Fresno State campus

Associate Vice President for University Communications

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fresno
Categories: MPP, Marketing/Communications, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

Associate Vice President for University Communications
(Administrator III)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $135,000 - $137,000 per year, commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.

This is a full-time, exempt, CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position. 

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of University Advancement, the Associate Vice President (AVP) for University Communications coordinates strategic communications to build trust, understanding and support for the University. This role oversees a wide range of complex communication strategies requiring outstanding experience in issues management, executive communications, media management, public relations, crisis communications, and social media. Additionally, the incumbent must possess exceptional organizational skills, originality, mature judgment and a thorough knowledge of the academic and administrative structure of the campus.

The Associate Vice President is a member of the University Cabinet and the University Advancement Executive Team. The Associate Vice President is responsible for internal and external institutional communications. This position manages and participates in news and information gathering and dissemination through print, electronic, audio/visual, social media and web-based communication.


Key Qualifications

  • Ability to advise the president and senior cabinet of the university on communications strategies to positively advance the university’s mission and vision.
  • Excellent journalistic, verbal and written communication skills with ability to develop and implement a multi-faceted communications plan involving web, social, video, print, and spoken word.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop and effectively lead a productive team.
  • Understanding and experience in social media as part of a communications strategy.
  • Advanced knowledge of the academic and administrative structure of universities, as well as trends and emerging issues in the realm of higher education at a state and national level strongly preferred.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in communications, journalism, public relations or related field.
  • Five years of direct experience in communications, journalism, public relations or related field.
  • Direct-line experience managing and leading teams to advance a vision.
  • Experience advising senior leadership on internal and external communications strategies.
  • Knowledge of the operations of news organizations and understanding of current technology and techniques to inspire engagement and enhance communication.
  • Experience and competence in working with culturally diverse internal and external audiences.


Department Summary

University Advancement ensures that a strong brand inspires and deepens the University’s bond with the public it serves. As such, it advances communications that uplift the image and reputation of the University and supports the University Strategic Plan.


Application Instructions

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

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