Cal Poly Pomona


Recruitment No. N/A
Administrative Grade Level Administrative Grade Level III
Collective Bargaining Unit N/A
College/Department University Relations/Division of University Advancement
Timebase Full-time
Type of Appointment Management Personnel Plan (MPP III)
Application Materials Required University Application, Letter of Interest , current Vitae or Resume, and References Required
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Recruitment Closing Date Open Until Filled. First consideration will be given to completed application packages received no later than June 2, 2014

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for University Relations (MPP Administrator III).  Reporting directly to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Associate Vice President for University Relations serves as the senior administrator for the Office of Public Affairs, managing and overseeing its operations, staff, budget and activities. The AVP manages the university’s central communication efforts including marketing, media relations, public information, online and digital communication, graphic design, photography, stewardship of the university brand, and development of messages that enhance the reputation of Cal Poly Pomona.  The Associate Vice President also oversees the operations, staff, budget and activities of the Offices of Alumni Affairs, Governmental Relations, University Events, and, as needed, serves on the President’s Cabinet. 


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions of the country.  Its “learn by doing” philosophy is embraced by over 22,000 ethnically diverse students enrolled in more than 50 baccalaureate and more than 25 master’s degree programs.  For additional information about the University, visit our website at


The Division of University Advancement’s primary purpose is to enhance private support for and knowledge of the university. The division comprises the Vice President’s Office, University Development, Major Gifts, Public Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Governmental Relations, Advancement Services, and the Events & Special Projects Office.


Bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, journalism, marketing or a related field from an accredited university.   Minimum of 5 years of experience in marketing, communications and/or public relations in a director or senior level position. Demonstrated experience and leadership in successfully managing staff and budget, working within a complex organization, particularly at a higher education level. Demonstrated experience in reputation management, emergency and crisis communication management, as well as staff and budget management.

Exemplary leadership and organizational skills, as well as excellent presentation, public speaking, writing and interpersonal skills. Creativity in program development and problem resolution, and the ability to complete projects under urgent deadlines.  Demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences and to interact with individuals on all levels, working in a team environment. Demonstrated understanding of multicultural issues and emerging communication technologies and channels.  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple priorities, and contribute to the success of the entire team.  Ability to travel overnight and to work evenings and weekends when needed.

The successful candidate must possess a valid California driver’s license and insurance within 30 days of hire.  In addition, the candidate must comply with the requirements set forth in “Driving on University Business” and will be entered into the DMV employer Pull Notice Program.  Visit the Risk Management website for more details:

Finalists for this position may be required to submit to and successfully pass a background check prior to being hired.


An advanced degree in communication, public relations, journalism, marketing, or a related field.  Demonstrated understanding of the contemporary issues and operational characteristics of California higher education, especially as they relate to the California State University system.


The University seeks to fill the position by summer 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Review of applications will begin on June 2, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  All applications must include (1) a completed university application; (2) a letter of interest that explains in detail the candidate’s experience and examples of how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement; (3) a current resume or curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references who can provide assessments of the candidate’s professional experience, accomplishments and prospects for success in this position. (Please include a brief note describing the relationship of the references to the applicant.)  

Please send electronic copies of application materials to:
Whitney Lopez, Administrative Support
AVP for University Relations Search Committee
c/o Office of the CIO - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Bldg. 98-T6-9
 Pomona, CA  91768-4020
(909) 979-6465


Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.


Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position is currently on the List of Conflict of Interest Designated Positions for Cal Poly Pomona.  This requires the filing of a statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every two years thereafter.  Visit the Conflict of Interest webpage for additional information:

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