California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), located in the heart of San Joaquin Valley in Central California and one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, seeks as its next Associate Vice President for University Communications (AVPUC) an instrumental advisor to the new leader, President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, and a critical partner with campus leadership in advancing the regional and national stature of the University. As a key member of the senior leadership team, the AVPUC will oversee the University’s internal and external communication strategies, media relations and crisis management.
Reporting to the vice president for University Advancement and serving as a member of the University Cabinet, the AVPUC will work in partnership with the director of University Brand Strategy and Marketing, the communications staff, and the deans and communications specialists across academic units to coordinate a unified strategy, including the development of associated metrics in support of the communications plan. The associate vice president serves as the official campus spokesperson on behalf of the University and will be tasked with telling the University’s story, gathering accounts that encapsulate the good work being done by faculty, staff and students inside and outside of the classroom, including in athletics, and disseminating them via local media outlets, social media and other platforms. In addition, the University seeks a seasoned communications executive who will provide an effective infrastructure in which the staff can grow, learn and feel empowered.
As a member of the president’s senior administrative team, the AVPUC will be expected to provide meaningful input on the full range of issues facing the institution: and, thus, a person with a contemporary and comprehensive knowledge of higher education is desired.
California State University, Fresno is being assisted by Academic Search. Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins or Andrea Cowsert. Nominations may also be submitted directly to Dr. Pippins and Ms. Cowsert. Interested applicants must apply through California State University, Fresno. To do so, click here to complete the employment application. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by September 15, 2021, can be assured full consideration. For more information about Fresno State, please visit www.fresnostate.edu, and to learn more about the position, click here.
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