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Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Chapman University
Orange, California
The salary range for this position is $275,000 to $325,000 annually.
Date posted
Jan 24, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Chapman University in the search for a Vice President for Marketing and Communications. 

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, the Vice President for Marketing and Communications will be a senior leader at Chapman University providing vision, strategy, and oversight for all marketing and communications functions. Serving as the chief spokesperson for the university, the Vice President will bring a strategic approach to leadership of the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications, telling the university’s story in a compelling way; raising its profile across the region, nationally, and internationally; and supporting the priorities and initiatives set forth in the university’s strategic plan, as Chapman continues its exciting trajectory to become one of the nation’s elite institutions of higher education. A collaborative, collegial leader, the Vice President will motivate and empower a team of approximately 35 talented marketing and communications professionals and build on the strengths of the current operation to maintain a collaborative office that is sought out and relied upon by campus partners across the institution. Data-driven and results-oriented, the Vice President will have experience building and maintaining an efficient team structure that can manage workflow and processes effectively from conceptualization to implementation; focus on key institutional priorities that enhance and support enrollment, philanthropic giving, and the institution’s reputation; and evaluate progress toward key performance indicators, implementing changes for continual improvement. The Vice President will oversee four primary areas including  communications and brand strategy, which includes public relations, content marketing, publications, copywriting, and writing for executive support; brand identity and visual strategy, which includes print and digital design, photography, and videography; marketing strategy and audience engagement, which includes campaign development, media planning, digital marketing, web development, and social media; and marketing operations and insights, which includes project management and data analysis and reporting.  The Vice President will advise executive leadership, senior staff, vice presidents and provosts, deans, and department leadership on a variety of communications matters.  

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is a nationally ranked, mid-sized private institution, known for its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching, as well as its distinctive approach to personalized education. Located just 15 miles from the beach in Orange, California, Chapman’s main campus is close to industry leaders in fields from science to screenwriting that propel and jumpstart student careers. The Rinker Health Sciences campus serves graduate students in nearby Irvine, California, which is home to numerous hospitals, labs, and medical and pharmaceutical businesses. Chapman University attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and internationally. Its campuses are home to nearly 10,000 students representing 49 states, two territories, and 82 countries. The 11 schools and colleges of Chapman offer 65 bachelors, 53 master, and six doctoral programs, along with nearly 60 minors and 17 accelerated and bridge programs.

Chapman University is ranked in the top 15% of American colleges and universities. According to The Princeton Review, Chapman is an “extraordinary blend of liberal arts, science, and professional programs,” and one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Chapman also has been identified as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for three years running and was named one of the top fifty-two “Most Innovative” universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts was named fourth among top American film schools by The Hollywood Reporter for the past three years. U.S. News & World Report ranked many other schools and programs at Chapman within the top 100 in the nation, including Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Pharmacy, the M.S. in Communication Science Disorders, the M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, and the Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

Chapman University is deeply committed to enriching diversity and inclusion through on-going efforts to cultivate a welcoming campus climate for all members of the Chapman community. It strives to provide an inclusive academic curriculum, promote equity and access in recruitment and retention, and develop meaningful outreach programs and partnerships within a diverse local community. The university values diversity and inclusion in the learning environment and believes it is vital to the fulfillment of its mission. An inclusive learning environment facilitates complex, critical, and creative thinking and differences in identities, values, beliefs, and perspectives are fundamental to a comprehensive education.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Chapman University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Chapman University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of experience leading a comprehensive marketing and communications operation in a complex, mission-driven organization that serves a variety of audiences, ideally in higher education is required. 

The salary range for this position is $275,000 to $325,000 annually. 

Chapman University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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