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Chief of Staff, Communications and Marketing

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Senior Vice Pres Advancement
Department: Communications and Marketing
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Advancement, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Administrative / Clerical

Job Description

The Chief of Staff provides strategic and operational leadership and support for the Vice President Communications and Marketing by providing management of administrative staff within the office of the Vice President Communications and Marketing. This role supports all aspects of the Vice President Communications and Marketing’s role, which includes serving the University and Advancement as the lead communicator and the lead of all communications and marketing work on behalf of the university and the division. This role is also a member of the Vice President Communications and Marketing’s Executive Leadership Team.

Other duties include:
• Overseeing priority work to meet the goals and needs of communications and marketing.
• Managing relationships and being a liaison with multiple levels of leadership and operations within Virginia Tech on behalf of the office of the VP of Communications and marketing.
• Providing strategic leadership and support supporting university’s priorities and the Five-Year Communications and Marketing plan.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree with relevant experience, or Master's degree
• Strong experience and background in Communications and Marketing
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, analytical, and organizational skills
• Significant experience in dealing with confidential and sensitive situations/information
• Capability of working in a fast-paced environment, balancing competing demands, setting priorities, and working effectively on a variety of tasks simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications

• Extensive experience in higher education
• Experience managing projects
• Communications and Marketing experience at the Director level
• Thorough knowledge of Virginia Tech Communications and Marketing platforms and tools, best practices, policies and procedures

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience 

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Additional Information

Unable to Sponsor Work Visas

Emergency Personnel

Considerable Walking, Standing, Bending, Stooping

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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