Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University seeks an accomplished, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as Vice President for University Communications and Marketing. The vice president reports to President Farnam Jahanian and is a member of the president’s senior leadership team. The vice president will oversee the Division of University Communications and Marketing comprised of more than 40 talented and committed staff responsible for telling the university’s stories with a rich and authentic voice and representing the CMU Brand .

This is an exciting time to join the university as they are on the cutting edge of important initiatives including AI, robotics, sustainability, health, interplanetary travel, and artistic expression. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology, and business to public policy, the humanities, and the arts. CMU is positioned like never before to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

At the intersection of technology and humanity, CMU research, innovation, and creative activity across seven schools and colleges will continue to guide the future as a world-class university. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), CMU ranks No. 24 for national universities in U.S. News & World Report .

This is a global community of 15,000 students hailing from 127 countries, faculty representing 63 countries, and alumni representing 147 countries. The vice president will develop and implement a compelling, comprehensive communications and marketing strategy and program capable of meeting the institution’s objectives. The vice president will promote the university’s mission and preserve its standing as an international leader in higher education and research.

In addition, the vice president will create a unified vision for communications and marketing that delivers powerful and cohesive messaging and storytelling, enhances the brand, and furthers the goals of the entire university, including its individual colleges and administrative units as well as campuses and locations worldwide. The vice president will represent the university’s commitment to the transformative power of education, promote equity and inclusion, and support an environment of belonging. The vice president will be a relationship-oriented leader with strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness.

They will be an excellent oral and written communicator with the ability to articulate matters of complexity and nuance to multiple and varied groups of stakeholders. You should demonstrate: A proven record of success in an administrative position with responsibility for guiding strategy, developing employees, and fiscal planning. Proven record of fostering diversity, belonging and teamwork to create collaborative working relationships across culturally diverse groups.

A relationship-oriented leader with strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness. Excellent oral and written communication with a demonstrated ability to articulate matters of complexity and nuance to multiple and varied groups of stakeholders. Proven success developing and strategies to enhance institutional reputation and/or grow the audience for a large complex organization.

Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Knowledge of best practices, emerging issues, trends, and opportunities in university higher education communications; and Ability to implement and analyze data strategically to optimize the impact of marketing and communication tools and technology. Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon University.

Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

Qualifications : Education : A bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s or professional degree in marketing, communications, higher education, public relations or related discipline preferred. Experience : A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience.

Experience in crisis and reputation management, understanding and respect for shared governance in higher education; a deep understanding of and passion for the role of higher education preferred. Requirements: Successful background check Additional Information: Sponsorship: Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this opportunity.

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays.

Rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: . At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment.

Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the diverse perspectives you bring. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment means we also account for geographic differentials.

Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations. Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?!. Apply today!.

Nomination and Application Procedures: WittKieffer is assisting Carnegie Mellon University in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal at: Witt/Kieffer ( For fullest consideration candidate materials should be received by February 27, 2024. Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Melissa Fincher, Greg Duyck, and Jenna Brumleve at [email protected]. Location Pittsburgh, PA Job Function University Administration and Management Position Type Staff – Regular Full Time/Part time Full time Pay Basis Salary More Information: Please visit ” Why Carnegie Mellon ” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

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