Vice President for Communications and Marketing

DePauw University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Communications and Marketing. This cabinet level position will report directly to the President and serve as the University's chief communications and marketing officer and steward of the University's brand. Key responsibilities will include elevating and enhancing DePauw's national reputation and awareness through the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy, the direction of all communications, both routine and crisis-related, and the management of advertising activities.

DePauw is a nationally recognized, leading residential liberal arts college and school of music located 45 minutes from Indianapolis in Greencastle, Indiana (population 10,000). DePauw is dedicated to educating students from across the country and around the globe within a diverse and inclusive environment. For 179 years, the University has endeavored to innovate its academic approach to improve student outcomes and curate methods and pedagogy while maintaining the essence of a holistically beneficial liberal arts philosophy. DePauw's School of Music offers talented musicians the opportunity to develop their skills while receiving all the benefits of a strong liberal arts education. It lays claim to the heralded “21st-Century Musician Initiative,” a nationally recognized program which is re-imagining the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future. DePauw has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,265 and is ranked #53 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. New & World Report 2017.

The Vice President for Communications and Marketing provides leadership and works in close partnership with divisions, departments, offices, and schools to determine marketing goals, create effective strategies, implement tactics, and measure success. The Vice President is the primary contact with external agencies, research companies, and consultants engaged by the University for assistance in marketing initiatives. She or he is also the first point of contact for news outlets and constituents with questions for the University while also managing the dissemination of key internal messages across multiple perspectives and stakeholders.

The Vice President for Communications and Marketing reports directly to the President, is a valued member of the President's Cabinet, and works closely with leadership and colleagues across the University.

The Vice President for Communications and Marketing must be a strategic thinker as well as a media-savvy, high-energy individual with a proven track record of leading the design and execution of an innovative, proactive, and effective communications program that advanced an institution's brand or position in the marketplace. The Vice President must be committed to the mission of the University, embrace its values, and be dedicated to the pursuit of excellence locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Detailed information about the position, leadership agenda, desired skill sets, and application process are available in the search profile at Applications will be received until the position is filled, but in order to ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants should have all required materials on file by April 11, 2017.

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at to arrange confidential conversations.

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.