Associate Vice President Strategic Communications and Marketing

Associate Vice President Strategic Communications and Marketing

San Jose, CA

Posted: 03.10.2018

San Jose State University seeks a seasoned executive to lead the university’s communications, marketing, and brand positioning in support of a new strategic plan, Inspiring Our Journey, and its second comprehensive campaign.

Located at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, San Jose is the third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the United States. The university’s 154-acre metropolitan campus is at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, the global hub of technology innovation and America’s leading patent-generating city.

San Jose State, founded in 1857 and the oldest public college or university on the west coast, is where the past meets the future of California and beyond. SJSU’s approximately 33,000 students comprise a vibrant and inclusive on-campus population mirroring California’s demographics and collectively pursue degrees in 134 programs within eight colleges of the university.

A comprehensive strategic positioning document, SJSU Power Source: A Multi-Platform Communication Guide, provides a brand roadmap for the university. As leader of the SJSU communications team, the AVP will participate fully in shaping overall strategy for university communications as a key adviser to the president and vice president for university relations.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communications and public affairs professional with a history of success in a college or university, significant cultural organization, or comparable organization. The successful candidate will present: an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with preference for an advanced degree; a minimum of ten years of experience with at least five years serving at the director level or above, preferably in higher education; a background of progressively increased responsibility in a comprehensive and sophisticated communications program, including supervision of experienced, creative staff; and, a thorough working knowledge of communications planning and metrics-driven outcomes. Experience with capital or comprehensive campaign case statements and fundraising communications in a college or university is highly desirable.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Vance T. Peterson, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search. Contact at or 818-304-5233. Prospective candidates are invited to review the search profile for additional information as well as instructions for applying. Although applications will be accepted until an appointment is made, candidates should submit materials as soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2018 for full consideration.


San Jose State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer