Temple University — Senior Vice President, Chief Engagement Officer

The Opportunity
Temple University invites applications and nominations in its search for a Senior Vice President, Chief Engagement Officer.

Reporting directly to the President, the Senior Vice President, Chief Engagement Officer (“SVP”) will be responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated university strategy for external facing units and constituents that advances the engagement goals and needs of the university. This cabinet-level position will oversee three teams—Strategic Marketing and Communications, Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs which includes community and government relations, ensuring the alignment of strategy and efficient implementation. The SVP will be passionate, creative and results-oriented and will possess the sophistication and savvy to strategically solidify the Temple brand and create a comprehensive, innovative, and unified communication plan consistent with that brand and the mission of the university across internal communication channels as well as to external media outlets and the greater community.

The SVP will work closely with the President and Chief of Staff to develop and execute a strategy for engaging key internal and external constituents; develop and implement a comprehensive, mission-driven strategy to position the university to reach goals in all areas involving external relations; and develop and implement internal infrastructure, leadership and teams with a clear vision and plan for executing strategy. Along with exceptional communication skills, the SVP will possess a proven track record of maintaining and facilitating productive relationships with key community and government leaders to identify areas of mutual interest and opportunity and work to advance a strategy that aligns these interests with a combination of internal and external resources. In addition, the SVP will have passion for the mission of Temple University and the capacity to thrive in the University’s dynamic and diverse community.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with a strong understanding of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania government affairs and policies affecting higher education and demonstrated experience in relationship building with key constituents for mission-driven outcomes. The successful candidate will have more than ten years of progressive experience and leadership in one or more of the focal fields of public affairs, strategic marketing and communications, community/government relations, and/or business development for an organization of comparable size and complexity, preferably within higher education, with experience overseeing diverse teams. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills a must.  A master’s degree is required.

Founded as a night school by Russell Conwell in 1884, Temple University has evolved into an international powerhouse in higher education and a top-tier research institution with roughly 37,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. As the largest university in one of the nation’s most iconic cities, Temple educates diverse future leaders from across Philadelphia, the country and the world who share a common drive to learn, prepare for their careers and make a real impact. Temple offers students a dynamic and nurturing learning environment with the support of a renowned faculty, dedicated academic advisors focused on setting a clear path to graduation and a broad curriculum of more than 500 academic programs. A longtime leader in professional education, Temple is also among the nation’s largest educators in the combined fields of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and podiatry.

Temple has retained Korn Ferry, a national executive recruiting firm, to assist with this search. All nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be submitted in confidence to Korn Ferry. Korn Ferry will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm at the contact information below:


Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.