The University of Utah - Chief Marketing and Communication Officer

May 30, 2019

The University of Utah seeks an accomplished leader with broad, comprehensive, and cutting-edge experience to provide strategic communications and marketing leadership for its highly respected academic health care system. The Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of University of Utah Health will manage the execution of outcomes-based communications and marketing strategies to increase alignment across the organizational missions of patient care, education, research, and community engagement; increase stakeholder engagement; and support the physical and cultural evolution of the organization.

Reporting to Michael L. Good, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health, the Chief Marketing and Communication Officer (CMCO) will develop a visionary, results-driven comprehensive national communication strategy with clear goals and performance metrics, and will oversee communications and marketing strategies to ensure patients want to come, people want to work and train, and the community wants to partner with U of U Health.

As a member of the leadership team, and leading a team of approximately 50 professionals, the CMCO will be a results-oriented strategist with a record of articulating and implementing effective internal and external communication strategies for diverse audiences in complex environments. They will demonstrate expert knowledge of innovative, results-oriented, data-driven marketing and communications strategies and platforms with a digital focus. Collaborative, ambitious, pragmatic, and confident; the CMCO will be able to influence senior management, faculty, and key decision makers, and be perceived as a positive leader who is a persuasive change agent. The CMCO will thrive in an environment of transparency; will inspire trust among colleagues, peers and staff; and will model servant leadership in growing and developing talent while prioritizing and diplomatically navigating competing demands.

The successful candidate must be a communications and marketing executive with a minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in corporate communications and/or marketing, with leadership experience in medical education, health care, pharmaceutical industry, or academia; experience ideally will have been gained in an academic medical center or a university with a hospital and school of medicine. An advanced degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field is preferred, and an undergraduate degree is required.

Located in Salt Lake City, a progressive, urban and high-tech industrial center with a population of 1.1 million across Salt Lake County, the University of Utah (U of U) is the flagship university for the state and the higher education hub of a five-state region stretching from the Rockies to the Sierras. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 for quality among US health systems (vizientinc.com), University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is the only university health system in the Mountain West, and combines excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and dynamic teaching. With an annual budget of $3.6 billion (FY18), U of U Health is a $2.8 billion clinical enterprise (Hospital and School of Medicine) and a $356 million (FY18) research enterprise, and is on the foreground of transforming health care.

The University of Utah has engaged Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support the recruitment of this position. Jay Scott, Associate Partner, Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Sarah Gaines, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie (katie.dean@opuspartners.net).



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Room 135, (801) 581-8365.


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by

collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.