Executive Director of Communications and External Relations

Apr 16, 2018
Institution Type
Community College

Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
Citrus Community College

Posting Number: 0600730
Posting Date: 04-13-2018
Closing Date: 06-11-2018
Department/Division: Office of the Superintendent/President
Funding: District Funded
Job Category: Management (Classified)
Assignment: Full-Time
Percentage Employee: 100%
Months per Year: 12 months

Work Schedule per Day: Generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, this is an exempt management/supervisory position requiring some weekend, holiday, and non-conventional working hours in addition to the regular working hours of a collegial environment.

Work Shift for this Position (select all that apply):

FLSA: Exempt

Initial placement on the salary schedule is 73-1 ($123,434/yr.); however, the Superintendent/President has the authority to place a newly hired manager on the salary schedule up to 73-3 ($133,507/yr.). The ceiling for this position is capped at 73-8 ($162,431/yr.).

The District provides a fully-paid, comprehensive program of fringe benefits including major medical, dental, and vision insurance for full-time employees and eligible dependents. Life insurance provided for employee only. Also, currently included each year are 17 paid holidays, 22 vacation days and 12 illness days.

A Complete Application Packet Includes:
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents
Other Document (s)
Licenses and Certificates

Under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent/President, the Executive Director of Communications and External Relations works in a deadline driven environment, both independently as well as collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators to plan, develop, implement, and direct college-wide activities to enhance the District's communications programs.

The Executive Director of Communications and External Relations oversees the District's Communications and External Relations Office.

This is a classified management position.

- Manages and provides leadership to the areas of Communications and External Relations.
- Establishes priorities, goals, and objectives for District communications, and branding campaigns that increase public awareness and support of District programs, services and activities, and enhance the District's prominence among key internal and external constituent groups.
- Designs, develops and implements complex communications initiatives that include a variety of media, including print, online, web, and social media. Develops and coordinates District public information and marketing initiatives.
- Reviews all publications for accuracy, completeness, and conformance to applicable rules and procedures.
- Serves as the District's official Public Information Officer and primary liaison with the media.
- Advises the Superintendent/President regarding current and potential community and outreach issues and concerns.
- Oversees the coordination of special events, such as tours and visits by dignitaries and public officials.
- Oversees a system of communication with and for District employees to keep them informed of major issues, decisions, plans, legislation, District events and accomplishments.
- Analyzes and evaluates sensitive situations to determine community relations consequences in order to recommend an effective plan of action.
- Develops and implements an integrated publications strategy for the District.
- Conducts research and compiles data and other information related to Communications and External Relations activities.
- Analyzes community and college research data and pertinent government initiatives to develop goals and objectives for the District's Communications and External Relations activities.
- Serves on District committees, provides in-service training, and makes presentations.
- Interprets and communicates the goals and needs of the District's development activities to the internal and external college community.
- Represents the District at community functions and events.
- Assists the Superintendent/President in a variety of planning and research activities.
- Supports the strategic goals and mission of the college. Advances a positive image and enhances the reputation of the college to the community.
- Prepares annual budgets and budget reports.
- Other duties, as assigned that support the overall objective of the position and the District's mission and philosophy.

- Possession of a master's degree in a related discipline.
- Three years of experience related to community college or university communications/external relations and publications.
- Evidence of ability to communicate effectively, in English, with a diverse population both orally and in writing.
- Evidence of ability to work effectively as a member of the administration team.
- Evidence of experience and training in the utilization of technology in administrative practice.
- Evidence of experience supervising a complex administrative department responsible for implementation of state and federal regulations.
- Evidence of understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, cultural background, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty, and staff.

- Seasoned professional possessing a minimum of five (5) years of experience managing and providing leadership in a field related to Communications and External Relations.

Apply now at https://employment.citruscollege.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51738

About Citrus College:
Celebrating over 100 years of service, Citrus College is located in Glendora in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately twenty-five miles northeast of metropolitan Los Angeles. The college has the distinction of being the oldest community college in Los Angeles County and the fifth oldest in the state.

Citrus College was founded in 1915 under the leadership of Dr. Floyd S. Hayden, who helped bring the community college movement to California. From 1915 to 1961, the college was operated by the Citrus Union High School District. In July 1961, the Citrus Community College District was created to include the Azusa and Glendora unified school districts. In 1967, the district expanded to include the Claremont, Duarte and Monrovia school districts.

