University of Colorado Denver - Vice Chancellor for University Communications

CO, Denver

The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks an experienced and inspiring leader to serve as its next vice chancellor for university communications.

Part of the University of Colorado System, CU Denver is a comprehensive urban research institution in metropolitan Denver. With eight schools and colleges, the university is home to more than 15,000 students and 1,138 faculty members and offers 110 degree programs both in-person and online. Reporting directly to Chancellor Michelle Marks, who joined the CU Denver community on July 1, 2020, the new vice chancellor will serve as a strategic communications advisor and active member of the university’s executive leadership.

The new vice chancellor will lead the development of a transformative marketing strategy and implement a strategic communications plans that repositions the institution. The vice chancellor will develop and lead the university’s external and internal communications, news media relations, social media, and brand vision, and support efforts to recruit students, attract world-class faculty and staff, engage the civic and business communities, and motivate students, alumni, parents, and donors.

CU Denver seeks a vice chancellor who will be a skilled communicator, possess an instinct for win-win solutions, and proactively engage and develop relationships with colleagues to ensure that the interests of all constituents are understood and represented. The vice chancellor will be skilled in advancing the mission of the university as well as its reputation and identity as a leading academic and research institution. CU Denver is committed to an ethical foundation, sense of shared responsibility, and culture of trust, and the new vice chancellor must possess impeccable moral character and conviction in serving the greater good of the university.

The vice chancellor will join the university as it prepares to launch a university-wide strategic planning process in January 2021 and celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary in 2023. This is a timely opportunity for an institutionally-ambitious leader to join a new chancellor and a mission-driven and dedicated executive team that, together with the full participation of CU Denver’s community, is elevating the impact and reach of the university.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Friday, October 23, 2020. Interested parties may apply using the buttons below. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. For more information, questions or nominations, please contact CU Denver’s consultants, Melissa Fincher, Jen Pickard Ph.D., and Robin Mamlet at:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.