Government and Community Relations Public Relations Specialist

Fairfax, VA
Compensation Range: Up to $75,000/year; commensurate with education and experience.
Jan 13, 2022
Apr 16, 2022
Full Time
Government and Community Relations Public Relations SpecialistThe George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations, which promotes George Mason University with key stakeholder groups including political, governmental as well as business and civic communities, is seeking a communications professional, experienced in developing timely and long-term strategies to engage elected leaders and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level, as well as high level CEOs/stakeholders at companies in the region. George Mason University changes lives and we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who wants to be a part of that mission. Annual leave available at the start date, employee tuition exemption, and a hybrid work environment are just a few of the benefits Mason has to offer its employees. In addition to a first-class culture at Virginia's largest Public University, this position offers:Potential for flexible hybrid telework schedulingCompetitive salaryOutstanding benefits including: Health & life insurance, multiple industry leading retirement plans available including state Hybrid Plan or Optional Retirement Plan; accrued paid days off per year; paid holidays; paid winter break; paid sick leave; paid volunteer leave; tuition reimbursement at GMU; and employee assistance programs.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The position will be responsible for creating and implementing the Office of Government and Community Relations' public relations and communications outreach plan to increase awareness of George Mason University's research, resources, and community contributions to elected officials, government agencies, and business and civic communities; and proactively connect these external stakeholders to key university initiatives and opportunities. The position will report to the Executive Director for Operations, and Community and Local Government Relations, but will also work closely with the Vice President for Government and Community Relations, the Executive Director for State Government Relations, and the Director for Federal Government Relations. Required Qualifications:Strong written and oral communication skills, on a variety of communications platforms, including social media;Ability to engage political, government, civic and business communities through a variety of communication strategies;Ability to identify and cultivate strategic partnerships and initiatives that will connect the university with elected officials and government agencies at all levels of government, as well as civic and business groups, that will fulfill the goals and objectives of the University's strategic plan; Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail;Ability to quickly acquire and communicate basic knowledge of Mason's resources, research, and areas of excellence;Strong human relations and customer service skills; Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with initiative to perform in the position with little or no supervision; andKnowledge of EMMA email marketing platform a plus.Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience; Public Relations, Communications and Government Relations background preferable; and Substantial experience (minimum of seven years' preferred) in communications with a variety of stakeholders. Political campaign and/or media reporting experience preferred. A general understanding of the local, state, and federal political landscape and the Northern Virginia business community a plus.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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