• Contract
  • Galway
  • €137308 - €173590 per annum

AppliUniversity of Galwaycations are invited for the following post: Vice-President: Marketing, Communications and Engagement

The challenges of our time demand leadership and vision.

That was the case too back in 1845, when our university was founded at a time of profound social and ecological challenge. Almost 180 years later, we continue to build upon a long tradition of scholarship and discovery that confronts the problems of our time and serves the public good, empowering our people, city and region to prosper.

Today, the University of Galway community comprises 19,000 students from over 100 countries and 2,500 staff, one-in-five of whom came to Galway from overseas. With around 130,000 alumni and over 4,000 research collaborations globally, our international reach and impact is significant, and growing.

The Vice-President: Marketing, Communications & Engagement will play a pivotal role in defining and articulating our strategic objectives to maximise our brand and reputation, and to continuously enhance engagement with our communities. The appointee will lead the Marketing and Communications (inc. Press), Student Recruitment and Outreach, Content, Engagement, Internal Communications and Alumni Relations units, providing strategic direction and managing change to ensure that they support the needs of the University. The role is University-wide, providing strategic direction for all media and public relations, student recruitment activities, and staff and student communications for the University.

This senior position is an opportunity for an experienced leader to join us at this exciting moment as we develop the next University Strategic Plan 2025-2030 that will continue to drive our mission to serve the public good. The successful applicant will have personal drive, enthusiasm and professional expertise to provide exceptional leadership and high-quality services, working closely and productively with the University Management Team, university staff, students, alumni, the university foundation, and local, national and international communities.

Further information:

Candidates can obtain further information, in the strictest confidence, by contacting: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh University of Galway President

Salary: €137,308 - €173,590

Duration of term: The position will be for a period of ten years.

Closing date for applications: Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on 11 July 2024. Interviews/presentations are expected to be held week commencing the 22nd or 29th July 2024.

It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.

How to apply:
For more information and application form please see website: Jobs - University of Galway

Applications must be submitted online via the University of Galway vacancy portal. Further information can be found here: E-Recruit - University of Galway

Principal Connections - executive search has been retained by University of Galway to manage this recruitment process.

For a confidential discussion please contact Eilish Devine, Practice Leader at or +353 (0)1 703 88 09

University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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