Overview

Adelphi University, a private Doctoral/Professional University in the historic Garden City, New York, invites applications and nominations for the newly-created position of Chief Communications Officer (CCO).
Reporting to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Communications, the CCO will be a key member of the University Communication and Marketing leadership team. The inaugural CCO will be a change-maker; responsible for creating an innovative and well-coordinated communications strategy for internal and external audiences. Although much has been accomplished, the goals of raising Adelphi’s reputation, raising rankings, and positioning Adelphi as a top-tier institution for families, media, alumni, and partners require proven expertise and leadership in change management.                                                          
The CCO oversees the activities of the Executive Communications team, supporting the delivery of messages from key executive functions across the University, along with the coordination and management of public relations, social media, and crisis management. This individual proactively manages the development and execution of a communications strategy, ensuring key messages are delivered to relevant stakeholders, and that diverse communities are thoughtfully engaged with communications that are inclusive and culturally sensitive.
The CCO will work closely with the Chief Marketing and Branding Officer to ensure brand and messaging alignment.
Qualifications and Competencies
The Chief Communications Officer must be a collaborative leader who can provide both operational and visionary direction with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness. They will be a relationship builder with the ability to mentor staff and provide a high level of service across the University.
Creativity and innovation are required, as is the ability to move smoothly from a big-picture view to rolling up one’s sleeves and helping to execute the vision.

Additional Requirements
  • Expertise in integrated communications, public/media relations, and speech writing, including creating a wide range of communications materials and building a social media presence.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change, and to provide leadership, including strategic direction and tactical execution when necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, and reward high-quality, diverse staff with a management style that delegates authority, mentors and empowers staff, sets high and equitable expectations, and holds departmental colleagues accountable.
  • Experience using data and metrics to drive decision-making.
  • Commitment to transparency and continuous improvement.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills, along with a clear sense of goals and timelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate and build consensus. 
  • Ability to prioritize projects in a high volume/stress, complex, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to condense complex messages into consistent, concise, and easy-to-understand messaging for different audiences as appropriate.
  • Strong computer skills including using Gmail, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

To Apply
Adelphi has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Sarah Gaines, Partner, and Chris Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should go to chris.stadler@opuspartners.net. The search process will unfold with the greatest possible attention to candidate confidentiality. Required application materials include a resume and cover letter.
Adelphi University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer. Qualified women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.


 
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