Community Relations Manager - University Relations

USA, California, Azusa
Mar 22, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment.

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The Community Relations Manager serves as the main point of contact within the university on subjects and issues affecting APU's image and community perceptions/relations and assists in achieving community participation in university life and achieving community support. The manager deals with individuals at all levels concerning issues that involve or are perceived to involve APU. The work involves responsiveness to business, community, school, advocacy groups, and directly affects the public image and perception of APU.

The Community Relations Manager coordinates APU's community outreach activities as a member of the Office of University Relations, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs. The manager facilitates internal and external communication regarding both APU's community relations activities and the needs of the community, leads the university in the development of a vision and strategic plan for APU's community relations, develops networks of internal and external leaders to assist in the implementation of that vision, and coordinates implementation.

The manager serves as the public outreach liaison with business and civic associations, advocacy organizations, educational institutions, community groups, official visiting delegations, and individual citizens on matters related to APU. Creates and manages community relations events; writes, edits, and distributes communications and calendars to the community/public and political stakeholders; oversees corporate memberships, sponsorships, and university representation on boards; and assists in the execution of correspondence, speeches, and presentations by senior management. Oversees relationship management system and lists designed to track engagement. Consults and collaborates with other members of the Public Affairs team, namely public relations and government relations, as well as key staff throughout the university.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public administration, public relations, or related social sciences fields. Master's degree preferred.

Required Experience

  • Three-Five years experience in one or more of the following fields: community relations, public affairs, public relations, or community-based human services, to include duties in one or more of the following: a) performing community outreach and advocacy activities; (b) overseeing corporate-level memberships; (c) recommending content and preparing materials for senior management appearances/presentations; (d) planning and managing internal and external events; and (e) preparing, disseminating, and responding to community-based inquiries.
  • Knowledge of the people and issues impacting Azusa, Glendora, and other San Gabriel Valley communities. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.


  • Extensive travel in and around the San Gabriel Valley, with periodic travel to APU regional campuses.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Click below to discover some of the many benefits APU employees enjoy including competitive health care options, an 8% retirement match, and a generous tuition discount.

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Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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