Director, Community Relations

Ypsilanti, MI
Mar 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Summary:

Serve as the University's Director of Community Relations; oversee community relations and local government outreach for Eastern Michigan University.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Establish ongoing relationships with key community stakeholders including leaders of non-profit, K-12, business, and local government institutions in southeast Michigan

Be actively engaged in the southeast Michigan community and attend meetings of community and local governmental organizations as appropriate

Respond to inquiries from local elected officials and/or local government representatives

Initiate, launch, and manage various community engagement projects by working cooperatively with other University stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, and alumni

Represent the University on local committees

Speak effectively to small and large groups of people, both on and off campus, about the University's community relations initiatives and institutional priorities

Demonstrate effective written and oral skills to a diverse group of people

Be regularly and pro-actively informed about the University's various initiatives and data to ensure that you are well-versed on the University's priorities and activities

Provide regular, succinct, and accurate updates to University leaders regarding local government issues, including strategic recommendations for University action

Successfully plan and execute all aspects of community outreach events

Serve on various campus committees as needed

Perform special projects as directed by the Vice President of Government Relations

Assist with the supervision of a staff of one (1) full-time employee plus student assistants, and manage a balanced department budget consistent with University policy A Bachelor's degree is required. A master's degree is desirable but not required.

Knowledge of local government and non-profit issues is required.

Three years of experience working with legislative and/or governmental processes, or in a higher education setting with similar job responsibilities, is required.

Experience working with governmental entities and non-profit organizations is preferred.

Experience working with the media is desirable.

Knowledge of community leaders and/or elected officials in Southeast Michigan is preferred.

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, as well as a positive and professional demeanor, are required.

Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the external community, including legislative and nongovernmental organizations, is required.

A valid driver's license and excellent driving record are required.