Communications and College Relations Specialist

New York, NY
Jun 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


In addition to the general duties, the Communications and College Relations Specialist will provide administrative, research, writing and other types of professional support to senior government and community relations staff. This position may also have the responsibility of maintaining smaller government and community relations accounts.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing client and issue-related research, including data and policy analysis.
  • Tracking legislative and budgetary issues and delivering oral and/or written reports about such issues.
  • Developing fact sheets, contributing to reports and publications and drafting other client-oriented correspondence and communications.
  • Organizing and designing presentations.
  • Assisting in organizing advocacy/lobbying activities and important events.
  • Aiding in strategic outreach with College departments and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with college departments and public, professional and community-based organizations on selected initiatives.
  • Designing and maintaining outreach database(s) and files.
  • Providing client- service support to senior staff: scheduling, planning and attending meetings and conferences.
  • Performing routine office support tasks as required by the senior staff, which can include completing expense reports, filing time sheets, drafting and editing documents and reports, copying and scanning documents, maintain subject files, and scheduling events and meetings.
  • Preparing weekly/monthly reports for clients.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), is an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice, committed to the advancement of justice and just societies. It is a public liberal arts college that enriches the entire learning experience by highlighting themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City, the College offers Bachelors and Masters degrees and participates in the Doctoral programs of the Graduate School of the City University of New York. John Jay College is also recognized for serving a broadly diverse student population. Under the leadership of its fourth president, Jeremy Travis, John Jay College has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring, an expansion of its curricular offerings, growth in research, and the opening in 2011 of a new 600,000 square foot building complete with a black-box theatre, state-of-the-art lab space for students and faculty, a moot courtroom, and a variety of virtual learning settings. Given the College's transformation, John Jay offers its many new faculty and staff the opportunity to shape the future of their institution.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


  • The ideal candidate should possess:
  • Skills in policy analysis
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills
  • Understanding, analyzing and managing data
  • Experience in producing briefings, correspondence and reports
  • Experience in planning and executing events
  • Word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software experience
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and be comfortable in a high energy environment
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Communicate effectively, take initiative and work independently
  • Collaborative skills
  • Familiarity with the New York state, New York City and/or federal legislative process preferred
  • Familiarity with government preferred
  • Work experience in government, business or academic setting strongly encouraged

Applicants should be able to work extended hours January through June.

A short writing sample will be requested at the time of an interview.


Assists in establishing and maintaining relationships with external entities and communities, representing the College's positions and interests

  • Serves as a liaison to one or more external organizations, representing the College and building working relationships with the leadership of these organizations
  • Plans and implements communications campaigns, working with publications staff
  • Develops an understanding of the concerns of external organizations and communicates these to appropriate College management
  • Plans public activities and contributes to marketing of College activities and programs to external groups
  • With College publications and editorial personnel, plans, writes, and produces publicity materials and other external communications
  • May maintain relationships with media representatives
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Communications and College Relations Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




$46,640 - $60,683.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Posting re-opened.

New closing date: June 19, 2017.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: John Jay College

Job Title: Communications and College Relations Specialist

Job ID: 16598

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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