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Vice President of Marketing & Communications

McMurry University seeks motivated, collaborative, visionary
candidates for the position of Vice President for Marketing &
Communications.

The University: Founded in 1923 as a United
Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant
and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a
national reputation for excellence and value through the
achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University
enrolls more than 1,100 students and has an average class size of
16. No graduate assistants teach courses and 77% of our professors
have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline.

Offering a diverse academic curriculum, students can choose from
45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well
as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry,
engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. The
three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a
subject outside their major and the Servant Leadership Program
teaches students about ethics and helps develop leadership
qualities.

The McMurry commitment to academic excellence and student
engagement continues to flourish. We boldly look to the future and
are proud of the strategic roadmap created to take us there.
Widespread enthusiasm, coupled with an across the board
implementation and execution of the final Centennial Plan, will
ensure that McMurry University continues to serve its students for
a second century. For more information, please review the McMurry
Strategic Plan 2014-23.

The Vice President: The Vice President for
Marketing and Communications for McMurry University reports
directly to the President and has responsibility for overall
communications, research-based messaging, marketing, and branding
activity. The Vice President serves as the University's chief
marketing and communications officer and is a key member of the
University's senior leadership team. The Vice President represents
and promotes the University, increasing its visibility and
supporting the institution's mission, vision, and goals. The Vice
President leads the development and implementation of the
University's brand vision, strategy, and public relations campaigns
to attract the best students, motivate alumni and donors, and
recruit high quality faculty and staff. The Vice President oversees
university communications, publications, photography, web and
social media, and athletics communications. In addition to leading
the University's central team of marketing and communications
professionals, the Vice President provides strategic direction and
coordinates marketing and communications produced by other academic
and administrative units. This position is critical to supporting
evening and/or weekend activities, meetings and seminars. Frequent
travel is required.

Required Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree with a major in marketing, communications,
public relations, journalism, business administration, or a related
field is required;
A master's degree and/or a professional certification in
marketing or public relations is preferred. An effective on-camera
presence is considered a plus;
At least five years of experience in marketing and/or
communications;
A record of success in progressively responsible
positions;
At least three years of management experience;
Experience in, or understanding of, marketing, public
relations, media relations, digital media, news and information,
video production, photography, publications, and athletics
communications;
Demonstrated leaderships skills;
Management experience in staff development, budgeting,
research, and customer service;
Exceptional skills in communications, marketing, and
interpersonal relations;
The ability to develop and implement strategic communications
and research-based marketing plans;
Expertise in making presentations and communicating with the
media, especially in a crisis or controversial situation;
A commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and an
awareness of issues affecting women and minorities; and
The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to
engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Compensation: Compensation will correspond to
the experience and credentials of the candidate, and will reflect
the leadership responsibilities of the position. Reasonable
relocation assistance will be provided.

NOMINATIONS and APPLICATIONS: EFL
Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting
McMurry University with its search for
this important position. All calls and inquiries should be made
through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held
in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until
the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission
of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public.
In addition, no contact to references will be made without prior
approval of the candidate.

For more information about McMurry University and the Vice
President role (including duties & responsibilities), please
review the
Position Profile. If the direct link doesn't
work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click
on Open Positions and Higher Education.

Applications should include:

A letter of introduction outlining the applicant's background,
and qualifications for the position. (This letter should
specifically address the leadership attributes and professional
competencies for this position.)
Curriculum vitae/résumé.
Contact information (e-mail addresses are
required) for five professional references, at least
one of which is a person who has reported directly to you, a second
who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom the
applicant has reported directly.

Please note:

All documents should be submitted electronically in
PDF Format through the following website:

Application deadline is September 1, 2018.

The start date will be negotiated with the candidate,
preferably no later than December 1, 2018.

Confidential inquiries and nominations can be directed to:

Steve Waldron, JD
Senior Consultant & Managing Director, Higher Education
Practice, EFL Associates
Direct Line: or

Nominations, search process questions and assistance with
PeopleAdmin (the candidate portal) can be directed to:

Ms. Angela Lilje
Project Manager, Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates
Direct Line: or

McMurry University is committed to equal opportunity in
employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, gender, national origin, age, veteran's status, or
against qualified disabled persons in employment or the provision
of services, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local
laws. Category: Marketing & Biz Dev , Keywords: VP Marketing Communications

 

Location: Abilene, United States
Employment Type: Permanent
Category: Advert / Media / Entertainment