Senior Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs
Work type:Management (MPP)
Categories:MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Chancellor's Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the
Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher
education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the
position ofSenior Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs. The
CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the
Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters
for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher
education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit
package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental
plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a
The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $15,834 per month,
commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The salary range for this classification is $9,167 to $29,425 per
The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is
seeking aSenior Director, Media Relations and Public Affairsto be
the chief spokesperson for the California State University
Chancellor's Office and leads a team of professionals responsible
for strategic communications driven through media relations;
developing, implementing, and assessing content strategy; crisis
and issues management; and proactive public relations to advance
the university's reputation and priorities. The position also
provides strategic and tactical guidance on local, regional, and
national issues to executive leadership and serves as an advisor
and mentor to campus-based peers and colleagues.
Under the general direction of theAdministrator in Charge,
University Relations and Advancement, theSenior Director, Media
Relations and Public Affairswill:
Provide strategic communications counsel, particularly as it
relates to media relations, to the Chancellor, vice chancellors,
trustees, and, as requested, to campus leadership teams.
• Proactively seek out media opportunities to position the CSU as a
thought leader on key issues or emerging topics.
• Provide leadership and mentoring to the Media Relations and
Public Affairs teams, and to campus-based media and public affairs
• Work with campus-based public information personnel to integrate
university messaging into campus communications.
• Create and implement strategic communications plans with
colleagues in University Relations & Advancement, and
throughout the Chancellor's Office.
• Integrate messaging with internal communications, owned media,
marketing and brand management.
This position requires:
• A bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, or a closely
related discipline is required.
• A minimum of 8-to-10 years of progressively responsible
experience in public affairs, journalism, communications or
marketing positions, with at least 3 years of management experience
• Thorough knowledge of best practices for public affairs/media
relations, earned and owned media and associated activities in
order to maximize the CSU's presence in national, regional and
trade media outlets.
• Exceptional writing and communications skills.
• Comfortable with speaking in public and on camera.
• Familiarity with higher education/academia, and with California
state public policy.
• A master's degree in a related area is preferred.
• Experience in higher education is preferred.
Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply
byAugust 18, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the job
posting is removed.
How To Apply
Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State
University, Chancellor's Office online employment
Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color,
ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender
identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition,
National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status,
or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be
provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who
self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at
Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender
or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:
This position requires new hire employment verification to be
processed through the E-Verify program administered by the
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security
If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are
legally authorized to work in the United States.
COVID19 Vaccination Policy
Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended
that all Chancellor's Office employees who are accessing office and
campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted
by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to
their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.
Mandated Reporter Per CANRA
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.
Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position will include participation in decisions
that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent.
Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict
of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they
first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics
training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training
every other year thereafter.
CSU Out of State Employment Policy
California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of
the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the
University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in
the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, theCSU Out-of-State
Employment Policyprohibits the hiring of employees to perform
CSU-related work outside the state of California.
The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate
successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal
records check) prior to assuming this position.
Advertised:August 04, 2023 (3:30 PM)Pacific Daylight
Applications close:Open until filled
To apply, visit: https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration/chancellors-office-human-resource-services/Pages/default.aspx