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University of Guelph

Vice-President (External)

Posted On: April 28, 2023
Closing On: June 12, 2023

Location: Guelph, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $220-$250K

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The University of Guelph is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts and humanities, business, social sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture, and veterinary sciences. Its students, faculty, and staff pursue active inquiry and exercise creativity across a range of disciplines. With campuses in Guelph, Ridgetown, and Toronto (University of Guelph-Humber in partnership with Humber College), the U of G is home to nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students, including over 1,400 international students from over 120 countries. With a strong focus on its new strategic plan, the University of Guelph’s vision is to strive for global excellence, strengthen the University’s commitment to Indigenization, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reimagine the student experience.

The University is seeking a seasoned and strategic leader for the role of Vice-President (External). This dynamic professional will be charged with advancing and enhancing Guelph’s brand, reputation, and relationships with its many stakeholders, and will provide leadership to advancement, communications and marketing. They will have overall responsibility for advancing the University’s commitment to internationalization and global impact, and will provide strategic counsel to the President on all issues related to institutional reputation. In addition, they will support the President in their role as chief spokesperson for the University.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned and strategic leader with broad and deep experience in communications and advancement. They will have earned their experience in an organization of complexity and, ideally, will have some knowledge of the particular issues in post-secondary education. They will possess outstanding communications skills, be a superb relationship-builder, and have a natural inclination to seek consensus and work effectively in a highly collegial environment.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of the University.

Applications are encouraged immediately at The Committee’s consideration of candidates will commence in May, with the Vice-President (External) taking office in the summer of 2023. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Julia Robarts and Sarah Piotrkowski of Odgers Berndtson at