The AVP for Communications leads an integrated, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and proactive communications organization that generates high-quality content for all university channels and presents a consistent, professional, and elevated public image of the institution. Reporting to the Vice President for Marketing and Communications, the position oversees a complex organization comprised of centralized and constituent-based professionals and managers in various organizational units ranging from development communications, academic communications, athletics communications, internal communications, communications services and digital media (web/mobile), and assists the VP with leading public and media relations and related communications services. This position directs the university's communications vision and strategy, serves as a senior spokesperson with the news media and press, and reviews, edits, and approves the university's most visible strategic communications, publications, and channels. As the senior communications leader, the AVP is responsible for the strategies and tactics that build and sustain the institution's reputation for academic excellence and its strengthen its mission, brand, and values.
Typically a Master's degree, preferably with a specialization in communications, journalism, and/or business management or related fields. Incumbent is expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of best practices and industry trends.
Minimum of 10 years of related communications and/or public relations experience in positions of increasing responsibility, preferably within higher education.
Minimum of 5 years' experience in a senior leadership role with a hands-on collaborative style with cross-disciplinary direct reports and/or teams.
Experience with building complex communications organizations and organizational content capacity required.
Expert-level knowledge of communications and content management methodologies.
PRSA or equivalent training in public relations practices preferred.
Advanced experience with traditional and digital communications functions, channels, and activities. Ability to interpret large amounts of data in a multi-tasked environment.
Possesses exceptional verbal and written communications skills and compelling and impactful presentation abilities. Has the ability to motivate and inspire creative, communications, and public outreach teams as well as colleagues, constituents, leaders, and governance boards.
Experience brainstorming ideas and concepts for communications and content development and recommend solutions within the context of an institutional brand, communication, and marketing strategy.
Demonstrated experience managing creative projects and executing across multiple communications and marketing channels and media;
Demonstrated ability to work independently and entrepreneurially; experience creating, developing and implementing new initiatives;
Evidence of an energetic, flexible, and creative leadership style that produces high-quality deliverables with meticulous attention to detail. Must be metrics-driven and results-oriented manager with excellent analytical skills. Ability to provide quick turnaround and updates for multiple requests while maintaining high-quality work.
Must be able to perform successfully in a fast-paced, intellectually intense, and service-oriented environment. Significant experience leading successful outcomes and navigating political dynamics within a complex organization required. Willing and able to adjust to changing demands and shifting priorities.
Demonstrated experience and leadership in proactively building relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, business influencers, elected officials, and civic leaders.
Extensive successful writing and editing experience and managing a team of writers/editors in an institutional setting.
Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills.
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.