OpenStax (part of Rice University) is a non-profit textbook publisher, learning software producer, and platform for learning research. Our mission is to provide every student and instructor with free access to high-quality teaching and learning resources that help them succeed. We have created a library of more than 50 free and openly licensed college textbooks that have served millions of students across the globe, resulting in over one billion dollars in savings. We have created additional software and course materials to help college students read with more engagement and practice more effectively, incorporating our research team’s expertise in cognitive science and machine learning.We are currently seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Content Marketing. In this role, you will be an exceptional writer and communicator, a team collaborator, and a strategic thinker, able to combine thoughtful, creative content with various marketing and sales strategies. You can create lots of content, strategically and artfully pair visuals and interactives with excellent messaging, and give direction to other creative team members and vendors. You will be flexible, enjoy a challenge, and thrive in a remote working environment. The selected candidate will be data savvy and rely on Google Analytics, customer feedback, and other tools to optimize messaging. 

We celebrate diversity of all kinds and we are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment. We seek to hire, develop, and retain talented people from all backgrounds. We are part of a private university, but our team comes from a variety of backgrounds and includes people who attended universities and community colleges, as well as people who did not graduate from college.


Manage the writing, design and coordination of the production of digital communication and marketing materials

Develop integrated communications and/or marketing strategies and plans to meet objectives

Oversee digital community-building through social media channels, blogs and/or the web

Manage development and implementation of digital community strategy for a group, unit, project, program, initiative, channel, organization or unit; including how to engage customers and fundamentally impact their relationship with constituents

Participate in university-wide and/or organization-wide initiatives and cross-functional teams to establish the organization as a strategic partner and thought leader

Ownership and management of digital channels and/or the web

Oversee marketing content editorial strategy and voice

Partner with internal stakeholders such as program teams, service teams, IT, campus partners to achieve program goals and to ensure coordination

Manage constituent complaints and reputational issues and other high priorities on digital channels

May coach and act as lead for teams

Hire and manage contractors as needed

Perform all other duties as assigned

Create, manage, and execute the OpenStax content marketing strategy across all channels (web, email, social, events, etc.) and occasionally content for PR

Manage the work of creative staff to achieve content marketing goals, e.g. designers, freelance writers, videographers. 

Utilize Google Analytics, heat mapping, and other tracking tools to analyze marketing content across channels and make improvements to the content and overall content strategy.  

Create content marketing strategies that incorporate SEO best practices to meet SEO goals. 

Conduct research (surveys, interviews, focus groups) and analyze third party research to better understand the OpenStax target market, their interests, and what motivates them to choose and continue to use OpenStax.

Collaborate with the OpenStax marketing, communications, and sales team to meet market share goals.


Bachelor’s degree

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement

5 years related experience in any of the following areas: public relations, communications, event coordination and/or social media management

Knowledge of the web, technology, social platforms, current and future trends

Excellent writing and analytical skills

Demonstrated problem solver

Ability to work independently to meet expected deadlines and schedules

Able to work at a computer for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per day)

Exceptional writing and editing skills

Experience collaborating with teams and various roles

Knowledge of SEO, SEO best practices, and the ability to incorporate keywords into strategic content marketing practices

Experience developing metrics-driven campaigns

Demonstrated ability to edit website content using a content management system (CMS)

Experience using social media platforms on to build brand community, understanding of social media metrics

Willingness to learn Pardot, Salesforce, and other martech tools

Ability to use customer relationship management systems (CRM)

Working knowledge of AP Style

Ability to use Google Analytics

Willingness and desire to learn new things

Ability to work independently with minimal guidance or supervision


Qualified candidates may apply online by clicking hereIMPORTANT:   Please submit 2 professional writing samples in any format. These can be attached as one document with your resume.

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