EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Los Angeles, CA

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

California State University, Los Angeles, invites applications for the above Administrator III position.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles, one of 23 campuses of the California State University system, was founded in 1947. The University is located at the eastern edge of the city of Los Angeles and adjacent to the western San Gabriel Valley, with more than 19,000 students reflecting the rich ethnic diversity of the area.

The Position: Under the general direction of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Executive Director of Publications and Public Affairs is responsible for the management of the publications and public affairs programs for the University. Guided by the University’s vision, strategic plan and strategic communication goals and priorities, the Executive Director develops and executes a coherent communications strategy and marketing plan to shape and manage the University’s image, build awareness of the University among both internal and external targeted, high-value audiences and to help provide information to the campus community which help it succeed and thrive. Duties include but are not limited to: participates in the planning, development and utilization of campus and community resources, which promotes the advancement of the Mission of the University; provides leadership for a cohesive, assertive and persuasive presentation of the strengths of the University to the public and campus communities; works closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, campus leadership, the Assistant Vice President for University Development, and the Director of Alumni Relations to create clear fund-raising, image and public relations strategy that meets University and Alumni Relations goals and objectives including outreach, advocacy, and student success; oversees and maintains positive relations with community, regional, state-wide and national media outlets; maintains the University Publications Style Manual and coordinates the development and implementation of policies pertaining to official University publications and web resources; serves as the University’s spokesperson in highly sensitive, complex, or emergency situations; and supervises personnel and resources responsible for managing, writing, editing, art direction, graphic design, photography, printing, and distribution of a complex array of University publications and digital resources. Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Required Qualifications and Experience: A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Administration, Marketing or other related field from an accredited college or university. Incumbent must have five to seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in media communications, public relations, preferably in an institutional marketing, corporate communications, or agency environment, including three years of supervisory experience demonstrating the capacity to plan, implement, direct, and coordinate a comprehensive communications and marketing program. Must have knowledge of current standards and practices in using digital and social media tools within the context of an integrated communications plan as well as for effective delivery of issue-specific content; knowledge of local and regional media contacts or a proven ability to develop such relationships quickly; and excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and writing skills. Incumbent must have intermediate knowledge of photography and use of digital cameras for the purpose of campus publications, marketing and capturing university related events. Ability to: establish and maintain professional and cooperative working relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff; act decisively under stressful situations; and an ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Fingerprinting will be taken and checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

Desired Qualifications: A master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university. Knowledge and understanding of the role of communications and marketing in development/fundraising; and knowledge of or professional experience in Higher Education is highly desirable.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Appointment: The Administrator III appointment will be made under the guidelines for management and supervisory employees of the California State University. All rights and benefits associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan.

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on March 19, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A completed online CSULA employment application is required. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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.

http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/hrm/openings.php