Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Location: Nashville, TN, United States,
Internal Number: 10002297
Vanderbilt University is seeking an experienced and pragmatic leader to serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications. The Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for University Communications oversees university-wide communications to enhance Vanderbilt's reputation and visibility in support of its mission. The AVC is responsible for planning and producing strategic communications to position the university as one of the world's leading academic research institutions and deepen engagement among the campus community, alumni, parents, and other key audiences. This role serves as a crucial link between the Communications and Marketing team and the schools and administrative divisions throughout the university.
The successful candidate will be highly organized and able to lead multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. In addition, this individual must demonstrate a proven ability to collaborate across functions and teams and be adept at working with individuals at various levels, building relationships, fostering collaboration, collecting feedback, and improving communications based on information received. The individual should demonstrate self-direction, creativity, and strategic thinking in finding new opportunities to showcase Vanderbilt's unique strengths.
This Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing and serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor's core leadership team. This position has supervisory responsibility over a team of communications in-house communications professionals and will oversee the development and management of a robust network of freelancers, vendors, and agencies to fulfill a wide range of communications needs.
The Communications and Marketing team at Vanderbilt is a dynamic and collaborative group. The division serves as the institution-wide center of excellence for communications and marketing, developing and executing strategies that inform, engage, and inspire others to participate in Vanderbilt University's global academic and research mission. The division is a key strategic adviser and partner for the mission-based work of the university, providing comprehensive communications and marketing plans and thoughtful analysis on messaging opportunities and constraints. The Communications and Marketing team delivers impactful marketing and communications results across key audiences in order to serve the larger mission, values, and priorities of the university.
This role requires the ability to report to work in person on the Vanderbilt University campus.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop compelling and impactful strategic communications that raise the profile of the university's academic and research reputation.
Lead a team of communications professionals in the development and execution of comprehensive, high-quality communications for key internal and external stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Create, manage and iterate on key messaging themes that help showcase Vanderbilt's mission, values, and priorities.
Ensure that Vanderbilt speaks with a consistent voice throughout the organization and across the colleges and schools, while also demonstrating mastery of stakeholder-specific messaging.
Contribute to and guide the development of a rich editorial content calendar and content strategy that demonstrates a clear plan toward promoting long-term priorities and narratives.
Serve as a strategic partner to peers within the division to ensure consistency and impact of messaging across all channels.
Partner with the Public Relations team to shape and drive earned media engagement.
Collaborate closely with the Executive Communications and Institutional Projects team to develop strategy and produce and distribute content.
Work closely with other external-facing teams within Communications and Marketing to ensure seamless alignment of messaging.
Serve as primary relationship manager and strategic partner with communications professionals embedded in the colleges, schools, and divisions. Plan and execute initiatives to foster collaboration with these partners and to facilitate alignment of messaging with the overarching content strategy. Provide counsel on communications solutions that help achieve business objectives.
Develop a multi-channel approach to fulfilling work that includes in-house staff and best-in-class external vendors to achieve flexibility, scalability, and access to a wide array of services and talent.
Continue to center the university's values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all communications as part of an ongoing effort to reach out to and engage with diverse audiences throughout the Vanderbilt community and beyond.
Monitor and evaluate the results of communications programs using specific metrics to track progress and insights for continuous improvement.
Lead and guide the University Communications team, facilitating a results-driven culture of collaboration, self-empowerment, and accountability. This includes setting goals across the team, monitoring progress toward results, and overseeing both performance and professional development.
Direct and manage the University Communications budget.
Recruit and retain talent.
Represent the Communications and Marketing team at key events and meetings, both internal and external.
Maintain fluency in current and ongoing developments in higher education and the broader communications and marketing industries.
Think creatively and pragmatically with a willingness to consider many options, problem solve, and take directives as necessary.
Demonstrate excellence in news judgment, written communications skills, and a sense of what is appropriate for the Vanderbilt University brand.
Adhere to confidentiality and business ethics; demonstrate outstanding judgment and discretion.
Demonstrate understanding of the university's mission, values, goals, and priorities, and an ability to ensure that all are considered in developing communications strategies.
Communicate and collaborate effectively with a wide range of audiences--including leadership, faculty, staff, students, coaches, alumni, and vendors.
Efficiently and effectively manage multiple, complex, and results-oriented projects with both quick turn-around requirements and long lead times.
Work outside regular business hours as needed in order to perform job responsibilities, including being officially on-call.
Provide overall support as needed and assigned for institutional priorities.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
A bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field is required .
At least 10 years of experience in the communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing field is required .
Experience working with and managing vendors and freelancers is required .
At least 5 years of experience serving in a leadership, managerial or advisory role is stronglypreferred .
Knowledge of computer applications and project management software, including Microsoft Office, Slack, Trello, Box, Monday (or similar) is required .
Demonstrated experience working on complex communications issues with an organization's executive leadership is strongly preferred .
Experience managing a budget is strongly preferred .
Demonstrated capability of achieving results in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, often on short deadlines, is strongly preferred .
Proven experience and passion for change management is strongly preferred .
Relationship-building skills and a record of partnering with internal and external teams and operating units to achieve common objectives and support a business plan is preferred .
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.