Today, Citrus College occupies a 104-acre campus. The college is currently experiencing a major facilities expansion project that will change the look of the campus. The college enrolled 27 students in 1915 and currently the college serves more than 19,000 students annually. Classes are offered on a 16-week calendar (fall and spring semesters), as well as in a variety of non-traditional scheduling options -- winter intersession, evenings, summer sessions, and optional class formats, such as online education courses.

Mission Statement
Citrus College provides innovative educational opportunities and student support services that lead to the successful completion of degrees, transfer, career/technical education and basic skills proficiency. The college fosters personal and professional success through the development of critical thinking, effective communication, creativity, and cultural awareness in a safe, accessible and affordable learning community. In meeting the needs of our demographically diverse student population, we embrace equity and accountability through measurable learning outcomes, ethical data-driven decisions and student achievement.

Citrus College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, include filing of complaints against member institutions can be found at https://accjc.org.

It is the policy of the District not to discriminate against and to encourage a diversity of applicants based on national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, use of family and medical care leave, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one of more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications are considered legal documents, and as such, all areas of the application must be completed or your application packet will be considered incomplete, and will not be moved forward. While it may be appropriate in some areas of your application to use "NA" (not applicable), do not use terms such as "see resume" or "see attached". When listing your work experience, please specify the beginning and end dates for each job you held and describe your experience.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents, and those additional documents you choose to include, are attached BEFORE clicking the "Finished Attaching Documents" button and confirming. It is advisable to attach "Optional" documents first, and then "Required" documents once you are ready to click on the "Finished Attaching Documents" button and confirming.

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be complete. A resume will not substitute for a fully completed employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete applications will be rejected. When listing your work experience, please specify the beginning and end dates for each job you held and describe your experience.

Additional documents CANNOT be added to your electronic application packet once you click on "Finished Attaching Documents" and receive your confirmation number; so, please be sure you have all documents you will upload handy and in an electronic format. THE APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM WILL NOT ACCEPT DOCUMENTS LARGER THAN 2MB. IF YOUR DOCUMENTS DO NOT UPLOAD, PLEASE RESIZE. If you do not have all your documents handy at the time you are applying for the position, we advise you to click on "Finish Attaching Documents Later". Be sure, however, to finish attaching your documents BEFORE the close or first consideration date for the position. Please remember, you will NOT be able to attach additional documents after you have selected "Finished Attaching Documents" and have received a confirmation number, and you will not be able to apply for a position after the position has closed.

Please note: should an applicant apply for a position more than once, only the most recently received application packet will be the one screened for completeness. All others will be deemed inactive, and will not be considered, regardless of completeness.

We regret we are unable to accept faxed, emailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials outside the online Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Only application materials submitted through this electronic format will be accepted. Exception: The Citrus College Form 101 must be mailed or hand delivered to the Director of Human Resources in a sealed, confidential envelope.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

All employees within the bargaining unit are required to pay dues as a member of the exclusive representative or pay an agency fee.

About Transcripts:
--Candidates must upload copies of all transcripts (need not be official at the time of application) which prove sufficient for verifying minimum qualifications for this position.
--Official transcripts will be required at the time of the job offer.
--Transcripts must be from the awarding institution, and must show that the degree has been awarded (or conferred) and the year.
--Degree(s) must be earned (or conferred) from accredited institution(s) or an equivalent foreign institution by the first consideration date for this position.
--All degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript by the indicated first consideration date for this position.
--Foreign transcripts must be transcribed in English AND evaluated for U.S. equivalency by a bona fide U.S. evaluation service.

Selection Procedure:
--A selection committee will review application packages of those candidates who have met the minimum qualifications for this position, and will select a limited number of qualified candidates for an interview.
--Each candidate may be asked to make a presentation on a topic of the selection committee's choice. The candidate will be informed of the topic when an interview appointment is scheduled.
--Each candidate may be asked to provide a sample of his or her writing ability just prior to the interview.
--Travel costs must be borne by the applicant.
--Final candidates for faculty, management, and supervisor/confidential positions may be interviewed by the Superintendent/President.
--If selected as a finalist, the candidate permits the District to contact the current and former employer(s) to investigate past employment history.


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