Director Public Affairs
Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, CA

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The Public Affairs Office of the university is responsible for the university’s media relationships, assists the university leadership with strategic communication, maintains awareness of legislative and policy issues affecting higher education, manages significant external strategic initiatives on behalf of the university to enhance the university’s profile in the community, build and maintain strong relationships with governmental agencies, nonprofit groups and other strategic relationships.

- Develop and manage relationships with various media organizations for the placement of PLNU related stories and events to create greater awareness of the university in the San Diego region.
- Respond to and possible fulfill requests from media organizations for authoritative interview participants, etc.
- Assist senior leaders as requested with crisis management
- Monitor and provide communication regarding public policy issues that are of significance to the university through monthly updates
- Represent the university as requested in various policy and legislative settings including the state and national capitols and communication with elected officials and staff, committees and sub-committees.
- Track local, state, and federal legislative initiatives that are of interest to the university.
- Serve as a point of contact and engagement for educational organizations in the area of educational policy including the CCCU , AICCU , NAICU .
- Provide strategic talking points and scripts for senior leaders as needed
- Assist the VP for External Relations with university’s Conditional Use Permit Review and compliance.
- Maintain and build collaborative relationships with community groups such as the SD Regional Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, etc. as assigned to include participation as a board or committee member when appropriate.
- Act as a liaison for the vice president with various governmental planning and regulatory agencies, to include representing the university in public forums (e.g., planning commission, city council, local planning groups, coastal commission, etc.)
- Primary point of contact for local neighbors, providing assistance with and resolution for complaints, suggestions, and representing the university’s interest in a positive manner. Direct the publication and mailing of a regular university newsletter to residents close to the university.
- Seek ways to build the capacity and profile of the university within the San Diego community.
- Other duties as assigned by the VP for External Relations.

- Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study required; master’s preferred.
- Minimum of five years of experience in public policy, legislative affairs, public affairs, or a related field.
- Understanding of and commitment to the spiritual mission of Point Loma Nazarene University.
- Demonstrated experience with communication in public regulatory or legislative meetings.
- Demonstrated ability to diplomatically handle complex situations.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive relationships with various individuals and groups from the public and private sector.

Physical Demands (if applicable):
Sitting for periods greater than one hour. Use of computer equipment: computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Vision to read documents, e-mail and other correspondence, and reports on paper and computer monitor. Hearing and speaking to communicate effectively with others in person and by phone. Will also stand, stoop, push, pull, and lift up to 10 lbs throughout the day.

Selection Process:
Varies depending upon the position.

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