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Director of Public Affairs

Kern Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus)
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Director of Public Affairs

Kern Community College District

Salary: $87,866.37 - $115,288.30 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: FY21-22-00072

Location: Bakersfield, CA

Department: Educational Services

Basic Function
Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor of Education Services or assigned supervisor, plans, organizes and implements a comprehensive public and government affairs program for the District; ensures that assigned programs meet all applicable laws, regulations and District policies; develop written analysis of legislation and other issues relevant to the District; serves as the District's representative and spokesperson to local, state, and federal officials, provides highly complex professional assistance to the Chancellor's Office, and other management and District staff in areas of expertise; fosters cooperative working relationships with District division and departments, public, private, intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and the public.

Representative Duties
Plans, manages and implements District-wide strategy for strengthening relations with community, business, media, and government stakeholders.

Provide counsel to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, administrators regarding current and potential public relations, legislative and communication issues; Monitor issues, trends and events in the community, predicts consequences and advises the Chancellor on planned courses of action.

Research issues and develop written position papers on legislative and related issues affecting the District; develop and implement programs to increase the District's voice in legislative activities and advocacy networks.

Organize and direct KCCD's legislative efforts; develop and maintain an active, cooperative relationship and communication network with federal, state and local elected officials, their staff members and representatives of state organizations; seek support for district-wide issues and funding from legislators and state organizations; represent the District at appropriate legislative and state organization meetings and hearings.

Represent the district on local, state and national planning committees and boards; represent the District at various functions and activities.

In collaboration with other staff members, cultivates relationships with chambers of commerce, regional organizations, legislators, and community stakeholders to promote the District and its interests.

Assist in the coordination of external outreach efforts, and forge partnerships with key community-based organizes, community leaders, governmental entities and economic/business interests to maintain a visible and active presence on behalf of the District within its constituent communities.

Develops and monitors program budget (s); forecasts additional funds needed; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; recommends necessary adjustments.

Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination equivalent to: bachelor's degree in public affairs, journalism, English, communications or related field and three years related experience in public affairs or governmental relations work.

Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques used to conduct an effective public affairs program, including public relations, strategic communications and community/government relations.
  • Practices of researching program issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing, writing, and presenting effective staff reports.
    • Issues influencing higher education and workforce and economic development.
    • Recent and ongoing developments, current literature, and sources of information related to public affairs and community relations.
    • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility and to public higher education overall.

  • Techniques to effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational, and regulatory organizations, and with news media and the public.
  • Budget preparation and control.
  • Public speaking techniques.
  • Report-writing and record-keeping techniques.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.
Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and implement comprehensive public affairs program, and legislative programs/plans.
  • Provide and coordinate information to District administrators, employees, the public and media regarding a variety of District programs, policies, events, and activities.
  • Work confidentially with discretion.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Operate a personal computer with proficiency.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports.
  • Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports and files related to assigned activities.
  • Effectively interact with persons of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

SALARY RANGE$ 87,866.37 - $ 115,288.30 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary: $ 92,314.62 annually
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by October 11, 2021 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
  • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form

It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
EEO Plan 2021-2024

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Discrimination Free Work Environment

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.

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