Job No: 518107 Work Type: Locations: San Diego Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Marketing/Communications
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) serves as the official voice of San Diego State University and shares the President's vision, values and priorities while articulating a unified message about the university's unique story. Core service areas include crisis and issues management, marketing, news and media relations, social media, web and interactive communications, executive communications and visual communications, and government and community relations. We work together and with our partners across the institution and auxiliaries to promote the transformational diversity and impact of SDSU programs and achievements. StratComm develops and oversees content for SDSU's main web pages and also for SDSU NewsCenter, flagship social media channels, video productions, photography and the SDSU Magazine.
Government and Community Relations is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with constituent groups. The area also has responsibility for advising SDSU faculty and administrators on projects, initiatives and strategies designed to support collaborative engagement and dialogue with agencies and community members.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Government and Community Relations, the Community Relations Manager (CRM) manages SDSU neighbor and community relations. The CRM will partner with identified agencies, community groups and constituencies to advance the mission of the university and the livability of the neighborhood.
The CRM also creates and manages outreach strategies at the local and regional level; implements engagement programs, partnership initiatives, special events, and community meetings that reflect university priorities in order to inform and increase support among legislators, community leaders and external stakeholders. The CRM will work collaboratively with others within StratComm, The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, The Division of Business and Financial Affairs, Associated Students and others at SDSU to secure support for key initiatives and strategic priorities from neighbor and community leaders. The CRM will serve as a liaison to the community, representing SDSU at community meetings and functions.
In accordance with Assembly Bill 963 (2020), the CRM will serve as the primary employee managing the university's civic engagement committee and voter engagement activities. The CRM will lead the university's voter engagement committee and work with systemwide plans for all major elections as the civic and voter empowerment coordinator for the campus.
The ideal candidate will be a consensus builder that has experience building relationships with constituents from varied backgrounds. They will be comfortable speaking in front of large groups and addressing issues raised in meetings. Experience working for local, state and federal legislative offices is desired. A candidate who is flexible and adaptable will thrive.
Represent SDSU on additional committees and other community boards in San Diego
Serve as the university's Civic Engagement Coordinator
Build and sustain SDSU's relationship with neighbors and community leaders.
Develop proactive, positive opportunities for community engagement
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This is a full-time, benefits eligible, at will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on operational needs.
Bachelor's degree in relevant field
Minimum of two years of professional experience in community relations or public affairs
Demonstrated experience creating and implementing complex community relations initiatives
Required to attend meetings/events or perform duties outside of normal work hours (may include weekends)
Must have the ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events
Experience in a diverse organizational setting is preferred
Demonstrated experience resolving difficult issues with constituents, clients and/or members of the public.
Experience working within a large public organization
Compensation and Benefits
San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.
SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.
The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.
Review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 10, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by October 9, 2022. This position is open until filled.
All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.
SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-594-7901.
Advertised: Sep 16, 2022 (9:00 AM) Applications Close: Open until filled
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.Join SDSU and make a difference through meaningful work that contributes to knowledge and provides rich opportunities for students. The dynamic synergy between SDSU and the San Diego region furthers SDSU's excellence and global impact. Every member of our team can proudly proclaim, "I Am SDSU."In addition to SDSU, three not-for-profit auxiliary employers operate to provide services for the University. The SDSU Research Foundation furthers the educational, research and community service mission of SDSU. Aztec Shops provides a diverse portfolio of products and services including operation of the SDSU Bookstore, SDSU Dining, and management of commercial and real estate properties surrounding the campus. Associated Students of SDSU is a student-directed organization that manages programs and facilities enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large.