Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Communications

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) seeks an innovative and strategic leader as Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Public Affairs and Communications. Reporting to the Chancellor, the AVC is the senior public affairs and communications executive for the campus and is the primary contact for all campus media. The AVC will be joining the University at a critical time as the institution is in the early stages of a new branding effort, and the next AVC will be expected to create and execute a comprehensive and integrative branding strategy for UC Santa Barbara. This strategy will promote the academic excellence and research prominence of UC Santa Barbara while also highlighting its beautiful location and collegial culture to the nation and the world. In doing so, the AVC will have the opportunity to work across all divisions of the institution and with the surrounding community to shape and solidify UC Santa Barbara’s premier brand for the future.

UC Santa Barbara enrolls approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students, yet with only five colleges and professional schools, it offers the benefits of a premier research university with a focus on the undergraduate learning experience. As one of the top research universities in the nation and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of California, Santa Barbara is renowned for its talented faculty and students, its interdisciplinary research emphasis and its excellent academic programs. Six of its faculty members are Nobel laureates, and in 2009, a UC Santa Barbara alumna was awarded a Nobel Prize as well. In 2016, Times Higher Education ranked UC Santa Barbara #9 worldwide for producing Nobel laureates in the 21st century. The campus is ranked among the top ten U.S. public universities by U.S. News & World Report, #48 among the world’s top 200 universities by Times Higher Education, and #42 in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. UC Santa Barbara is also the first and only member of the Association of American Universities to receive the federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university has in recent decades increased its visibility and significantly raised its standing in academic circles; has recruited and retained brilliant faculty, highly motivated students, and dedicated staff; enhanced research and education programs; supported outstanding students with scholarships and graduate fellowships; built world-class facilities and strengthened the UC Santa Barbara endowment. Yet despite all this, UC Santa Barbara’s story is not well known. The AVC will work with the Chancellor, campus leadership team, and other campus constituents to build a comprehensive communications and branding vision and strategy, enhance institutional communications and public affairs activities internally and externally, and strategically develop and leverage resources to expand the reach of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. In so doing, s/he will thoughtfully and strategically communicate UC Santa Barbara’s achievements, thereby increasing the University’s visibility nationally and internationally with academic, government, philanthropic, corporate and other audiences. The AVC will also provide guidance and strategic counsel on all matters related to University marketing and communications to the Chancellor, campus leaders, and the UC Santa Barbara Foundation.

UC Santa Barbara has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. To be considered for this position, please go to, search for job number 20160117, and complete the brief online Supplement to Resume. In addition, please submit a detailed letter of application, resume, list of 8 references to Isaacson, Miller at www.imsearch/5701. Electronic submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations can be submitted at the same website.

Regan Gough, Lindsay Gold and Brett Barbour

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.