Montclair State University

School of Communication and Media

Montclair State University seeks the next Director of its School of Communication and Media. The Director will oversee the continued development of a School distinguished by an interdisciplinary, innovative, and creative environment where students pursue studies in communication, diverse media, and related emerging fields of study and professional practice. One of four academic units in the highly regarded College of the Arts, the School offers B.A. degrees in Communication and Media Arts, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, and Television and Digital Media, a B.F.A. in Filmmaking, and an M.A. in Public and Organizational Communication. While these programs currently serve approximately 800 majors and graduate students, enrollment is anticipated to grow by fifty percent over the next five years.

The School will shortly take occupancy of an extraordinary new facility, providing a physical and technological environment at the front edge of both academic and industry standards. The University seeks a Director with the energy, vision, and experience to seize the opportunity of shaping this exciting School through planning the growth of its faculty, realizing the potential of its physical facilities, and continuing the development of curricula that will provide a superb and future-oriented education for students. The successful candidate will be charged with building substantial connections to the media and communication industries in the region and beyond and establishing a robust network of external fundraising to support the realization of the School’s aspirations.

The Director will exercise intellectual and academic leadership within the School and will contribute to a strategic vision for its growth and development within the framework of the expanding mission and reputation of the College and the University. The Director will be responsible for building and maintaining a national and international identity for the School and for developing external partnerships capable of contributing to the excellence and the capacities of the School. The Director will also be an advocate and representative of the School to the campus, the alumni, the Advisory Board of the School, and the professional communication and media communities in New Jersey, New York, and the larger national and international communications and media community.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a record of distinguished academic and professional achievement appropriate to a significant academic leadership position and to a senior faculty appointment in a discipline represented in the School. Candidates must also have demonstrated successful administrative and management experience, including a record of working within large and complex institutions. Skills in leading people, managing budgets, assuring effective administrative operations, and communicating effectively with various publics are critical.

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