Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Skidmore College invites nominations and applications for the inaugural position of Vice President for Communications and Marketing.
Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college, currently enrolling approximately 2,500 students in roughly 40 degree programs, including programs in both traditional liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines. The College's principal mission is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students who are eager to engage in the learning process. Skidmore's faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates students' intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while engaging in research, scholarship, and study. In keeping with the College's founding principle of linking theoretical with applied learning – and its more recent expression, “Creative Thought Matters” – the Skidmore curriculum balances a commitment to the liberal arts with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, along with preparation for professions, careers, and community leadership.
Skidmore's campus is located in what was, at the turn of the twentieth century, a beautiful park of summer residences in Saratoga Springs, New York. The city's many attractions include the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, ten museums, a number of spas, and the famed Saratoga Race Course for thoroughbred horse racing. Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga Springs is a half-hour drive from the New York State capital at Albany and a three-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Communications and Marketing will serve as the College's chief communications officer, acting as a strategic and practical advisor to the President and senior staff in the development and execution of the College's communications and marketing plans for promoting the College and its mission. As the member of the senior staff overseeing the newly created Office of Communications and Marketing, he or she will lead a team of 20 to raise the awareness and reputation of Skidmore College as a top undergraduate liberal arts institution. The Office is responsible for the design and production of print and electronic publications, the College website, news and media relations, social media, photography, video, and the Skidmore magazine, Scope.
The inaugural Vice President will be a visionary, strategic and creative leader who will provide direction in building a unique “brand identity” regarding the distinctive features of Skidmore College. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in an equivalent setting with significant leadership experience in integrated marketing, public relations, market analysis, and communication whether in higher education or elsewhere. He or she will demonstrate a proven track record of creative, visionary, and collaborative leadership in the development of communication and marketing plans in coordination with multiple stakeholders. The College seeks an energetic and enthusiastic leader with excellent communication skills, someone particularly able to persuade, explain, and to communicate using words and images in print, digital, and social media, and with strong interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to the numerous and varied College constituencies.
The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence, to:
Steve Leo, Partner
Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
For more information about Skidmore College and its programs, please visit: www.skidmore.edu.
Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.