Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5PM, Occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends will be required.
First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 20, 2017.
Current employees will be given preferred consideration.
Under general supervision of the Director of Executive Affairs, the Government and Community Relations Specialist serves as high-level support for the University's Government and Community Relations program. The incumbent will support the implementation of goals and objectives for local, state, and federal relations activities. This will include representing the University to elected officials and staff, as well as serving as a liaison to the broader community. The incumbent will monitor, research, analyze and report on legislation, higher education policy and funding issues of importance to the University. The incumbent will monitor various media for news on local, state and federal government affairs. The incumbent will prepare clear, concise, accurate and timely legislative summaries and briefings with input from management, as well as draft correspondence, memoranda, reports and other written materials. The incumbent will develop ideas and content for maximizing use of social media, including Twitter, to foster relationships with elected officials and build awareness of and support for the University. The incumbent will interact with elected officials and their staff to maintain and foster relationships. The incumbent will provide logistical support for special events, briefings and legislative visits. The incumbent will maintain files and contact lists, update the government and community relations database, and post contact reports. The incumbent will design and revise forms, charts, graphs, and visual aid materials, including PowerPoint presentations and standard spreadsheets in support of legislative programs. The incumbent will coordinate certificates of recognition and special presentations from elected officials, as well as support the dissemination of print and electronic advocacy communications. The incumbent will interact with and engage a wide spectrum of campus and CSU system personnel, including community and business leaders, foundation board members, alumni, faculty and student leaders. The incumbent will provide administrative support for the Director of Executive Affairs, as well as supervise student interns.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with course work in public administration, political science, public affairs, business administration, or a related field.
Applicants must have five years of progressively responsible experience performing a variety of high-level professional office support, preferably in a legislative, public administration, or public affairs setting.
Applicants should have a working knowledge of principles, concepts, practices and procedures of government relations, as well as a basic understanding of the state and federal legislative process.
Applicants must possess the ability to perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks with a high degree of accuracy, as well as possess the ability to work with frequent interruptions.
Applicants must be highly organized, able to work in a fast-paced setting, and be able to work independently without direct supervision.
Applicants must have strong skills in communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Proficiency in developing written communications is required, along with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Applicants must be able to access resources in order to anticipate, research, analyze and report on legislation and state and federal policy.
Applicants must be comfortable in representing the University to elected officials, community leaders, and the general public.
Applicants must have the ability to maintain confidentiality, as well as apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough and creative solutions.
Applicants must have experience with event planning and analysis of complex material.
Applicants must be fully proficient with business application software packages, including Excel and PowerPoint, and social media channels.
Applicants must be able to travel both locally and nationally and have use of a personal vehicle for traveling to represent the University.
A current, valid California driver's license with appropriate insurance is required.
Applicants must have a track record of reliable attendance.
Applicants must be available to work occasional early morning, evening and weekend hours as needed.
Applicants must be physically able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, as well as walk and stand for prolonged periods of time.
Preferred Qualifications Experience working in or with an institution of higher education is preferred, as well as knowledge of the Inland Empire region and communities served by the University.
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.
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.
California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information: http://hrd.csusb.edu/conflictInterest.html
This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)
California State University, San Bernardino offers a challenging and innovative academic environment. The university seeks to provide a supportive and welcoming social and physical setting where students, faculty and staff feel they belong and can excel. The university provides students the opportunity to engage in the life of the campus, interact with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures, a...s well as participate in activities that encourage growth, curiosity and scholarly fulfillment. Through its branch campus in Palm Desert, the university mission extends to the Coachella Valley.