Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications

California State University Office of the Chancellor
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications

Job no: 500800
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: MPP, Marketing/Communications, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator IV

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications to be responsible for the development of the CSU's systemwide marketing and directly manages communications activities that promote, enhance and protect the CSU's brand reputation. The Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications, is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of internal and external communications activities relative to the mission and positioning of the CSU and its leadership. The Assistant Vice Chancellor, Communications, directs a staff of 20 employees as well as freelancers and consultants, and oversees the areas of marketing and branding, web and digital communications, internal communications, web and publication editorial services (writing, editing and proofreading) and printing and promotional items (including management of an in-house, full-service Copy Center). The position is expected to work in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs and the Director of Executive Writing.


Under the general direction of the Interim Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement, the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing Communications will:

-Develop, implement and manage the CSU' s marketing program to favorably position the CSU to increase public/private support for the system. Work with senior divisional staff on the planning, development and execution of internal and external communications.

-Direct the overall development and implementation of the CSU' s branding program, marketing/advertising campaigns, marketing communications, website development, print publications, creative services including graphic design, writing, editing, proofreading, videography and photography, and the CSU's in-house and outsourced printing and promotional items programs.

-Direct the planning and implementation of marketing and communications projects.

-Direct and manage the CSU's systemwide branding, including graphic standards and web standards; assists employees on branding standards; ensure consistency of all content and messaging to positively influence CSU's reputation among external and internal audiences.

-Direct, manage and oversee the CSU's internal/external websites including development, design and content for new sites, redesigns and updates; oversee web designers and developers; play a key role in creating and overseeing web content (including writing, editing and proofreading) and web design. Major properties include and the CSU systemwide intranet and all related subsites.

-Oversee systemwide and Chancellor's Office employee communications with responsibilities for print publications and online vehicles (CSU systemwide intranet and Chancellor' s Office intranet) and face-to-face communications (employee forums). Provide counsel and serve as liaison to Human Resources, Business and Finance and Academic Affairs for employee-specific communications.

-In coordination with the Executive Writing Department, writes, edits and supervises writing, editing and proofreading for the CSU's print and online marketing and internal communications.

-Make annual budget recommendations, supervise expenditures of assigned programs, and provide regular reports on status of budgets. Responsibility for management and oversight of the Marketing Communications Department, Copy Center and Officewide Copier Program budgets.

-Recruit, develop and lead a team of 20 communications professionals; assess staff activities and performance and provide training, guidance and motivation to ensure goals are met; meet with staff regularly to review goals; foster an environment that supports individuals in their professional growth and reinforces the value of teamwork.

-Oversee Chancellor's Office promotional items and print buying program including management of full-service Copy Center and officewide copier program.


This position requires:

-Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or related field.

-Minimum 8 years' related experience in a senior management role.

-Demonstrated measurable experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive, integrated marketing communications plan to advance an organization's mission.

-Innovative, strategic thinker with a track record for translating strategic thinking into measurable action plans and output.

-Extensive experience (8-10 years) in communications or a related field.

-Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management and staff.

-Flexible, collaborative and proactive team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives.

-Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers

-Experience in developing, mentoring and coaching a team of communications professionals including designers, writers, web experts and consultants.

-Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

-Experience with budgeting and managing multiple accounts and complex financial systems.

-Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

Preferred Qualifications

-Master's degree preferred.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by June 25, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application and upload a cover letter highlighting your experience in a senior management role and as it relates to communications or a related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:

Advertised: May 28, 2021 (6:05 PM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled