Vice President for Communications

St. Lawrence University in New York

Date Posted August 6, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

St. Lawrence University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Communications.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President will serve as the Universitys chief communications officer, acting as a strategic and practical advisor to the President and senior staff in the development and execution of the Universitys communications and marketing plans for promoting the University and its mission. As the member of the senior staff overseeing the Department of Communications, he or she will lead a team of 12 to raise the awareness and reputation of St. Lawrence University as a top undergraduate liberal arts institution. The office is responsible for the design and production of print and electronic publications, the University website, news and media relations, social media, photography, video, and the St. Lawrence magazine. The Vice President also oversees the administration of the Universitys public radio station, North Country Public Radio.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. St. Lawrences beautiful 1000-acre campus is ideally situated in the North Country of New York State, halfway between the Adirondack Mountains and the national capital of Canada, Ottawa. The Universitys academic and co-curricular programs take full advantage of this location, which provides an intrinsically international perspective on the world and a magnificent natural setting for multidisciplinary learning initiatives.

The next Vice President will be a visionary, strategic and creative leader who will provide direction in building a unique brand identity regarding the distinctives of St. Lawrence University. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in an equivalent setting with significant leadership experience in integrated marketing, public relations, market analysis, and communication whether in higher education or elsewhere. He or she will demonstrate a proven track record of creative and visionary leadership in the development of communication and marketing plans in coordination with multiple stakeholders. The University seeks an energetic and enthusiastic leader with excellent communication skills, someone particularly able to persuade, explain, and to communicate using words and images in print, digital, and social media, and with strong interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to the numerous and varied University constituencies.

The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence, to:
Susan VanGilder, Principal
Matthew Bunting, Senior Associate

Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, LP

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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