Digital Marketing Specialist | Austin, Texas


The Digital Marketing Specialist is responsible for the analysis and optimization of all digital channels at American Campus Communities. This position provides direction and manages the implementation of each of the following: digital and social media strategy and account management, campaign creation, SEM, SEO, email marketing, and website creation and maintenance.  The Digital Marketing Specialist will also be involved in the development and enhancement of the company’s websites and online marketing tools.

The Digital Marketing Specialist will report to the Senior Vice President of Marketing Operations and will collaborate with the Leasing Department, MARCOM, IT, and other internal and external departments/agencies as necessary. The ideal candidate must be capable of implementing all responsibilities independently when required or with the support of these groups.

Critical Duties: 


  • Develop, maintain, and continually optimize all websites including SEO marketing strategies and campaigns, keyword strategies, and data mining to ensure strong rankings amongst top search engines.
  • Manage daily execution of paid search efforts including; build out, optimization, testing, budget and analysis/research.
  • Audit, develop, generate and analyze SEO and SEM performance and strategies via site and search traffic analysis reporting.


  • Analyze and interpret company web metrics and analytics to identify trends and areas of focus in on-line traffic metrics, traffic sources, geographic markers, device usage, browser usage, etc.


  • Utilize content management systems to build, update and maintain web pages.
  • Management of other online and social accounts including but not limited to YouTube, Google +, Linked In, and Wikipedia as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):


  • Maximize online exposure through both organic and paid search.
  • Develop new strategies for testing, bidding and organization of account structure.
  • Manage online marketing budget across paid search/CPC, social media, display, and mobile.
  • Create external and internal content strategies and implementation.
  • Execution of retargeting campaigns as needed.


  • Evaluate end-to-end customer experience across multiple channels and customer touch points.
  • Create and present weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on web traffic.
  • Recommend additional strategies to maximize integrated marketing campaign results.
  • Execute tagged online campaign tracking.
  • Collaborate with external vendors to compile and analyze analytics for externally hosted websites/applications.


  • Customize and enhance content with HTML and CSS as needed.
  • Edit digital content as needed, including: image sourcing, proofreading for quality and accuracy, and adherence to style guidelines and technical specifications.
  • Interact with internal and external copywriters to optimize copy and landing pages to align with SEO strategy.
  • Work with internal teams to resolve web-related issues via best practice methodology.
  • Plan, execute, and measure experiments and conversion tests.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to optimize user experience.


  • Participate in the development, QA, and UAT process for company websites and marketing systems enhancements.
  • Research and troubleshooting for all online and social channels and accounts.
  • Provide training on online marketing activities, techniques, analytics, effectiveness and policies.
  • Work closely with internal departments to ensure efficient coordination of efforts and that departmental needs are met.
  • Evaluate and study changing and emerging technologies in all channels related to this position.
  • The core of American Campus culture involves everyone being fully invested in everything that we do down to picking up the smallest piece of trash. No matter their position or duration at any given property, everyone picks up trash.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • 3+ years of digital marketing experience across multiple channels and tools for a mid to large sized company.
  • A proven track record of successfully strategizing, executing and analyzing online programs across multiple domains and accounts that drive traffic through traditional, online and social marketing mediums.
  • Strong background in online display and PPC advertising, search engine marketing, and social media marketing.
  • Experience managing and monitoring performance and effectiveness of online marketing tactics such as SEM, SEO, Other Paid Advertising, Email Marketing and Social Media.
  • Experience working in and a strong understanding of the following tools: Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Moz, Google Tag Manager, Google Business Listings, Google Webmaster Tools, and other industry leading web reporting products and keyword research tools.
  • Experience with bulk emailing, SPAM, and opt-in/opt-out requirements.
  • Experience with website A/B and multivariate testing.
  • Content Management System experience. Kentico experience preferred but not required.


  • Technical Capacity.
  • Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.
  • Thoroughness.
  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Communication Proficiency.
  • Flexibility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 Knowledge of:

  • Technical aspects of SEM and SEO algorithms and metrics.
  • Proven knowledge of SEM and SEO as well as working knowledge of current and emerging best practices, trends, technologies.
Skill in:
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite of products including advanced skill in Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Must be persuasive and articulate in presenting complex data and concepts to groups at all levels of the organization.
  • Motivated self-starter that demonstrates a high degree of initiative.
  • Process-oriented with high attention to detail and organization.

 Ability to:

  • Work in fast-paced team environment with flexibility to accommodate demanding project schedules and deadlines while managing multiple priorities, across multiple accounts and platforms.
  • Work efficiently across multiple accounts using several tools.
  • Work autonomously as the subject matter expert.
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills with the ability to consistently demonstrate a positive and collaborative approach.

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Google AdWords Certified (GAP) professional preferred. 

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This job operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and fax machines.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch.  The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position.  Hours of work may change based upon the needs of the business.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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