Vice President for University Relations

Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time


Vice President for University Relations

Location: San Antonio, TX
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 5652
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Department Marketing Statement
The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks a seasoned leader with demonstrated experience articulating institutional strengths and challenges to the campus and the community and in maintaining strong relationships with a broad range of diverse publics, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision. The next Vice President for University Relations is expected to possess strong communication skills, a commitment to transparency, a collaborative approach, and the ability to deliver creative solutions for short- and long-term issues.

Reporting to the President, the VPUR provides leadership to all marketing, communications, community relations and government relations functions at UTSA including the university's relationships with public officials and the San Antonio community. These efforts will focus on articulating the vision for UTSA to all stakeholders, in addition to cultivating strong relationships with key influencers, community leaders and potential organizational collaborators. In doing so, the VPUR will engage the vice presidents, deans, faculty, students, alumni and community leaders in addressing needs and issues across the organization while promoting UTSA's core values of integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration, and innovation. In working toward the university's strategic goals, the VPUR will have the opportunity to create and leverage new avenues for stakeholder outreach with the goal of building and fortifying university relations and strategically increasing UTSA's reputation as a great public research university and a national model for student success.

UTSA is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with the City of San Antonio, the surrounding Bexar County and the larger South Texas region. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the VPUR works closely with campus Vice Presidents to elevate the vision for UTSA among targeted audiences internally and externally. As a strategic advisor to the President and fellow Vice Presidents, the VPUR makes recommendations regarding objectives, programs, policies, and practices to foster excellent communication and university relationships at the local, state, and federal levels.

In order to achieve the President's ambitious vision for UTSA's future, the VPUR will be a creative, solution-oriented, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking individual whose personal mission resonates with UTSA's values and aspirations. The university will require effective and efficient solutions to resource utilization and infrastructure management as it integrates innovative approaches and best practices to reach the goal of becoming a nationally recognized research university. The VPUR will lead an organization that demonstrates nimbleness and flexibility, while establishing a campus framework and infrastructure designed to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of all university relations functions.

Qualifications
The successful candidate should possess national distinction as an effective senior administrator with accomplishments expected for a senior level position at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The VPUR should also possess the following qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a related field is required; Master's degree from an accredited university in a related field is preferred.
  • High motivation and a commitment to advancing the objectives of a rapidly developing public institution. Strong strategic and analytical skills, integrity, creativity, responsiveness to opportunities, flexibility in work hours, and effectiveness in responding to unexpected situations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Record of success in articulating institutional strengths and challenges to the campus and the community and in maintaining strong relationships with a broad range of diverse publics, including: faculty, staff, students, and alumni, public officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Proven understanding of working as part of a multicultural environment. Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills within other large institutions, including budgeting, policy development and communication management, as well as coordination skills essential for creating dynamic communications/marketing and governmental relations teams. Ten years' proven experience at a senior executive level, overseeing aspects of communications, institutional marketing, community affairs, and/or governmental relations for an organization of comparable size.

The successful candidates should possess the following qualities and characteristics:
    Creative, solution oriented, optimistic, collaborative; Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; An inclusive, collaborative, and transparent approach to decision-making that engenders trust; A desire to listen to stakeholders and understand the mission, vision, values, and history of an organization; The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; A positive, proactive, and enthusiastic outlook; Impeccable integrity and values that align with those of UTSA; A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; An ability to enable and encourage innovation while also mitigating risks; and A willingness to ask challenging questions that will lead to effective decision-making.

Responsibilities
Primary Responsibilities

The VPUR manages institutional resources in concert with the President and the President's Cabinet in order to support the institutional mission and vision, while maintaining accountability and the public trust. In their role, the VPUR is responsible for the management of communications and institutional marketing, as well as government and community relations operations at UTSA. Working in close partnership with the President and Vice Presidents, the VPUR serves as a representative of UTSA at events, programs, meetings and other occasions requiring an executive presence. In addition to managing University Relations operations, the VPUR will play a critical role in strengthening partnerships with public and private organizations, oversee budget and policy development to advance university relationships, and act as an executive liaison to UT System. To successfully address UTSA's wide ranging needs, the VPUR will work closely with the Office's leadership team to ensure that best practices are implemented in each of these areas. It is expected that the VPUR will establish a culture that embraces strategic ideation, ownership, and proactive approach to problem solving.

