Associate Vice President for Communications

Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA

*Please note that, as of mid-February, this search is in an advanced stage.*

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) seeks a seasoned communications and marketing leader to serve as the Associate Vice President for Communications (AVP). Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement and working closely with the College’s president and leadership team, the AVP is the senior public affairs and communications executive for the campus.

The AVP will be joining the campus community at an exciting inflection point, as its national and international visibility and reputation continue to rise. CMC possesses unique characteristics among liberal arts institutions and the College needs a communications leader who can leverage those characteristics into greater prominence and recognition.

CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, international relations and rigorous leadership development, attracts students who approach education with a dynamic pragmatism in order to make a difference in the world. This abiding multidisciplinary culture sets the College apart from its peer institutions, and its academic centers and institutes provide students unprecedented opportunities to work alongside their professors in leading edge research. CMC in addition has a very strong and highly rated interdisciplinary science program, the W.M. Keck Science Department, which is a administered cooperatively by CMC, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges.

The AVP will work with College leadership to fashion a comprehensive communications strategy that highlights these important distinguishing characteristics as central to the College’s core mission. The incumbent will in addition develop an implementation plan for communicating CMC’s essential message with internal stakeholders, potential applicants, a passionate alumni base, and donors.

To be successful, the AVP will:

  • Lead the planning effort and ensure a successful implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy;
  • Provide strategic, creative leadership for improved internal communications and greater cohesion of message, campus-wide;
  • Serve as a strategic partner and resource for the president, board of trustees, and senior leadership; and
  • Optimize functional effectiveness in all areas of service relating to both internal and external communication provision.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Electronic submission of applications, inquiries, and nominations is strongly preferred.

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Lindsay Gold and Brett Barbour.

As of February 2017, this search is in an advanced stage.