Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 17, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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

Reporting to CMU President Farnam Jahanian, the Vice President for University Communications and Marketing will conceive of and establish a cohesive, comprehensive, high-level, multidimensional communications strategy and program capable of meeting the institution’s objectives and further enhancing its reputation and resources. The Vice President will promote the university's mission and preserve its reputation as an international leader in higher education and research. The Vice President will define and lead a strategic vision for communications that unifies messaging for CMU, supports and furthers the goals of the entire university, including its individual colleges and administrative units, and campuses and locations worldwide. The Vice President will serve as the President's principal and trusted advisor on all communications-related matters for CMU, and as a member of the President's senior leadership team, and oversees a team of nine.

It will be integral to the success of the Vice President to be able to understand and appreciate the unique and creative culture of CMU. The successful Vice President will embrace the opportunity to learn and become immersed in the CMU community. CMU seeks a Vice President with experience producing well-crafted substantive and cohesive messages for senior leadership; high level strategic and planning skills; a thorough understanding of traditional and emerging media, a strong grasp of best practices in the communications and marketing profession, and a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectivity of the communications process; and a collaborative and collegial disposition with superlative interpersonal skills with an eagerness and ability to engage a diverse set of stakeholders and build strong professional relationships while convening and synthesizing many ideas.

Carnegie Mellon University has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding as an engineering and fine arts school in 1900. CMU made an early commitment to computer science and information technology, where the university continues to advance discovery and impact. CMU is renowned for its blend of technical rigor and creativity, for its commitment to solving real-world problems, and for its strength in interdisciplinary collaboration. Its alumni have earned distinction around the globe. Carnegie Mellon is ranked as 27th among global research universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University rankings, 26th in U.S. News and World Report, and 20th in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College rankings. Beyond its Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon University’s global presence includes campuses in Silicon Valley, Qatar, and Rwanda, and degree-granting locations in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, DC, Australia, and Portugal, as well as numerous other research and educational partnerships around the world.

CMU’s tenth President, Farnam Jahanian, was appointed in 2018. He is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and academic leader. President Jahanian’s priorities include enrichment of the student experience; providing fresh resources for the fine arts; accelerating work in foundational sciences from the application of machine learning and data science; and supporting a broad array of research in technology and the impact of such innovation on humanity.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Carnegie Mellon University and the position of Vice President for University Communications and Marketing as presented in the position prospectus.