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Vice President for External Relations
University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas
Date Posted 05/20/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Title
Vice President for External Relations
UIW Mission

University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.

Position Summary

The Vice President for External Relations manages the functional areas of Development & University Relations, Communications and Brand Marketing, and Athletics. The opportunity exists for reorganization of these functional areas. The governing managerial philosophy of the University is collegial decision making. Position reports directly to the University President.

This position is considered a “Responsible Employee” under Title IX federal regulations and “Mandatory Reporter” under Texas state law and the UIW Sexual Misconduct Policy. As a Mandatory Reporter, this position requires you as the employee to promptly report any incident that you witness or receive information about violating Title IX. These reporting responsibilities are set out in the UIW Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Job Duties

Job Duty Name
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Description of Job Duty
  • Oversee planning, organization, development, and administration of programs and activities geared to generate understanding and awareness of the University by the external community, both individually and in tandem with other administrative officers of the University.
  • Establish, initiate, and develop relationships with external constituents for the purposes of donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Establish current and long-term goals for the departments of Development & University Relations, Communications and Brand Marketing, and Athletics in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan and Vision.
  • Oversee the department of Development & University Relations with responsibility for planning, organization, and designing capital and comprehensive campaigns and fundraising plans that provide financial support for the University in the areas of current operations, capital needs, endowments, student financial assistance, and faculty development.
  • Oversee the department of Communications and Brand Marketing with responsibility for design, planning, development and implementation of University-wide cohesive communications, marketing plans and campaigns for effective market positioning, brand awareness and brand recognition of the University brand; planning, promotion and production of major campus-wide events that highlight the University of the Incarnate Word to internal and external constituencies; and serve as the President’s liaison to the news media.
  • Oversee the Department of Athletics, with responsibility for the development, management, coordination, and supervision of the University’s National Collegiate Athletics Association Division I intercollegiate athletics program.
  • Keep the President, the Provost, the other Vice Presidents and members of the University Board of Trustees informed of and involved in the plans, projects and progress of all activities within the areas of responsibility.
  • Establish and foster working relationships with the various campus constituents to implement presidential initiatives, the University Strategic Plan and Vision, and to work toward a smooth and efficient operation of the University as a whole.
  • Work closely with the Chief of Staff, the President’s Cabinet, and the President’s Advisory Council in shepherding and coordinating initiatives.
  • In conjunction with the Chief of Staff and the Director of Presidential Communications, support internal and external communications and reports to and from the President, as directed by the Chief of Staff and the President.
  • Maintain an open and collaborative communication flow with the Office of the President, the Chief of Staff, and campus and external constituencies, including the alumni association, the Cardinal Club, University boards and committees, boards on which the President serves, and the media, as necessary to foster positive Presidential and University relations.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Council.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent supervision, leadership, team building, and negotiating skills with ability to delegate, motivate, and inspire team members.
  • Ability to handle a variety of matters that may arise at a private institution of higher education with academic complexity that includes a high school, international campuses, and domestic traditional programs, professional medical programs, and on-line and adult education programs.
  • Demonstrated progressive management responsibilities at the executive level.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of financial matters, cost/fund accounting, and marketing/sales theory.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the role of intercollegiate athletics in the life of a University.
  • Understanding of media relations and communications.
  • Substantial experience and understanding of financial planning and fundraising skills.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data, establish priorities, develop and participate in service area social networks, design and produce publications, oversee the solicitation of gifts from foundations, corporations and organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, judgment, and demonstrated ability to communicate well with a broad range of persons on a broad range of issues.
  • Ability to balance with ease and calm multiple and competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a trusted advisor who effectively partners with a broad range of constituents on a wide variety of complex and strategic issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the University, the Conference, and the NCAA.
Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree.

Required Work Experience
  • Ten years of executive level leadership experience in education, foundations, or non-profit entities, including managing multiple divisions.
  • Ten years of experience in developing plans for growth to increase revenue
  • Direct experience in executing fundraising and/or financial strategy.
  • Progressive management of personnel leading to executive level management.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree.
  • Prior employment in higher education or non-profit entities.
  • Successful leadership and/or meaningful involvement with major capital, endowment and/or scholarship campaigns.
Required Certifications, Licenses or Registrations

None specified.

Work Hours

Typical of executive leadership.

Physical Demands

None specified.

Posting Details

Posting Number
Number of Vacancies
Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Contract Administrator
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Reports to
University President
Commensurate with experience.
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant

None specified.

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