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Vice President for Communications & Marketing

Department: 3670006010 Div Communications and Mrktg
Job no: 513235
Work type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management

About This Role:

The Vice President for Communications & Marketing leads the division of communications and marketing, reporting directly to the university president. The VPCM is a member of the President’s Cabinet.

The VPCM is responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of public relations and marketing activities that communicate about and advance the strategic direction and positioning of the University and its leadership. The successful candidate brings strong and proven strategic leadership skills. Highly developed writing and communication skills are essential tools in communicating with multiple constituent groups.

Leading the division of communications and marketing, the next VPCM serves as the chief communications officer for Kansas State University and leads a centralized strategic communications team that provides reputation management, crisis communications and proactive public relations efforts.  Moreover, the VPCM will drive the internal communications at the institutional level while setting the overall strategy for institutional responses, and providing counsel to the university president, provost, cabinet, and deans. Serving on the Crisis Management Team, the VPCM will respond to crises that develop during the year. 

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

Learn more about the Manhattan community at https://madeformanhattan.org/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Seven to ten years of experience with some or all of the following: communications, marketing, public relations, and brand building.
  • Proven record of success in an administrative position with responsibility for guiding strategy; fiscal planning and management; supervising, motivating, and developing employees; and fostering diversity, belonging, and teamwork to create collaborative working relationships across culturally diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated success as a strategic and creative planner, master collaborator, and relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to articulate matters of complexity and nuance to multiple and varied groups of stakeholders.
  • Proven success developing and implementing branding and marketing strategies to enhance institutional reputation and/or grow enrollment for a large, culturally diverse organization.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices, emerging issues, trends, and opportunities in university/higher education communications.
  • Understanding of the scope and strategic impact of technology used in marketing and social media branding and promotion with experience strategically deploying marketing and communication tools to disseminate messages across difference platforms and to diverse audience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate change, successfully engaging with others to achieve results.
  • Proven ability to adapt and execute strategy in a complex and evolving space and be comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university.
  • Higher education administrative leadership experience with similar responsibilities to this position.
  • A deep understanding of and passion for the role of public higher education and firm grasp of the opportunities and advantages of a land-grant university with R1 status.
  • Private industry experience in news media, public relations, communications, and/or marketing.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Kansas State University. Inquiries, nominations and applications will be treated confidentially.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially. Please send inquiries and questions about the position to:

KSUVPCommunications@acesrch.com

Please send to nominations and referrals to nominations@acesrch.com.

Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at ACES’ candidate portal.

Screening of Applications Begins:

For best consideration, please apply by September 6th.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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