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Assistant Vice President, Integrated Communications

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 31, 2022

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Assistant Vice President, Integrated Communications

Job no: 530545
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Department: University Communications
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0
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 announcement.
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
    Department Summary

    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 the university.
    Position Summary

    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 divisions.

    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.
    Minimum Requirements

  • 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.
    Professional Competencies

  • 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 members.
  • 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 leadership.
  • 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 responsibly.
  • Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to manage supervisors and leaders of units within a complex organization.
  • Experience in higher-education external relations and audiences.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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