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North Dakota State University
Posted: 06/29/2023
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

North Dakota State University
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

North Dakota State University, an R1 research, land-grant institution, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for Vice President for Communications and Marketing (VPCM). The Vice President will lead the division of University Relations and serve as a Cabinet officer and instrumental advisor to President David Cook, who was named NDSU’s 15th president in February 2022. The VPCM will be a critical partner with campus leadership in advancing the local, regional, and national stature of the University. This individual will oversee the University’s internal and external communications strategies, university branding, media relations, and crisis management communications.

In particular, the VPCM will work hand-in-hand with the enrollment and admissions team to provide pioneering, deliberate communications services to enhance the University’s visibility and reputation as well as expand recruiting efforts to increase enrollment. As a result, the VPCM will need to demonstrate an inclusive and facilitative leadership style that inspires and empowers staff, encourages open communication and collaboration across campus, and solicits new ideas from a variety of stakeholders.

NDSU’s main campus is located in the vibrant and growing city of Fargo, North Dakota, with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the state. Fargo is North Dakota’s largest city, and together with its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. Moreover, Fargo is an increasingly cosmopolitan area, with steady and notable growth over the past few years in its cultural and ethnic diversity.

To learn more about the VPCM opportunity, additional information about the scope and responsibilities of the position, and the required and desired characteristics sought in the VPCM, please click https://academicsearch.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/8/NDSUVPCMProfile.pdf.

North Dakota State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Lisa Ryan at https://tinyurl.com/3ddyd23n or Andrea Cowsert at https://tinyurl.com/mr3ze9p8.

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to https://tinyurl.com/5yb3wfjm. Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the https://academicsearch.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/8/NDSUVPCMProfile.pdf; a curriculum vitae; and a list of at least five professional references with contact information, including telephone and email, and a note indicating the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by  August 1, 2023, can be assured full consideration. To learn more about North Dakota State University, please visit https://www.ndsu.edu/.

North Dakota State University (NDSU) is fully committed to equal opportunity in its employment decisions and educational programs and activities, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and in furtherance of appropriate affirmative action efforts. NDSU prohibits discrimination and harassment against any individual on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran, or participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer. Direct inquiries to: Dr. Canan Bilen-Green, Vice Provost, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, NDSU Main Campus, Fargo, ND, 58108, 701-231-7708, ndsu.eoaa@ndsu.edu.