Vice President for CommunicationLuther College
invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Communication. Located in the vibrant town of Decorah
in northeastern Iowa, Luther is an undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church
(ELCA) that emphasizes the intersection of the liberal arts and vocation as a force for action and service.
Luther College today is in a strong position, with much to celebrate. Ranked among the top liberal arts colleges, Luther is nationally recognized for its foundational Paideia program, the number of students awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships, and the percentage of students who study abroad. Luther's program in music enjoys international distinction, and the college is a leader in environmental sustainability. Within months of graduation, nearly 100 percent of Luther graduates are employed, engaged in graduate or professional study, or involved in volunteer service. Luther graduates push the frontiers of science; build thriving businesses; educate and nurture children; address disease, poverty, and injustice; develop new technologies; protect the earth and promote sustainability; strengthen faith; and create art and music that elevate the spirit and nourish humanity. Luther's residential setting in a vibrant town surrounded by natural beauty invites immersion and exploration. Luther exists at the intersection of passionate people and big ideas. The college offers more than 60 majors, minors and programs
to teach its students new skills and elevate their passions. These programs are housed in 24 academic departments
is a hidden gem that lies in the Driftless Region, a beautiful environment of rolling hills, sandstone bluffs, waterfalls, and spring-fed creeks. And the community of Decorah is just as unique and inviting as the landscape. Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, which has a population over 7,500. Going to Luther is synonymous with living in beautiful Decorah and over 1,000 alumni live in the city.
The Division of Communication
works to enhance and promote the Luther brand in close partnership with all campus constituencies. The division is tasked with communicating Luther's key messages to the college's primary audiences, including prospective students, alumni and friends, current and prospective donors, the campus community, and the local and global communities. Communication develops programs to enhance and promote the image of Luther College by working closely with on-campus constituencies.
The Vice President for Communication (VPC) will lead a division devoted to affirming and elevating the importance of internal and external communication, marketing, programming, and public relations in support of Luther College's brand and mission. Reporting to the President, the VPC will work with collaborative partners in the President's Cabinet to advance the College's strategic framework. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader and strategist with demonstrated skills in data-informed brand management and communication across multiple channels and modalities.
• Demonstrated experience in marketing, journalism, communication, brand management, or related fields required.
• Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
• Sufficient experience in executing on recent and future-looking strategies for marketing, communications, and public/external relations at a level appropriate to provide leadership to a broad division.
• Experience in higher education or a deep appreciation for and commitment to mission-based non-profit organizations–including higher education and its transformational role in society–as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms.
• Solid knowledge of current market research, data analysis, channels, trends, and methodologies used in marketing and communications, as well as the temperament necessary to lead and manage change in a fast-paced and quickly evolving field and industry in a division with 20+ employees.
• Exceptional communication and presentation skills.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of essential duties and responsibilities, is available at this link: https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/entry/15734/?search=15734How to Apply:
Applications should consist of a substantial letter of interest, a resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:LutherVPC@academicsearch.org
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Friday, August 4, 2023, can be assured full consideration. The university is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org
and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org
. Further information about Luther College is available at https://www.luther.edu/
.Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.
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