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Public Service Faculty - Local Government Unit

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
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Full Time
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Posting Details

Posting Number F0943P Working Title Public Service Faculty - Local Government Unit Department PSO-Carl Vinson Inst of Govt About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. About the College/Unit/Department
Since 1927, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people’s lives. From Georgia’s early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry and politics with a population of 10 million, we have helped government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a more prosperous Georgia.
Every day, more than 150 faculty and staff provide technical assistance, training and technology solutions to Georgia’s state and local governments as well as governments around the world. College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience Anticipated Start Date 11/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 08/04/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Compensation will be determined by the qualifications of the successful applicant. Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates will be considered for this position until it is filled but are assured of being considered if application materials are received by September 5, 2021. All applicants must apply through UGAJobs to be considered for the position. Please use the following link to apply:

Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

UGA Statement

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Details

Classification Title Public Service Professional AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration or related field required. Position Summary
The Local Government Unit assists cities, counties, local government authorities by supplying them with information, presentations, and written reports that serve as management tools to aid in decision making. The work often involves providing guidance on best practices in local government management or operations. Different types of projects include strategic plans that guide future decision making and organizational reviews that determine if principles such as span of control and separation of duties have been effectively employed. The research conducted often involves interviewing local government employees and officials to learn how they operate and address ongoing challenges. This position will report to the Local Government unit manager. This position requires travel. The position will spend considerable time working directly with state and local officials, both elected, appointed, and staff. Thus, it is critical that the candidate possess the desire, ability, and background to interact in a very objective, positive and supportive manner with these important clients of the Institute of Government. Incumbent must be able to function effectively in an interdisciplinary environment. Must have extensive knowledge of local government issues. Must be able to effectively work alone, as a team member, or as a project lead. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills are necessary for client interactions and presentations. Provide technical assistance and consultation and perform applied research as needed. Background working in a local government setting is preferred.

• Provide assistance to local government agencies on a variety of projects.
• Establish and maintain working relationships with personnel in local governments and professional associations.
• Meet with potential clients to determine needs and negotiate contracts.
• Develop projects and pursue grant funding.
• Participate in professional associations.
• Gather, analyze, and present data in an accessible manner.
• Perform other related duties as assigned. Additional Requirements
The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public Service Associate. For information about requirements for each rank, please see Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion ( Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Background working in a local government setting is preferred. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
• Knowledge of local government principles, concepts and practices.
• Knowledge of organizational best practices.
• Skill in establishing priorities and organizing work.
• Skill in oral communication.
• Skill in written communication.
• Skill in using software programs for carrying out responsibilities.
• Ability to learn, adapt, and apply knowledge of local government policies and procedures.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and presentations simultaneously.
• Ability to explain complex methodologies and solutions in a practical manner.
• Ability to apply creative solutions to complex problems/issues.
• Ability to travel on an as needed basis is essential. Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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