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Assistant Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs

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Job Description


Reporting to the Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs, the Assistant Director assists with day-to-day management and coordination of activities and relationships with local, state, and federal legislative and agency officials, University staff, and other community stakeholders with a focus on local community engagement.

  • Provide support and direction to the varied University efforts involving community engagement, including, but not limited to the Center for Community Engagement and yet to be established units of the University that focus on forging University-Community partnerships and projects.

  • Serve as a thought leader with respect to program staff around methodologies and best practices in authentic and effective community engagement.

  • In conjunction with the Director of Government Relations, develop and maintain strong, authentic relationships with municipal, county, and state level community-based organizations as well as local and county elected officials and establish relationship strategic plan, goals, and expectations.

  • Understand and effectively communicate the University’s mission, vision, core values and strategic direction to external groups, including key stakeholders and intermediaries.

  • Work with community action groups to design and deliver projects that help to improve local health and wellbeing.

  • Build relationships, as well as connect people with skills, tools and networks.

  • Manage high-priority projects designed to achieve the University's mission and strategic vision; build and maintain successful working relationships and coordinate with a wide range of offices, staff, and stakeholders, internal and external to the University.

  • Gather, investigate, research, analyze, and/or study information affecting University-wide, intradepartmental, or interdepartmental operations; participate in institutional planning, policy development, and problem resolution as a member of senior staff.

  • Anticipate, identify and troubleshoot issues of concern or significance; exercise discretion to provide timely information and necessary updates across multiple stakeholders.

  • Research, write, edit and/or coordinate preparation of special reports, briefings and presentations; conceive, craft, and edit messages, letters and other communications on behalf of executive leadership and the Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs.

  • Coordinate and/or oversee the scheduling of strategic events, meetings and other requests to balance and address key institutional objectives.

  • Support and sustain a culture of service, professionalism and continuous improvement in the Office of the President.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in government relations.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and work effectively with administrators, academic leadership, faculty, students, community leadership, public officials, funding agencies, and members of the community at large.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Superior research, writing, and oral communication.

  • Strategic planning skills.

  • Master’s degree in political science, public administration, or related field.

  • Ability to identify, analyze and address a wide variety of issues and problems in a high-intensity environment.

  • Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure and operations of a major public university.

  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.

  • Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instruction .


Government Relations and Community Affairs

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For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources' Workday Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2), or email talent .

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Montclair State University

Montclair State University defines what it means to be a university with a public purpose — one that not only creates transformational opportunities for students, but also partners with communities to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Montclair invites students to imagine the world they want to live in and empowers them to develop the skills and knowledge to create it. As a solutions engine, we ask: How can we harness the power of 21,000 students and 1,800 professors to be a force for good in the world?

This distinctive approach continues to attract students, propelling Montclair to become New Jersey’s second largest institution of higher learning, and one of its most diverse. Under President Jonathan Koppell, the University enrolled the largest entering class in the University’s history two years in a row.

Founded in 1908, Montclair has grown big enough to offer more than 300 programs across 13 colleges and schools at all degree levels – and yet, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, is still small enough for students to receive personalized attention from professors and staff who truly care. Students have numerous opportunities to conduct research with professors who are respected leaders in their fields.

More than 50% of Montclair’s students identify as underrepresented minorities. It is New Jersey’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving more Latinx students than any other university in the state.

Montclair’s highly diverse students thrive in the University’s supportive, welcoming environment. Their graduation rates outperform state and national benchmarks and predictions with U.S. News & World Report ranking Montclair as seventh among national universities in graduation rate performance in 2022. It is consistently recognized as one of the most inclusive and best value universities and ranked No. 21 in the country in social mobility.

Many of Montclair’s students are working and raising families, and the University offers flexible programs that give them the opportunity to learn in ways that work best for them, on campus or online, in real time or asynchronously.

Faculty include winners of a MacArthur fellowship, Fulbright grants and Emmy awards, and NSF, NEH and NIH grants, among many other distinctions. These highly respected researchers, scholars and creators are dedicated to student success, and they are always innovating to meet the needs of learners and of the state. Montclair has launched dozens of new degree and certificate programs, and offers more combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs than any other university in New Jersey – empowering students to enter the workforce faster, with stronger skills and for less cost. 

Montclair’s mission is to elevate its students and partners, and in so doing, help make the world a better place. 

At Montclair State, our employees are among our most valuable assets.

When you work at Montclair State, you join a talented, diverse and inclusive community of employees who work together to support the educational mission of the University.

You are part of a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Our 11 colleges and schools serve 21,000 students on a beautiful 252-acrea, vibrant suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City.

Dedicated to providing employees with opportunities for professional achievement and development, we take pride in a dynamic workplace environment that respects all employees and encourages excellence.

As a Montclair State University employee, you enjoy access to:

  • Comprehensive health, dental and retirement benefits to discounted membership to the campus recreation center and tuition reimbursement
  • Policies, programs and services that support our commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity employment, multicultural diversity and inclusion
  • A dynamic, sophisticated and diverse environment

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