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Assistant Vice President of External Relations and Communications                    

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, California

Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is a liberal arts institution in Los Angeles, known for being the only women’s university in the city and one of the most diverse nationwide. Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, MSMU has established a legacy of commitment to social justice, gender equity, and innovative education. The University offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including flexible and online options, catering to diverse student needs.

As MSMU approaches its Centennial Anniversary, it continues to be recognized for its transformational education, promoting social mobility among its graduates, and fostering an inclusive and diverse community. The University prides itself on producing graduates who are active, engaged global citizens dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

The Opportunity

The Assistant Vice President of External Relations and Communications (AVP) plays a crucial role in shaping the University’s public image and fostering strong external relationships. Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the AVP oversees a diverse team responsible for communications, marketing, events, and public affairs.

This position involves developing and implementing strategic plans to enhance the University’s visibility and reputation. Additionally, the AVP serves as a liaison to the Center for the Advancement of Women and as the executive producer of the annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California event, highlighting MSMU’s commitment to gender equity and social justice.

The AVP’s responsibilities are extensive and integral to the University’s success. They manage crisis communications, support the President’s Office, and lead the development of integrated communication strategies. The AVP also pitches stories to national media, oversees social media management, and ensures consistent brand implementation across all platforms. Furthermore, the role involves cultivating relationships with media, policymakers, and donors, while promoting a collaborative and inclusive organizational culture.

Candidates should bring a strong background in communications, public relations, and higher education, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary range: $130,000 to $160,000, depending on experience.

To Learn More and Nominate Qualified Candidates


Terri Rutter

Assistant Vice President

Andrew Machado

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