6281 Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Marketing and Communication - Uni

San Diego County, California
Mar 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on March 16, 2017. To receive full consideration, apply by March 15, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

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  Position Information  

This position is in the Management Personnel Plan (Administrator III) and earns management benefits including medical, dental, vision, $100,000 life insurance plan, and the CalPERS pension plan.  For more information on benefits included for this position, please see the benefits summary.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, at will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on operational needs.

Under the direction of the Vice President of University Relations and Development who also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Campanile Foundation, the Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer (AVP/CCO) will provide vision and leadership for the university’s strategic communications. Via comprehensive involvement with campus and community, the AVP/CCO will elevate the strategic aspirations of San Diego State University as a leading public research institution.

The AVP/CCO will develop a strong command of issues affecting campus, students, higher education, the community and California in order to provide optimal strategic scenarios for the University President, the Vice President of University Relations and Development and campus senior university leadership.

The AVP/CCO will develop strategies and tactics for both enhancing SDSU’s image and reputation, and for coordinating university messaging through traditional and new media. The AVP/CCO will direct a campus-wide branding and messaging strategy which includes representation from academics, research, athletics students and the office of alumni. S/he will place high priority on understanding issues affecting the university and its students and by anticipating multiple potential strategic outcomes.

The AVP/CCO will foster strong relationships both on and off campus with students, media, community leaders, campus leadership, deans, development officers, athletics and external organizations. S/he will develop and implement a system for harvesting news stories from all campus entities and optimally telling those stories in compelling ways through all available SDSU media.

The AVP/CCO will serve as a primary contact to the news media and work proactively to highlight stories about SDSU’s successes.  The AVP/CCO will oversee SDSU’s various Web sites and new media and implement enhancements to better achieve division and university objectives.  The AVP/CCO will write and edit a variety of communications materials including news releases, talking points, op-eds, pitch letters, feature stories and fact sheets, that position SDSU as a top urban research university.

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  Compensation and Benefits  

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here


Minimum Qualifications 

A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, graphic design, English or a related communications field and 7-10 years of experience in media relations and online communications.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Proven success participating in cross-functional teams and strategic planning processes.
  • A master's degree within the field of journalism, communications, public relations or a related field.
  • Specific work experience in a public relations or marketing firm preferred, additional emphasis on crisis and community relations experience.
  • Work experience in a university communications office or similar setting.
  • Experience and training in responding to major campus crises.
  • Demonstrated experience using the Internet as part of a strategic communications/media relations campaign. 
  • Understanding and experience working with new media to achieve communications objectives for a large, complex organization.
  • Experience and understanding of production of video content for use on the Web.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge in managing electronic communications initiatives, including experience with electronic newsletters, Intranets, Internet and other Web-based communications. 
  • Understanding of Web graphic design programs such as Photoshop and Flash.
  • Familiarity with cross-platform and browser issues and Web design and content best practices.
  • Familiarity with usability and Web accessibility standards (Section 508).
  • Up-to-date knowledge of how to effectively use Web 2.0 technologies including video for the Web.
  • Demonstrated political acumen, key relationship building, and persuasiveness.
  • Experience working with a Web content management system.
  • Experience using Web multimedia programs.
  • Understanding of HTML, CSS, Web, or other scripting language.

  Application Procedures  

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099. 

General Information

All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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