has been named the "Best Small City for Business and Careers" by Forbes and ranked one of the "Best Places to Live by CNN.

Augustana University is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Title: Chief Communications Officer
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Office of Advancement

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, seeks an outstanding communications professional who will advance the mission, vision and values of the University.

Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement and in collaboration with the Vice President for Enrollment, the Chief Communications Officer (exact title TBD) provides leadership and direction to the marketing and communications team, directing and managing strategic marketing, public relations and communications initiatives, and also serves as the University's chief writer with key objectives designed to drive enrollment, inspire philanthropic support and enhance the reputation of the institution and engage its global constituents.

Specific responsibilities include:

Manage the Marketing & Communications team:
Provide leadership and counsel to a six-member team charged with managing marketing initiatives, online communications (web, social, email marketing), and University events. Ensure that initiatives and projects are completed on time, with optimal efficiency, and within budget.

Serve as the chief information officer:
News & Information: Mine for, develop and write timely news items, op-ed pieces, and other University content and develop and implement ways to maximize and amplify the brand message: placement on the University's websites; pitch/distribute to area, regional and national media; share via social media and email marketing; Campus Cues (internal e-newsletter)

Media Relations: In collaboration with University leadership, respond to media inquiries; develop online responses to media issues (if necessary); serve as a resource to area reporters; and provide media coaching to University spokespeople.

Serve as the chief creative writer:
We're looking for someone who can tell the Augustana story in creative, clever and compelling ways through a variety of media: magazine features, highly sharable online features, video frameworking, direct mail, and paid advertising; to a variety of audiences: prospective students, current students, alumni, donors and friends, faculty/staff and more. If you're someone who can examine the University, learn about what we do now, and listen to our hopes and dreams for the future -- and from there glean and communicate our essence, then keep reading.

Serve as the editor of The Augustana, the magazine for alumni, parents and friends of the University, published three times annually. Develop a theme for each issue; curate feature ideas; conduct interviews, write and produce stories; procure photography to accompany stories; oversee layout and design and prepare file for printing; organize the editing and review process; work with commercial printer through edits to final proof, to production and mailing; upload final .pdf to issuu; post each feature within each issue to for maximum search and shareability.

Serve as the editor for Viking Life, a magazine for prospective students and families, published three times annually. Work with the Office of Admission to develop a content ideas for each issue; curate feature ideas; conduct interviews, write and produce stories; procure photography to accompany stories; oversee layout and design and prepare file for printing; organize the editing and review process; work with commercial printer through edits to final proof, to production and mailing; upload final .pdf to issuu; post each feature within each issue to for maximum search and shareability.

Provide writing, photography and design support for other University promotional publications as needed.

Manage the presentation of the homepage including photography and marketing messages.

Write and update web content as needed to support: changes and additions to undergraduate academic programs; new programs for adult learners, including graduate programs and courses offered through the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; other updates as needed.

Qualifications: Baccalaureate degree or higher, in journalism, communications, or a related field preferred; previous management experience, preferably in a creative environment; five years experience in writing and editing for professional publications with a solid portfolio of published work that demonstrates skill in analysis, creativity, and writing, editing, and proofreading using The Associated Press Stylebook; demonstrated creative thinker in developing editorial content and solutions to marketing and communication challenges; self-starter who is organized and detail-oriented with excellent planning and problem-solving skills; able to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously; proven ability to meet deadlines; strong interpersonal skills, able to work alone, one-on-one, or as part of a larger team; exercise effective judgement, be diplomatic and tactful; exhibit confidentiality and a sense of humor; familiarity with graphic design principles, print production processes, and content management systems; knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to print and electronic publications.

Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated experience in writing, designing and editing a magazine; demonstrated experience with video and still photography; a working understanding of higher education and/or the not-for-profit sector; ability to add content to a website (Drupal); evidence of extensive use of social media channels.

Application Procedure: Candidates should send a letter of application, resume, a completed employment application and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current references and a sample portfolio. If requested, be prepared to submit transcript(s) that reflect completed course work and degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities. All information will be held in confidence.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send materials electronically to

Title: Admission Counselor
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Office of Admission

Augustana University invites applications for the position of Admission Counselor. Responsibilities include managing recruitment efforts in geographic territories, public speaking engagements, leadership at college recruitment events, travel, communication with prospective students, reviewing application files, financial aid counseling, and managing special projects. This position reports to the Vice President for Enrollment.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience plus an excellent benefit package.

Closing Date: This search will be closed once  the position is filled.

Work Schedule: Full-time, 12 months, includes evening and weekend hours.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Articulate the value and values of an Augustana education to prospective students, families, high school counselors, community college personnel, alumni, pastors, and community members.
• Develop and implement a recruitment plan for an assigned geographic territory.
• Meet with prospective students and their families during campus visits.
• Communicate with prospective students throughout the recruitment and application process, including extensive correspondence via phone and email.
• Generate and review admission applications.
• Represent Augustana at a variety of functions including college fairs, high school visits, receptions, and community events.
• Plan and implement six to ten weeks of travel in the fall, winter and spring months; weekend and evening work required.
• Manage selected student recruitment programs and special projects as assigned by the Vice President of Enrollment and Director of Admission.
• Financial aid counseling and advising.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.
• Strong initiative and attention to detail.
• Sound understanding of and appreciation for a comprehensive education (liberal arts and professional), grounded in five core values: Christian, liberal arts, excellence, community and service.
• Goal oriented and driven to succeed.
• Excellent judgment, organizational, and multitasking skills.
• Sensitivity to the concerns and needs of diverse student populations.
• Ability to handle frequent changes, delays, and unexpected events in a flexible, positive way.
• Ability to work well under pressure.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Sense of humor.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree.
• Valid Driver's License (Must have had a valid driver's license for at least 2yrs).
• Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Previous experience in higher education enrollment, marketing, and/or sales.
• Graduate of Augustana or similar-type institutions.

Application Procedure: Send a letter of interest to Nancy Davidson, Vice President for Enrollment, describing qualifications for the position. Please include a resume, completed employment application and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. All information is to be sent electronically to

Address for sending resumes:

Human Resources
Augustana University

Email submissions are preferred.

Human Resources
Augustana University

2001 S Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Telephone: 605.274.4110
Fax: 605.274.5547

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and may be required to submit official transcripts upon employment.