The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor of Communications and Marketing (VCOCM). This is an exciting time for the University and the Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM), and a dynamic leader will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact.

The University seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial and energetic leader to work in partnership with Chancellor Steven Angle, a team of academic and administrative leaders and the existing OCM staff to develop a more aggressive, productive and integrated communication and marketing platform. Under the current administration, UTC has assembled a vibrant leadership core as well as an expanded, professional communications and marketing team.

 About UTC

UTC is part of the UT System and serves a diverse student body of nearly 11,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The four academic colleges and the Graduate School offer 47 baccalaureate degrees with 88 program concentrations; 22 graduate certificate programs; 22 master's programs with 52 program concentrations, an education specialist program with 4 program concentrations, and 6 doctoral degrees with 6 program concentrations. Two additional units are led by deans: the Honors College and Library. UTC has ten Chairs of Excellence, an array of endowed professorships and the UTC SimCenter for Computational Engineering, along with a companion PhD program. And the University’s Division-I (Southern Conference) athletic program has been expanded and strengthened measurably over the past several years, producing very positive results for student-athletes, the University and boosters alike.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a driving force for achieving excellence by actively engaging students, faculty and staff, embracing diversity and inclusion, inspiring positive change and enriching and sustaining our community.


  • We believe that students are the reason our institution exists.
  • We affirm the essential function of a liberal arts education.
  • We commit to transformational engagement with our community.
  • We nurture a culture of creativity, scholarship and innovation.
  • We embrace diversity and inclusion.
  • We pursue excellence in all that we do.
  • We live integrity and civility.


At UTC, we boldly embrace a passion for excellence in all that we do, as we change lives and transform communities. We prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow, collaborating with community partners, faculty and staff to find real-world solutions. Our focus is on what we do and on doing it well. A new 2025 Strategic Plan underscores the imperative to communicate assertively and effectively. UTC remains committed to transformational student success and community engagement. “engaging students, inspiring change, and enriching the community.”

 The Work

The University is accountable for managing and enhancing its own brand identity and MarCom functions. The new VCOCM will work collaboratively across the University’s leadership group and with OCM staff to facilitate the fulfilment of UTC’s strategic vision and to develop the requisite marketing and communications programs to help each of the institution’s units produce desired outcomes. The new VCOCM will also be asked to conceptualize, plan, and develop a broader communications program, while also planning the requisite marketing activities to maintain and enhance UTC’s brand identity across constituencies.

 The ideal candidate must possess a baccalaureate degree. The University has established the following attributes and competencies on which to evaluate and assess potential candidates:

  • Executive presence and the ability to create a strong public impression, both individually and institutionally;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and collaboratively leading a team of professionals, aligning their efforts with the University’s leadership and producing measurable impact;
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills and the ability to build the team in the process of developing a new integrated plan;
  • Ability to communicate strategically;
  • Excellence in brand management;
  • The ability to design and implement an effective media relations program and to enhance the University’s coverage within relevant markets and market segments;
  • An understanding of and proficiency with social media and its relevance to students, alumni, donors and partners;
  • Experience advising the University's senior leadership in regards to effective and strategic communication;
  • An understanding of unit operations, including planning, finance and budgeting, personnel management and internal communications;
  •  A graduate degree in a relevant discipline is preferred, as is prior experience leading a MarCom team in the higher education space; 

There has never been a more exciting time to be at UTC, and there has never been a more impactful role  from which to make an impact on the future of the institution and those we serve.


For priority consideration, an application package should be submitted by December 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials must include (1) a letter of interest, which addresses the applicant's qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including a discussion of the critical leadership issues present; (2) a current CV/resume; (3) and the names, email, business addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five references. Submission of materials as either a Word or PDF file is required.

Electronic submissions should be emailed, with “UTC VCOCM” in the subject line, to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal ||
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext.: 117 Fax:  770-804-1917

Nominations: Individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the position should submit the person's name and institution to the search firm at the contact information above. Additional information (including contact information and comments) is welcome, but not required.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


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