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VP, Communications


Reston, VA, US

Req ID:  1717
Level of experience:  Executive
Remote:  No
Travel Required:  0%-25%

Ellucian designs technology that powers the educational mission of colleges and universities around the world. Inspired by that goal, Ellucian employees thrive as part of a high-performing global team committed to delivering a modern, connected, industry-leading experience for today’s students and higher education institutions. More than 2,500 institutions in 50 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning.



Job Description: Vice President, Corporate Communications


Ellucian is seeking a Vice President of Corporate Communications to lead strategic communications including media, analyst relations and social media communications.  In addition, responsibilities include all internal and executive communications for Ellucian’s global business.


The Corporate Communications team is a group of creative and hardworking communication professionals who represent and champion one of the noted industry leaders in a number of categories.  The VP of corporate communications will have the opportunity to mentor and build this team in order to execute our global communications strategy and influence the market perception of Ellucian.


You should be a strategic, thoughtful and savvy communications professional with a background in technology industry communications. You must be willing to do the dirty work, possess exceptional relationship-building skills, demonstrate operational and management strength, and enjoy working in a highly iterative, agile and at times intense environment.




  • Develop and implement Ellucian’s corporate communication strategy across all communications mediums
  • Position the company as a leader, sought for its innovation, influence, and reach
  • Frame compelling narratives to raise the profile of the brand, its offerings, employees and executives through high-quality media placements in influential technology and business outlets
  • Drive well formulated analyst programs and leverage company experts to position Ellucian in the minds of the influencer community and deliver positive outcomes
  • Provide crisis management counsel and execute crisis communications, guiding the business and our leaders through high-intensity and reputation-impacting events
  • Help design, strategize and deliver effective internal communications to insure our employees are well informed and engaged on important topics related to our business
  • Design an executive visibility program to establish our executives as thought leaders in their field, providing coaching, guiding their narratives, and securing high profile and influential speaking engagements
  • Oversee international agencies, partners, and vendors supporting global Ellucian communications efforts




  • Senior level experience in a communications role with similar sized company
  • Successful track record of high-impact media and analyst placements
  • Exceptional writing and story-telling skills
  • Established reputation and relationships with higher education and/or key business media outlets
  • Proven ability to build, measure and report on key performance metrics
  • Experience in leading teams across diverse and dispersed organizations and countries and a keen understanding of cultural diversity
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building capabilities, ability to develop strong trust-based relationships and manage effectively
  • Passion for management, mentorship, leading a team and developing future leaders
  • 15+ years total experience in communications disciplines, with at least 5 years' experience in technology, SaaS, or other IT related industry marketing
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Ellucian provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ellucian complies with all laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.  Ellucian expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Ellucian employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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