Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing

Position Overview

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Cornell University’s College of agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking an Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing (ADCM) who will creatively and strategically promote the pioneering work of the college across local, regional, national, and global communities.

A dynamic, entrepreneurial communications and marketing leader, the ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing CALS’ research, education, and outreach and embrace the power of this work across disciplines to address local and global issues. A strong and visionary leader, the ADCM will ensure alignment with university messaging and communications priorities, helping to enhance and preserve the position of CALS and Cornell as a top-tier research institution and leader in higher education.

Reporting dually to the CALS’ Dean, Ben Houlton, and the Vice President for University Relations, Joel Malina, the ADCM will work closely with college and university leadership on CALS’ strategic communications and marketing priorities that span multiple disciplines within the university and develop and manage communications and marketing strategies that enhance public awareness of CALS scholarly activities, disseminate critical scholarly findings, secure academic reputation, further the diversification and quality of students, faculty, and staff recruitment, and generate philanthropic support.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is made up of 16 Departments, two schools, more than 3400 undergraduate students in over 20+ majors, over 1000 graduate students, 1270 professional staff, and 350 faculty. CALS generates $240 million in research expenditures and the college encompasses more than 500 campuses, facilities, and affiliates all around the Empire State. We are proud of our extensive reach through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Many of our facilities are located on or near Cornell’s main Ithaca, NY, campus, where our undergraduate programs take place. Our next largest location is Cornell AgriTech, our New York state Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY which has branch stations on Lake Erie and in the Hudson Valley. The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell AES) encompasses research farms and greenhouses in Ithaca, Freeville, Willsboro, Aurora and Riverhead, NY. CALS also has a growing presence of scholarly activities in NYC, including collaborations with Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech. For more information, visit CALS’s website at:

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

For best consideration, applications should be received by November 4, 2022. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Candidates should provide:

  • A letter of interest stating how their experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile;
  • A resume/curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, and
  • The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to:

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, / (917) 825-2961

Dr. Concetta Stewart, Principal, / (908) 341-2178

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search / (802) 345-1279 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.