Position Advertisement

The search committee for the vice president and chief information officer has placed online ads in the following national higher education outlets:

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education (print ad to appear on July 26)
  • Inside Higher Education
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • Women in Higher Education
  • Hispanic Outlook
  • Higher Ed Jobs


The University at Buffalo (UB) seeks an experienced and forward-thinking professional to serve as its first vice president for communications. Reporting to the president, this position is a key strategic and leadership role in the UB administration. The vice president will be responsible for enhancing UB’s institutional image and managing the organization’s reputation as a leader among the nation’s premier higher education institutions through communications to a diverse spectrum of key internal and external audiences. 

The vice president will provide leadership to UB’s overarching communications enterprise, including all branding, marketing and public relations initiatives to include brand research and strategy; media strategy including digital, broadcast and print; internal communications; issues and crisis management; digital and social media; measurement and performance management to ensure accountability and continuous improvement; and innovation to capture new and emerging opportunities. The vice president must welcome the unique challenges and rewards of working as part of a collaborative culture. The successful candidate will offer substantial leadership experience of increasing responsibility and demonstrated success in a comparable and comprehensive senior-level communications role in a complex organization, and will have experience in, or familiarity with and appreciation for the priorities and complexities of a major public research university.

UB is the largest and most comprehensive university center in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1990. The university is guided by its ambitious UB 2020 vision, which seeks to expand the university’s distinction and relevance among the world’s foremost research universities and enhance UB’s prominence and impact as a recognized leader in responding to broadly defined societal challenges. With one of the nation’s largest international enrollments and affiliation agreements with over 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, UB is a global university in scope and impact, recognized around the world as a leading center for groundbreaking research and discovery. The 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings listed UB in the top 200 universities worldwide, affirming UB’s stature as one of the world’s preeminent universities.

The position is being elevated to a cabinet-level appointment with this recruitment, acknowledging the critical role of strategic and effective communications in advancing the university’s ambitious academic mission and in deepening and extending its impact and renown. UB is at a special point in its history when it is poised to tell impressive stories about the transformations it has created in teaching, research, and engagement over the last several years, and is actively realizing a bold vision for its future as a 21st century research university. This pivotal period provides the new vice president for communications a significant opportunity for branding and positioning to earn the university recognition commensurate with its accomplishments and potential.

The university has retained Heyman Associates to assist in this search, which will remain open until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent via email to: pwm@heymanassociates.com

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.