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Loyola Marymount University

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Loyola Marymount University | Vice President for Communications and Public Relations

Los Angeles, California

Loyola Marymount University, a top-ranked Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount institution in Los Angeles, seeks a deeply seasoned, creative, and nimble Vice President (VP) for Communications and Public Relations. Reporting to the Senior Vice President (SVP) for Marketing, Communications, and External Relations, the Vice President oversees an inclusive, integrated, interdisciplinary, and proactive communications and public relations unit that generates high-quality content for all university channels and proactively advances a consistent, beneficial, and elevated public image of the institution. Leading a matrixed organization of more than 30 team members, the Vice President will lead teams with responsibility for academic communications, advancement communications, athletics communications and media relations, internal communications, public and media relations, and LMU Loyola Law School communications and marketing. As the University's senior spokesperson, the VP will manage high risk or high impact issues with the news media and press and will write, review, edit, and approve the University's most visible strategic communications, press releases, talking points, statements, publications, and channel content.

The successful candidate for the Vice President for Communications and Public Relations is an accomplished communications and public affairs professional with progressive leadership experience in higher education, non-profit, or other comparable business setting, with an understanding of the unique aspects of a higher education environment. They will demonstrate experience creating and managing a comprehensive, integrated communications and public relations strategy for internal and external constituencies in a complex and high stakes environment. They will have expertise in a complex communications ecosystem and will demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills.

The next VP will have a minimum of 10 years of related communications and/or public relations experience in positions of increasing responsibility, preferably within higher education with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a senior leadership role with a hands-on collaborative style with cross-disciplinary direct reports and/or teams. A Master's degree, ideally with a specialization in communications, journalism, and/or business management or related fields and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) or equivalent training in public relations practices preferred.

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Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $200,000 -$210,000 with a generous benefits package designed to support physical, mental, and financial wellness. LMU also offers a range of tuition remission and exchange programs to faculty, staff, and eligible family members.


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Loyola Marymount University, founded in 1911, is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. LMU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and programs. The Graduate Division offers 29 master’s degrees, one doctoral degree and 15 credential programs.

LMU generates more than $250 million annually in direct economic activity in Southern California and employs more than 2,240 people. Students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations. LMU was named a 2007 “Treasure of Los Angeles.” Many programs, including the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Bioethics Institute, the School of Education and the Dept. of Natural Science, make L.A.’s politics, healthcare, education and environment part of the curriculum. Loyola Law School is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement.

At Loyola Marymount University, diversity is fundamental to our mission and identity. But, a diverse campus takes time to develop and flourish. It is a work in progress that involves each and every one of us: student, faculty, and staff.

LMU must be a place where people feel free to say what they think and where they also listen with respect to what others say -- not simply in the classroom but also in residence halls and dining rooms, in staff and faculty meetings, and whenever two people talk on the bluff. Through speaking and listening, we probe diversity, work though the challenges it poses, and reveal the richness of its promise.

With sweeping vistas of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Loyola Marymount University is situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with an estimated population of 4 million. Residential development is booming, cultural institutions are multiplying, and retail and entertainment options are thriving on an unprecedented scale. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer, and use it as a laboratory for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.


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