The VPUR will manage multiple departments, programs, services, and initiatives to further the university's relationships with identified stakeholders. In overseeing these units, the VPUR provides leadership, innovative services, creative solutions and integrated systems to ensure success. The VPUR oversees four areas and is responsible for proactively managing an organization of approximately 35 employees across the following departments:
    Government Relations Community Relations Presidential Communication and Special Projects University Communications and Marketing

The VPUR serves on the President's Cabinet and participates actively in all aspects of institutional planning and program development in support of UTSA's mission and the strategic plan; works collaboratively with other administrative divisions across the university to identify and advance shared goals and interests; participates on committees and in activities to promote the success of the institution, administration, faculty, staff and students; and participates in professional organizations and community activities to promote the institution locally, statewide, and nationally. For more information about the Office of University Relations, please visit http://www.utsa.edu/vpur/

Opportunities and Challenges:

The VPUR will provide leadership in several critical areas including, but not limited to:
    Planning - The Vice President will work closely with the President and senior leadership to develop and plan for opportunities to deepen stakeholder relationships and the university's reputation in alignment with institutional goals.
    Building New Partnerships - The VPUR will be required to function as an active and visible member of the San Antonio and campus communities and will establish and nurture existing relationships and pursue mutually beneficial alliances. They must be committed to working across all campus units and actively seeking new opportunities for collaboration within the university and the local community. Effective avenues of communication between these varied stakeholders will cultivate and leverage UTSA's relationships and partnerships, further elevating the university's stature and potentially lead to the creation of new revenue streams.
    Leading Positive Change - UTSA is poised for tremendous growth and opportunity over the next decade, but its legacy processes and internal infrastructure are not adequate to support its heightened aspirations. The VPUR will lead and manage change across all areas within the Office of University Relations in an effort to streamline processes and procedures so that they are clear, consistent and efficient. Moreover, the VPUR will introduce new and innovative strategies for enhancing stakeholder engagement while also ensuring they meet university, system, state, and federal requirements. In order to support progress, it will be necessary to reduce bureaucracy, evaluate organizational structures, increase entrepreneurial initiatives, and develop creative approaches to operations.
    Developing and Retaining a High-Performing Team - The VPUR will be responsible for overseeing a wide-range of functional units, requiring an ability to lead and empower staff within the Office. The VPUR will support the professional development of staff and facilitate their growth as leaders in their respective fields. Moreover, the VPUR will provide the leadership necessary to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurism, values collegiality, and rewards success.
    Communication and Transparency - The VPUR will be expected to create a culture within the Office committed to effectively and proactively communicating with a wide- range of internal and external constituents. Therefore, the VPUR will possess strong listening skills, the ability to engage stakeholders in meaningful discussions, and an openness in providing information about the decision-making process and how decisions will impact university stakeholders as it strives to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals.

How To Apply
Diversified Search has been retained by UTSA to assist in this search process. Applications, nominations and further inquiries should be directed to Euris Belle, Managing Director, at UTSA-VPUR@divsearch.com . For best consideration, applications should be received by March 25,2021.

For a complete job description, please visit https://www.utsa.edu/president/documents/UTSA-VPUR-Position-Description.pdf

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate should possess national distinction as an effective senior administrator with accomplishments expected for a senior level position at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The VPUR should also possess the following qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a related field is required; Master's degree from an accredited university in a related field is preferred.
  • High motivation and a commitment to advancing the objectives of a rapidly developing public institution. Strong strategic and analytical skills, integrity, creativity, responsiveness to opportunities, flexibility in work hours, and effectiveness in responding to unexpected situations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Record of success in articulating institutional strengths and challenges to the campus and the community and in maintaining strong relationships with a broad range of diverse publics, including: faculty, staff, students, and alumni, public officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Proven understanding of working as part of a multicultural environment. Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills within other large institutions, including budgeting, policy development and communication management, as well as coordination skills essential for creating dynamic communications/marketing and governmental relations teams. Ten years' proven experience at a senior executive level, overseeing aspects of communications, institutional marketing, community affairs, and/or governmental relations for an organization of comparable size.

The successful candidates should possess the following qualities and characteristics:
    Creative, solution oriented, optimistic, collaborative; Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; An inclusive, collaborative, and transparent approach to decision-making that engenders trust; A desire to listen to stakeholders and understand the mission, vision, values, and history of an organization; The ability to deploy/deliver and bring projects to successful fruition; The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; A positive, proactive, and enthusiastic outlook; Impeccable integrity and values that align with those of UTSA; A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; An ability to enable and encourage innovation while also mitigating risks; and A willingness to ask challenging questions that will lead to effective decision-making.

EO/AA Statement
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The UTSA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.


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