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UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
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External Relations and Communications is focused on increasing public understanding and support for the university and communicating UC's value and impact on the lives of people in our local communities, California and the nation. We help establish and strengthen relationships with both internal audiences (e.g., students and employees) and outside constituencies - such as alumni and philanthropists, business and industry - and, in coordination with campuses, facilitate their support for the university. We also conduct policy analysis for the university.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of the External Relations & Communications Division, the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Communications manages and coordinates a fast-paced unit that has critical impact to the University of California's statewide and national strategies and objectives.
Working closely with other senior leaders across External Relations and Communications, the AVP develops and oversees strategic communications plans that support UC's mission and responds to day-to-day developments affecting the University.
The AVP provides supervision and management for five key departments: Marketing Communications, Executive Communications and Engagement, Internal Communications, Media Relations and University of California Health Communications. Collaborates closely with other directors and staff both within ERC and across the University to ensure consistently high-quality communications which support strategic storytelling, advocacy, stakeholder outreach, media relations, crisis management and internal engagement. The AVP works closely with the President's Executive Office, UCOP leadership, Regents, State and Federal Governmental Relations, Academic Affairs, campus leadership and communications staff, and across other External Relations & Communications departments to ensure a seamless and integrated approach to communicating with the many and varied members of the UC community, including students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, advocates, legislators, surrogates, donors, alumni and the public across California.
In today's fast-paced and constantly-evolving communications environment, the AVP ensures that the most cutting-edge strategies and tactics are brought to bear in the delivery of timely, actionable and nuanced communications across a range of platforms.
The AVP also supports the SVP of External Relations & Communications in the preparation and delivery of topics that are of strategic interest to the UC Regents Public Engagement and Development Committee and other special projects.
Communications strategy: In consultation with the ER&C SVP, the President's Office and senior UC leadership, lead the development of effective communication strategies and oversee the design and implementation of those strategies. Ensure that the goals of the communications departments are supportive of and in alignment with the mission and goals of the University, and are thereby reflected in communications and marketing materials produced. Significantly contribute to the development of institutional positions and communications plans regarding sensitive and emerging issues. Prepare and present materials for Board of Regents meetings. Build collaborative relationships with campus communications leaders and ensure alignment across the system.
Management Team Building and Coordination: Provide leadership in fostering an integrated, collegial team approach to delivering consistently high-quality communications and engagement programs. Manage units, providing operational leadership and building a culture of operational excellence and mutual support. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Establish the department strategic plan, priorities and goals, and ensure alignment with division goals and individual assignments. Oversee recruitment, selection, development and evaluation of staff. Develop succession plans and cross-training for staff across multiple areas of expertise. Identify training and development opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the units and individual employees. Maintain and strengthen collaborative relationships and working partnerships across UC. Develop and manage departmental budget(s).
Public outreach: Proactively cultivate public understanding of the University's contribution, image and brand. Establish and maintain internal and external relationships and partnerships that further the communications goals and interests of the University. Direct the development and production of UCOP digital and print vehicles designed to communicate with the public and enhance support for the University's mission, purposes and objectives. Assess effectiveness and impact of programs, projects and publications.
Proven experience building and managing multidimensional teams in fast-moving, complex environments.
Highly developed skills in all areas of communications strategy development and execution - digital and print marketing efforts, earned and paid media, advocacy, crisis management, internal communications, outreach and stakeholder engagement.
Ability to establish mission and goals at the macro-level; to lead subordinate management to develop goals in alignment with mission.
Expert leadership abilities to establish department goals, and motivate, influence and support others to achieve.
Highly sophisticated knowledge of administrative management theory and ability to translate into practice.
Ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals which measure effectiveness of contributions to efficient operations of department.
Experience working with and supporting public leaders.
Expert project planning and management skills and proven track record in execution.
Knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.
Demonstrated ability to remain calm and perform effectively under pressure.
Advanced degree preferred.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
10 - 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, media relations in a large institution or non-profit environment.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job isMarch 24, 2022. The position will be open until filled.
Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy
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