Assistant Director of Public Affairs

Washington D.C.
Feb 10, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Assistant Director of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs has three main missions: It represents and promotes the University, and its faculty, students, programs, and policies to a variety of stakeholders, including the general public and the media; It participates in University-wide management, strategic planning, community building, and emergency preparedness and response; and it works with President DeGioia and University stakeholders to identify and develop new initiatives, programs, partnerships, capacities and relationships to carry forward Georgetown's mission.


The Assistant Director of Public Affairs broadly supports the Office of Public Affairs as the Vice President seeks to represent and promote Georgetown University to a variety of constituents, identifying emerging issues, contributing to University initiatives, and supporting academic priorities. S/he provides high-level strategic thinking to the Office of Public Affairs. Reporting to the Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President, the Assistant Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

High-Level Strategy

  • Executes writing assignments and research tasks, including drafting reports, memos, letters, and speeches, and performs research and analysis for presentations and projects, editing content for various university releases and publications.
  • Leads or provides support with special projects for the Vice President of Public Affairs, including Presidential initiatives and materials for the Board of Directors.
  • Manages all meetings and events for the Office of Public Affairs, including invitations, RSVPs, catering, contracts, venues, vendors, and expense reimbursements.
  • Serves in leadership or supporting roles on various University initiatives to build stronger connections with other University departments and offices.
  • Provides key coordination with other administrative offices in support of the Office of Public Affairs' mission and strategic vision.
  • Aids with university wide communications efforts, including social media and crisis management.

Supervision of Office of student employees

  • Oversees student video production team of 10-12 students, Georgetown Buzz, helping draft content ideas, coordinating promotion with Office of Strategic Communications, organizing weekly meetings, and recruiting and hiring students.
  • Oversees the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School student intern, working closely with Office of Protocol & Events and Office of Strategic Communications on time-sensitive projects for student, teaching them new and valuable skills as part of high school curriculum.

High Level Support for Vice President

  • Ensures that the Vice President is prepared and briefed for meetings, producing agendas and collateral materials for meetings and handling any follow up needed.
  • Coordinates closely with all members of the Public Affairs team (7 direct reports and over 15 staff members) on behalf of the Vice President.
  • Monitors various media sources, anticipating and briefing the Vice President on important developments around the university.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years' experience in external relations/public affairs, preferably in a university setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize effectively
  • Ability to work multiple tasks at one time and meet deadlines for a wide variety of assignments
  • Possess careful judgment and discretion with respect to strategic and confidential material
  • Ability to assimilate data, work with students, communicate effectively, and work efficiently and flexibly, both independently and as part of a team

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