The Director of Public Affairs will advise the university on governmental affairs, policies, and strategies and manage local, state, and federal relations for APU, establishing APU as an important resource to elected officials/staff and agency officials. The Director of Public Affairs will help create a plan for APU's government relations with the VP for Strategic Communication and Engagement that builds upon efforts in community relations, manages outreach activities to elected officials offices, and monitors and reports on legislation. The Director of Public Affairs will work to position academic programs with elected officials and align efforts with enrollment objectives. The Director of Public Affairs will advocate for APU interests and build relations with peer institutions, elected officials, and government administrators in partnership with the VP for Strategic Communication and Engagement. This is a position based in Azusa, California, and will include travel across California and to Washington, D.C. The Director of Public Affairs will supervise the Community Engagement Manager and partner with the SCE leadership team.
B.A. from an accredited institution in political science, public relations, communications, public affairs, or related field.
Master's degree preferred.
8-10 years of progressively responsible government relations experience required.
Expertise in the field of government, community, and media relations, and community organizing, planning and administration. Experience representing faith-based institutions or institutions of higher education preferred.
Familiarity with the San Gabriel Valley and ability to speak Spanish preferred.
Primary Duties/Essential Functions
Help develop university government relations and community outreach strategy. Collaborate with existing organizations and trade associations focused on government relations for higher education in the State of California (e.g., AICCU; California faith-based colleges; HACU; CCCU; NAICU), existing community outreach efforts and relations with community-based organizations (including churches/parishes and other faith-based organizations).
Build relationships in Sacramento, California, as well as in each city and county where university operations are located with senior-level staff and elected officials.
Share the interests of APU with elected officials and their staff, assisting in lobbying and positioning APU's academic areas.
Researches, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates legislation and regulation issues that may have an impact on APU.
Strategic and operational understanding of government procedures and processes at the federal, state (California), and county (Los Angeles) levels.
Extensive knowledge and experience with state budget process.
Experience with city government and knowledge of how state institutions interact within cities.
Ability to work effectively with legislators and legislative committees, other elected officials, and staff members.
Knowledge of public information and community organizations and government relations concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques.
Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
Ability to manage lobbying firms.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups, including in testimony and fact sheets.
Knowledge of federal and other reporting requirements related to lobbying.
Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources.
Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents.
Experience with legislative advocacy, negotiation, and persuasion.
Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
Ability to work under pressure, exuding a mature demeanor while multitasking in a deadline oriented environment with accuracy and consistency.
Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
Ability to work collaboratively with a team, as well as an independent contributor.
Self-starter with a positive attitude.
Demonstrate human and organizational development leadership skills as well as exceptional strategic communication competency.
Ability to analyze the big picture, provide focus, maximize resources, and build relationships.
Lead numerous projects simultaneously and influence others to achieve desired results.
Azusa Pacific University is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.