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The University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks a strategic, collaborative, and innovative executive to serve as its first vice chancellor for strategic communication to elevate its reputation as one of the nation’s leading research universities at a pivotal time in the university’s history and under the direction of a new chancellor.
On August 4, 2022, Jennifer L. Mnookin became the 30th leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison or Wisconsin) following a unanimous vote by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents (Regents). Since its founding in 1848, Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and major research institution, its students, staff, and faculty engage in a world-class education while solving real-world problems. Considered a “Public Ivy,” it is one of twelve founding members of the Association of American Universities.
Reporting to Chancellor Mnookin and serving as a member of her leadership team, the vice chancellor for strategic communication (VCSC) will play a critical role in helping UW–Madison convey its academic and research strengths; commitments to excellence and access; importance in national and global dialogues; and contributions to local, national, and international communities. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and accomplished communications and marketing professional to partner with the new chancellor of an AAU and Big Ten university, working with senior administration and key stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy that clearly lays out university-wide priorities and messages while also allowing for distinct sub-brands and messages for each of the schools and units.
The VCSC will have a clear record of accomplishments as an innovative and collaborative leader in a large, mission-driven organization—ideally, a complex university setting—with substantial experience developing and implementing multifaceted communications and marketing efforts that position and elevate the awareness and understanding of an institution with multiple audiences – internally, externally, and with a variety of politically and culturally diverse communities and stakeholders. This person will possess exceptional diplomacy, judgment, and integrity; a full understanding of the marketing, branding, and communications process from creative conceptualization to implementation; expert knowledge of traditional, digital, video, and emerging media; experience in crisis communications; and demonstrated success fostering an inclusive team culture and building an efficient, cohesive, and collaborative team. The VCSC must be able to articulate a vision for marketing and communications that advances UW–Madison’s reputation – across the state, nationally, and internationally – and inspires internal communications partners across the organization. Equally important are a collaborative, collegial orientation and the flexibility to navigate a large and complex university community. A bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of demonstrated senior leadership are required.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this important recruitment. To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by Friday, April 28. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with intent letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website.
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