Assistant Vice President, Integrated Communications
Officer of Administration
Appointment Type and Duration:
Commensurate with experience
Application Review Begins
November 14, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:
- A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your
knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job
responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job
- A resume of your educational and professional work
The department of University Communications (UC) is charged with
telling the University of Oregon's (UO) stories to a broad range of
audiences and positioning the university to succeed and thrive. The
department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of
communications tools, including public relations, branding,
advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of
Reporting to the Vice President for University Communications (VP),
the Assistant Vice President, Integrated Communications (AVP) leads
a team of creative professionals to advance the institution's
mission through the alignment of communications strategy and
resources across campus academic departments and administrative
The AVP supervises, partners, and serves as the primary advisor to
communications leaders in multiple units outside the central
communications portfolio, and regularly works to identify and
resolve issues involving multiple campus units that work with UC.
Specifically, the position serves as a dual-report supervisor or
key central liaison to communications directors of schools and
colleges and provides ongoing guidance on unit-level communications
plans, working directly with unit leadership and communications
teams to determine communications goals and priorities, and
facilitate plans to meet the goals and measure success. These units
include all academic schools and colleges, The Phil and Penny
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, University
Advancement, and Student Success and Enrollment Management.
The AVP works closely with academic leaders as well as the VP and
other members of the University Communications leadership team to
align regularly evolving teams and strategies within departments
towards a unified strategy for serving the university's interests,
including those of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The
AVP will serve as the primary agent in incorporating unit staff
into the culture and team dynamic of University Communications,
building trust, forging partnerships, and identifying priorities
for shared resource development. The AVP will demonstrate and
inspire a team-building work environment, motivating staff and
cultivating productive relationships across campus to innovate,
collaborate, and reach and exceed stated goals.
- Bachelor's degree in marketing or a related field.
- Eight years of experience in the marketing and communications
field, with at least five of those years managing and directing
communications staff and specialists.
- Strong leadership skills and executive presence, including the
ability to regularly mentor and steward a broader team toward
success. Ability to lead task forces and organizational maturation
initiatives. Inclination to regularly provide learning
opportunities and resources for growing and high-potential team
- High level of programmatic and institutional knowledge, with
the ability to take a leadership role in using past successes and
failures to inform new strategies. Ability to maintain strong
partnerships with on- and off-campus partners to create and sell
the narrative of new programs and initiatives. Ability to
articulate strategic plan in the context of positioning the
institution in comparison to aspirant peers.
- Ability to act as an advisor and partner to communications
leaders as well as the dean/director/vice president, including
collaborating with academic leadership and faculty to define
overall academic initiatives, communications priorities, and
correlating outreach strategy.
- Ability to provide leadership in UC-wide discussions of new
initiatives, capital project planning, strategic staffing, and
3-5-year trends in the industry. Ability to communicate and
articulate how individual initiatives, programmatic direction, and
overall communications strategy will shape the university.
Leadership in aligning marketing, branding, digital outreach, and
media relations across multiple units.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a successful team that allows
individual team members opportunities for professional growth,
including setting integrated metrics for all employees, inspiring
performance and engagement for the team, and empowering them to
proactively partner with senior staff and campus affiliates.
Ability to manage other managers and train upcoming
- Digital literacy, proficiency in project-management software
tools, and willingness and ability to keep abreast of the latest in
marketing and communications technology.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to
communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse
backgrounds and cultures.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and work effectively with a wide
variety of people across multiple units and outside vendors to
develop strategies to achieve goals.
- Thorough knowledge of UO's administrative programs, academic
units, and university rules and policies.
- Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy and manage
confidential or sensitive information and issues
- Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing
diversity and equity.
- Demonstrated ability to manage supervisors and leaders of units
within a complex organization.
- Experience in higher-education external relations and
FLSA Exempt: Yes
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completion of a background inquiry.
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package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
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