Special Initiatives Manager - Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement (GRACE)

Washington D.C.
Jun 26, 2018
Aug 06, 2018
Full Time
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Special Initiatives Manager - Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement (GRACE)

The overall mission of Georgetown's Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement (GRACE) is to advance the University's interests related to the federal government, DC and other relevant local governments, the DC community, and the neighborhoods surrounding campus (including both issues of direct interest to the University and interests of indirect interest because of our additional focus on the common good).

The Special Initiatives Manager supports the internal and external stakeholder engagement (with a special focus on communications) necessary to advance the University's goals in the specific areas of federal relations, local government relations, community partnerships, and neighborhood engagement - with an emphasis on highlighting university community and federal engagement.  Particularly important audiences include a) relevant federal audiences, b) relevant local audiences, including local government and other community leaders, immediate neighbors, civic and business organizations, key community partners, and c) University faculty, staff and students.

The Special Initiatives Manger provides substantive support to the Vice President for Government Relations and Community Engagement on communications and other special initiatives.  Key responsibilities include leading the Community Engagement Inventory Project and advancing the strategic communications function for both community engagement (that would likely include, but not be limited to, a regular e-newsletter and a social media component) and engagement with relevant federal audiences.

The Special Initiatives Manager's performance affects the success of the University's master planning and campus plan implementation efforts; the University's ability to increase awareness and understanding of the University's engagement in the community and in the federal policy sphere and, more importantly, to leverage and facilitate the expansion and development of those engagements in ways that support the University's strategic goals. Reporting to the Vice President of Government Relations and Community Engagement, the Special Initiatives Manager has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the Community Engagement Inventory project including development of the community engagement database with mapping capability;
  • Building and facilitating effective internal and external communications systems to highlight the University's diverse and multiple engagements with the DC community - in support of the University's strategic engagement with the federal government, local government, local community, and neighbors. One strategy would focus on locally-focused communications and another would focus on federally-focused communications. Systems likely include, but are not limited to, a regular e-newsletter(s) and social media;
  • Ensuring that the University's communications about its engagement with the community are supportive and aligned with the campus plan and other planning priorities and related strategies;
  • Ensuring the University's communications about its engagement on federal and related issues is supportive and aligned with the university's federal priorities;
  • Supporting the University's community service and civic engagement initiatives;
  • Participating in the development and implementation of the University's political engagement strategy with relevant government offices and policy makers (both locally and federally); and
  • Supporting the University's leadership and engagement in the local and federal higher education sector.


  • Bachelor's degree - preference for Master's degree
  • 2 to 5 years of professional work experience, preferably in the area of communications and/or community or federal relations or engagement, and/or public policy
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience and/or agility with a wide range of communication tools, including social media
  • Capacity to exercise sound judgment and think strategically
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize effectively, work multiple tasks at one time with attention to detail, and to meet deadlines on a wide variety of assignments

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education and/or familiarity with Georgetown University
  • Standard IT office skills required (e.g., Word, Gmail, Excel), familiarity with the Salesforce CRM tool and/or Mail Chimp and/or basic graphic design software
  • Experience managing social media accounts required, experience managing an institutional social media presence

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