Director of Public Affairs
Kern Community College District
$87,866.37 - $115,288.30 Annually
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.
Plans, manages and implements District-wide strategy for
strengthening relations with community, business, media, and
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
In collaboration with other staff members, cultivates relationships
with chambers of commerce, regional organizations, legislators, and
community stakeholders to promote the District and its
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
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.
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
Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability
backgrounds of community college students and employees.
Knowledge and Abilities
- 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
- Recent and ongoing developments, current literature, and
sources of information related to public affairs and community
- 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
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
- Operation of a computer and assigned software.
SALARY RANGE$ 87,866.37 - $
115,288.30 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary: $
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of
- 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
- 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
- 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
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:
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
- 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
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
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
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
All applicants must apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/kccd/jobs/3248920/director-of-public-affairs
Emails will not be accepted.