Vice President for Communications

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Vice President for Communications

LocationGalesburg, Illinois

Employment TypeFull-Time Benefited


Knox College is seeking a Vice President for Communications to join the president’s senior leadership team at this historic liberal arts college. The new Vice President will chart the direction of the College’s strategic communications and messaging to prospective students and parents, alumni, donors, the on‐campus community, and other critical regional and national audiences, promoting a climate of support and engagement among key constituencies.

Knox has a proud reputation for its one‐of‐a‐kind academic experiences and its inclusive and creative community. Recognized as one of the 50 most diverse campuses in the U.S., Knox has a nearly 200-year-long commitment to keeping a high‐quality liberal arts education available to all promising students, regardless of background.

In this role, the VP for Communications can expect to:

  • Work closely with the president on priority institutional communications, leadership messaging, media outreach, and more.

  • Collaborate with the president and senior staff on strategic planning, crisis management, trustee engagement, and campus institutional leadership.

  • Strategize with the leadership of Advancement and Admission on, respectively, critical fundraising and recruitment communications across all media and outreach channels and platforms.

  • Set the vision for and provide leadership and guidance to an outstanding team of 10 communications and marketing professionals, including writers, designers, developers, photographers, and videographers.

  • Develop a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy, complete with priority messages, a creative tactical plan, and ambitious outreach goals.

  • Oversee internal college communications, providing the community with access to announcements, activities, and events to maintain and enhance a cohesive campus culture.

  • Ensure Knox is capitalizing on new and emerging technologies that effectively combine with print and digital media for maximum strategic impact and reach, in service to core Knox priorities.

  • Provide articulate and persuasive messaging on the value proposition of a liberal arts education.

Knox is looking for a strategic leader, an experienced and savvy communications and marketing professional who is an imaginative, nimble, and innovative thinker. A sense of humor will be welcome. The successful candidate will be a collaborative campus leader with proven management skills and an enthusiastic, energetic self‐starter with a keen attention to detail. Our new communications leader must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects and be comfortable leading not only our internal creative team but also partnering with other College departments, outside agencies and vendors, living and working as part of a vibrant multicultural community.

Other requirements:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree; advanced degree is preferred.

  • A minimum of seven years of managerial roles in communications or marketing— showing progressive development of skills and leadership in higher education or related nonprofits.

  • Experience with or in‐depth knowledge of best uses of a wide array of communications media, including print, social, web, video, and design.

  • Readiness to serve as an effective college spokesperson, including in a crisis, and to play an instrumental role in all crisis management.

  • Experience working directly with news media or proven ability to provide guidance, counsel, and insight on presidential and college news‐media outreach.

  • Familiarity with the higher education environment preferred.

How to apply:
Please complete a brief application and upload your resume and cover letter at by Clicking Apply Now. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check. This search is being conducted in collaboration with Ballentine Consulting Partners, which will manage all communication with applicants throughout the process of application through finalist interviews.

For more information about the position and Knox College, please see the position prospectus.

For more information about Knox College, please visit‐knox. Or check us out on film at

Meg Kimmel and Tom Kazee, of Ballentine Consulting Partners, are assisting Knox College with this search.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.

Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination should be directed to the Title IX coordinator identified below. The coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to Title IX and this policy.

Lead Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

309-341-7751 office | 309-337-6536 cell

[email protected]

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Crystal D. Bohm

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

309-341-7200 office

[email protected]

Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Telephone: 312-730-1560

[email protected]




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Posted: 7/4/2019
Application Due: 10/6/2019
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