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Vice President for University Communications Eugene, OR

The University of Oregon (UO) seeks a strategic, collaborative, and innovative executive as its next Vice President for University Communications at a pivotal time in the university’s history as it reaffirms its commitment to educational access and support for all students as well as academic and research excellence across all disciplines.

Founded in 1876, UO is the flagship university for the state and home to 21,800 students and 5,180 faculty and staff. Under President Michael Schill’s leadership, UO has pushed to achieve its aspirations as a preeminent and innovative public research university encompassing the humanities and arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions and meet its goals to educate the whole person, and to foster the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.

Reporting to President Schill and a member of his cabinet, the Vice President for University Communications (VPUC) will play a critical role in helping UO frame and convey its commitments to access and excellence, importance in national and global dialogues alike, breadth of research, and contributions to state, national, and global communities. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and accomplished communications and marketing executive to partner with a president of an AAU university, working with senior administration and key stakeholders alike, to develop and implement a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy. The VPUC will oversee and influence communications and marketing efforts across the university to establish a strategic platform that unifies messaging and positioning for UO, supports and furthers the goals of the entire university and its individuals units, and engages internal and external constituents. Beyond the traditional scope of this role, the VPUC also will serve as counsel and sounding board to the president and his cabinet on a variety of university-wide issues.

The VPUC will have a clear record of success as an innovative and collaborative leader in a large, complex, mission-driven organization with substantial experience developing and implementing multi-faceted communications and marketing efforts that position and elevate the perception of an entire institution, brand, or company with multiple audiences. This person will need exceptional diplomacy, discretion, and judgment; a full understanding of the communications and marketing process from creative conceptualization to implementation; expert knowledge of traditional, digital, video, and emerging media; a robust base of experience dealing with the media; and demonstrated success fostering a team culture and building an efficient, cohesive, and collaborative team. In addition, the VPUC must possess the ability to articulate a vision for communications and marketing that advances UO’s reputation, nationally and internationally, and inspires internal communications partners across the organization. Equally important are a collaborative, collegial orientation and the political savvy and flexibility to navigate a complex academic community. A bachelor’s degree, at least seven years demonstrated senior leadership, and a minimum of five years of supervisory experience are required. Significant experience in higher education is strongly preferred, ideally in a public research university.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Liz Neustaedter and Megan Gorman.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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