Executive director of communications for VCUarts


About the Role

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) seeks an executive director of communications to lead communications, marketing and public relations activities that promote the school to both external and internal audiences.  

The executive director of communications manages the strategies, personnel, budget, projects, deliverables and day-to-day operations of a robust unit with the School of the Arts.  This also includes designing and directing media campaigns, representing VCUarts at media events, coordinating with the school’s development and brand strategy teams, faculty and student affairs, the communications office at VCUarts Qatar, and VCU’s University Relations office. The successful candidate brings experience and energy to lead and inspire an integrated communications team around a shared vision for the school’s long-term success. 

Reporting to the dean of the School of the Arts, the executive director of communications will direct print and digital media (design and production), donor and alumni publications, website content and management, public relations, internal communications, photography and videography, social media and crisis communications. The ideal candidate will have significant and demonstrated experience in writing, editing, design and marketing, and will have a vital role in developing and executing a communications strategy that both furthers the Dean’s vision and priorities, and leverages the school’s national and international prominence.  

Ranked by US News & World Report as a top-five arts and design school, VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu) includes over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students with nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. Students are taught by over 175 full-time teaching and research faculty members, and the school is supported by over 50 staff members that assist in daily processes. The School of the Arts includes two campuses, one in Richmond and one in Doha, Qatar. The Richmond campus is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in the city’s historic Fan District.

How to apply

VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU job portal located at the link below:

VCU job portal: https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/2514?c=vcu

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Tanya-Lee Giscombe. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. 

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Tanya-Lee Giscombe @ tlsgiscombe@vcu.edu