Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey announces a national search for its inaugural vice chancellor for communications and marketing, Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The vice chancellor will be charged with launching and leading a newly-created administrative unit, reporting to the chancellors of the two largest units of the university: its flagship campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and its comprehensive medical education and research division, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege programming; undergraduate to graduate education; postdoctoral fellowships to residencies; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; conducting research that breaks new ground; and providing services, solutions and clinical care that help individuals and the local, state, national and global communities. Through its community of teachers, scholars, artists, scientists and healers, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers began nearly 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’ flagship is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It is home to internationally acclaimed faculty, has 12 degree-granting schools and a Division I Athletics program. It is the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse university.
As New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University—New Brunswick and collaborating universitywide, RBHS now consists of eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.
The vice chancellor serves as a member of each chancellor’s cabinet and is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the affiliated communications units and shared services. The vice chancellor will advise both chancellors about strategic opportunities and initiatives that will advance the profile and brand of each campus; develop a compelling narrative about the significant education, scholarship, research and public service offered by both Rutgers—New Brunswick and RBHS; lead the units in their response in crisis and emergency communications; represent the units as their spokesperson to the local, state, national and global communities; and inspire, develop and lead a talented staff of communications professionals. This is a compelling opportunity for an experienced and talented communications leader who is adept at managing enormous complexity and possibility—in both higher education and health care—to work at the center of two world-class campuses engaged with some of society’s most pressing issues, serving as a strategic thought partner to two chancellors as they tackle an ambitious set of agendas at the leading edge of education and health care globally and leading the division that supports this work.
Qualified applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of experience in communications, marketing media relations or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be a strategic thinker, proven problem-solver and must work well in highly collaborative environments. Must be able to handle multiple competing priorities and work confidently, diplomatically and decisively under stress. Requires strong experience managing teams and/or employees of varying backgrounds and skills. Must have experience developing and executing short- and long-term communications plans. Experience using data to influence decisions and to report effectiveness is strongly desired. Strong written and verbal communications skills are required. A master’s degree and experience at an institute of higher education is strongly preferred.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. To apply candidates should visit https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/44826 and provide a professional résumé; a letter of interest that addresses the themes, responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at www.wittkieffer.com; and the names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge of and approval by the candidate.
Any questions can be sent via-email to consultants Robin Mamlet, Sheila Murphy and Melissa Fincher at RutgersVCCommunications@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone via the desk of Leslie Donahue at (630) 575-6178.
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