Communications and College Relations Manager - Institutional Advancement

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
May 15, 2014
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 10690

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Establishes and maintains communication and ongoing working relationships with outside organizations and manages the design, implementation, and management of communications to support College visibility and recognition.

- Represents the College to a portfolio of external organizations

- Plans and implements communications campaigns, working with publications staff

- Applies an understanding of the concerns of external organizations to develop short- and long-range plans to advance the College's position and support community/public identified needs

- Plans and implements major activities such as conferences, collaborative partnerships, and educational programs to support identified needs and issues

- Identifies and develops new audiences and communities to further the mission of the College

- Develops and implements advertising and communications campaigns, working with publications and editorial personnel

- Maintain relationships with media representatives

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Communications and College Relations Manager


Higher Education Associate




Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Community & College Relations Manager, will establish and maintain communications and ongoing working relationships with outside organizations and manage the design, implementation, and management of communications to support college visibility and recognition. He/she will manage the public relations team and work with media outlets to publish press releases and stories as well as manage and establish relationships with media outlets.

LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students' lives are transformed as family income increases by 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia, we imagine new ideas, create new curricula and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.


Bachelor's degree and six years' related experience required.


The successful candidate will possess the following skills:
Public/Corporate Relations or Journalism experience, preferably in higher education or non-profit institutions or organizations. 
Writing compelling stories or press releases that generate local and/or national media attention.
Creating and implementing public relations plans.
Managing story/press release development among several writers.   
Relationships with current and prospective media contacts preferred.
Photography skills a plus.


Commensurate with education and experience.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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