Vice President for Marketing and Communications

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 28, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Stony Brook University ( seeks an accomplished, collaborative, and inspiring professional to serve as Vice President for Marketing and Communications and Chief Communications Officer. Reporting to Stony Brook’s President, the Vice President for Marketing and Communications sits on the University Council and leads an integrated marketing and communications team that manages or coordinates all marketing and strategic communications including executive communications, internal communications, crisis communications, media relations, and social media across the institution, including Stony Brook Medicine.

The Vice President for Marketing and Communications will be an experienced and skilled professional who has led much of, if not all of, the breadth of the marketing and communications functions in the portfolio at Stony Brook. They will offer a confident and consultative approach to leading a comprehensive, integrated, and strategic marketing and communications function. With senior leadership experience designing and executing a strategic communications plan in a large, complex organization with varied priorities and stakeholders, the Vice President will have the ability to inspire trust and respect amongst colleagues and various audiences through their expertise, experience, integrity, and collaborative orientation. They will have strong interpersonal skills; support, empower, and inspire their staff; and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their career and at Stony Brook.

The successful candidate will be as comfortable and effective leading through influence and expertise as through positional authority and will be able to draw on experience, analytic capacity, and sound judgment in order to provide expert counsel to the President and the University’s senior academic and administrative leadership on strategic, tactical, and crisis communications, marketing across multiple mission areas, and brand and reputation management.

A bachelor’s degree is required, as is experience managing teams and budgets in a highly complex organization along with a track record of hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing and diverse professional teams. The ideal candidate will have experience in marketing and communications for a higher education and/or academic medicine organization. Qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the unique complexities and breadth of audiences and considerations within an organization like Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University is a leading public university, an internationally recognized research and medical institution, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). A flagship institution within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Stony Brook is located less than 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, the University has over 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty.

Stony Brook University has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner are managing the search along with Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate. Inquiries, applications, and nominations can be sent to To apply, candidates must provide a resume and a letter of interest. Stony Brook University values diversity, equity, and inclusion and will seek a leader who is committed to promoting these values. We encourage candidates to include in their cover letters how they have promoted these values in their career and/or how they would plan to do so in this role.


Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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