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Division of Marketing and Communications Concludes Internal Restructuring
As part of its reorganization, Syracuse University’s Division of Marketing and Communications recently restructured its staffing model, creating new positions and eliminating some roles. The restructuring follows extensive consultation with the division’s team members, deans, faculty, staff and alumni to determine how best to align marketing and communications functions with University goals.
Last February, Dara Royer, senior vice president and chief communications officer, met with division staff to discuss the forthcoming reorganization, a new vision, mission and strategic plan for the division. The reorganization, which was conducted during the summer months in an effort to minimize impact on the campus community during the academic year, resulted in a net gain of new positions.
As part of the reorganization, 31 staff members are remaining in their current roles; 19 were offered new positions; eight decided not to pursue opportunities in the restructured division; and five team members were not offered new positions. All team members—including those whose positions were eliminated—in the division had the opportunity to apply for new roles. Now that the internal restructuring is complete, open positions have been posted to SUJobOpps.com.
Royer expressed gratitude to all who helped work through the challenges of this effort, especially to the staff affected by the restructure. “I am optimistic about our important work for the University in the months ahead.”
Royer also noted that she has heard concerns during this process about the implications for layoffs elsewhere in the University. “This concern is unfounded. While there has been restructuring this summer in marketing and communications and in the advising function in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School, there are no layoffs planned in other parts of the University this year. Normal performance appraisals of individual staff members are occurring as usual at the end of the fiscal year. But I expect employment at the University will continue to grow in the years ahead.”
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