Public Service Faculty - Local Government Unit
PSO-Carl Vinson Inst of Govt
About the University of Georgia
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university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the
state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified
institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/
). UGA is currently
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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.
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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
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link to apply: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/208658
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Public Service Professional AC
Fiscal (12 mo.)
Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration or related
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
• Establish and maintain working relationships with personnel in
local governments and professional associations.
• Meet with potential clients to determine needs and negotiate
• 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.
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
Background working in a local government setting is preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
• Knowledge of local government principles, concepts and
• 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
• 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
• Ability to explain complex methodologies and solutions in a
• Ability to apply creative solutions to complex
• Ability to travel on an as needed basis is essential.
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Is driving a responsibility of this position?
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children
under the age of 18 or direct patient care?
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,
IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to
chemicals and medications)
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financial responsibilities. For additional information about the
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Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Letters of Recommendation