Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Job:
As a public institution - whose tripartite mission is teaching, research, and public service - with a special responsibility to productively engage the public, this position will assist in the development and management of an overall strategic Community Relations Plan for UC Merced to help the community recognize and leverage the valuable impact of the campus on its wellbeing.
Responsibilities include raising the awareness of UC Merced as well as discovering and overseeing partnerships between the University, its departments and the community. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, this position will manage, and increase trusting relationships with the region's educators, nonprofits, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), opinion leaders, students and families to raise awareness about UC Merced. The role will also develop and demonstrate how these communities can connect with the university to utilize UC Merced's vast resources. The Community Relations Representative will represent UC Merced at civic meetings and community events and develop integrated partnership opportunities for the campus to add value to our community's future.
Work is performed under the supervision of the Executive Director of Government and Community Relations with latitude for independent judgment and initiative with evaluation based on the effective operation of the administration function.
Bachelor's degree in related area and 1 year of related experience or 5 years related equivalent experience and training.
Three to Five years of professional experience in community relations, government relations, public affairs, public relations, communications, or related field is preferred.
Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of volunteer and community relations. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals in a diplomatic and professional manner. Proven organizational skills.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Ability to work and communicate effectively across a variety of communications platforms with diverse groups including campus leaders, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and the community to provide information, identify problems and develop solutions.
Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as collaboratively with a variety of department and program leads, faculty and staff to achieve defined goals.
Use initiative to organize and follow through with complex tasks to meet deadlines.
Skill to use a personal computer and computer software programs at the level of sophistication required for the Government and Community Relations office. Proven ability to use MS Office Suite and database programs.
Experience developing, coordinating and implementing events and projects.
Will be required to drive on occasion in order to perform the routine or essential job responsibilities for the position.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.