Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Location: Bloomington, Indiana,
Internal Number: 302828
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VP COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING (UA-VPCM-IUBLA)
Indiana University is seeking a highly skilled and results-oriented communications leader to position and advance the university, building upon the more than 200-year-tradition of excellence. This is a rare opportunity to serve in a leadership role that will guide respective communications efforts across all seven IU campuses. With a new Vice President & Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, this role is of great importance to the university and a rewarding and challenging opportunity for strong communications leadership. The Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications will work in-person, based out of either IU's Indianapolis or Bloomington campus.
Indiana University (IU) spans seven campuses and two regional centers, including nine School of Medicine campuses across the state, more than 200 research centers and institutions, and partner locations around the globe. Together, all parts of the system broaden its impact and make an IU education accessible to more people. A home for bold vision, IU has demonstrated a progressive commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging since its founding and has been dedicated to empowering students and faculty to cultivate meaningful careers, develop lifelong connections, and make an impact on the world.
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is home to top-ranked business and music schools, to the world's first school of philanthropy, the nation's first school of informatics, and the country's largest medical school. Our hundreds of academic programs are among the world's best, and the University is always looking toward the horizon, thinking about what's next. Indiana University has a total budget of approximately $4.10 billion, with approximately 9,500 faculty, 12,000 staff and nearly 93,000 students. In addition, Indiana University is one of only seven public universities in the nation with a AAA credit rating from both Moody's Investor Service and S&P Global.
As Indiana's largest public research university, IU Bloomington is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and is one of the state's largest employers, with one of every 26 jobs in Indiana supported by IU.
Indiana University's Office of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing, through market research, analytics, and a deep understanding of an optimal customer experience, is charged with elevating Indiana University's visibility; state, national and international reach; reputation; and enrollment growth.
The Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications will lead communications strategy and management of issues and crises. that pose risks to the university. In this leadership role, the AVP will also create communications strategies to educate the community on critical trends that may affect IU.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Communications, the leader will also work closely with the Associate Vice President of Marketing and serve as an important leader on the VPCM executive cabinet. The AVP of Strategic Communications will serve as a thought leader throughout IU and have principal responsibility for the communications aspects of crisis preparedness and response and will work closely with key leaders across campus.
As such, this AVP is responsible for leading university-wide communications strategy, preparedness, and management related to issues and crisis events. Such activities may include training, playbook creation, tabletop exercises, and full crisis simulations. This individual will also work closely with emergency management, the General Counsel's office, Public Safety and IUPD, Government Relations, and various other campus leaders.
This leader will also serve as the principal communications leader for strategic planning and readiness related to issues that may have impact on higher education, IU, or both.
The AVP will lead university activities related to an actual crisis, or management of a strategic issue, coordinating the university's response, working closely with media relations, social media, and other functions, as well as with key individuals from elsewhere within the university. The ideal candidate is a strategic communicator, with experience in a complex organization who has a passion for understanding and explaining critical issues.
The Assistant Vice President will:
Monitor local, state, and national media sources for issues and trends affecting higher education
Stay current with issues at the local, state, and national levels that hold potential to affect the university
Monitor social media for emergent issues that could negatively affect the university
Collaborate with VPCM, university and campus leadership as well as others within the university to prepare statements for use as responses to media inquiries
Collaborate with VPCM leadership and others on campus to prepare communication plans for university response to issues
Meet with campus communicators and key campus constituents as needed to remain current with ongoing issues and potential challenges
Prepare regular reports for VPCM and university leadership, demonstrating progress toward indicators
Maintain the university's readiness for crisis communication
Update and maintain the university's Emergency Communications Plan
Recommend and implement activities to ensure that the VPCM staff and campus communicators are prepared to respond effectively to a crisis
Coordinate the university's response to actual crises
Build and maintain relationships with local, state, and national media
Establish and maintain contacts with colleagues and peers at other universities and higher education associations who work in issues management and crisis communications
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or related field. At least seven years of increasing responsibility and leadership in communications strategy, strategic planning and related functions.
Bloomington, Indiana or Indianapolis, Indiana
The anticipated salary for this role is $150,000-$190,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator.See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.
Campus Safety and Security
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About Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.
IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.