Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications and Brand Marketing

California State University Office of the Chancellor

The California State University is pleased to announce the search for Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications and Brand Marketing. The Associate Vice Chancellor champions the California State University’s character, brand, reputation, and community through innovative, dynamic, and comprehensive marketing and communications strategies.

The California State University (CSU) is the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year public university, providing opportunities for upward mobility to students across the state and empowering them to become leaders in the changing workforce. The CSU has a rich history, starting in 1960 by the Donahue Higher Education Act when the individual California State Colleges were brought together. In 1972, the system became The California State University and Colleges and 10 years later, the system became The California State University. Today, the CSU system comprises 23 universities and is proud to educate more than 450,000 students each year.

The Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications and Brand Marketing, is the chief strategist and creative executive leading efforts to advance positive public perceptions of the CSU. This purpose-driven leader will collaborate fairly and earnestly to effectively complement the unique 23-university brands with unifying strategies that elevate the system as a whole.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Communications, the Associate Vice Chancelor serves as an advisor on the Chancellor’s executive leadership team. Collectively, the leadership team advances the mission of CSU and establishes priorities for improving student success, achieving academic excellence, and escalating economic and social mobility. California State University provides graduates with career-ready skills to thrive individually and contribute to the success of their communities and the State of California.

Leading a team of professionals at the Chancellor’s Office, the Associate Vice Chancellor will foster a working environment dedicated to customer service, collaboration, and support. The Associate Vice Chancellor will be responsible for elevating the quality and effectiveness of internal and external communications, marketing, and public relations in support of the University’s brand and mission.

More information, including an institutional and position profile with a full list of required and preferred qualifications can be found on the Academic Search website.

How to Apply
The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Nominations and inquiries can be sent to CSUDVC@academicsearch.org.
Applications must be submitted electronically, and in confidence on the CSU application portal. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter and resume. Those chosen to move forward in the process will be asked to provide a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by March 1, 2024, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Lisa Ryan (Lisa. Ryan@academicsearch.org).

Start date: Spring 2024/negotiable; The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $24,167 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is $9,167 to $29,425 per month.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

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