Title: Associate, Public Affairs Department: Office of Public Affairs Supervisor: Senior Vice President, Public AffairsLevel: AssociateStatus: Full-Time; Non-Exempt Location: Washington, DCApplication Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled (preference will be given to applications submitted by February 12, 2021) SummaryThe Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) seeks a Public Affairs Associate to assist with social media, event planning, graphic design, video editing, member services, and administrative duties. The Public Affairs Associate will be responsible for the associations day-to-day social media activities, including designing related graphics. The associate will also: be responsible for the associations morning news roundup for members, maintain and grow accurate media lists, and provide key support for the Council of Strategic Communications, which is comprised of senior communications leaders from APLU member institutions. The successful candidate will be a strong writer, creative, and well-organized with strong social media experience, graphic design experience, an understanding of media and politics, and an interest in public higher education issues and a great sense of humor.This full-time position is based in Washington, DC. For more information about APLU please visit . BackgroundAPLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 245 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research. The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for promoting the work of APLU and its members to a wide array of internal and external audiences.The office works closely with senior communicators at member institutions to help support their work and coordinate messaging on issues related to public higher education.ResponsibilitiesThe responsibilities of Public Affairs Associate will include, but not be limited to, the following:With guidance and direction from others in the Office of Public Affairs, carry out APLUs day-to-day social media activity, which will include regular posting of relevant, engaging content; monitoring accounts and strategically engaging others; and coordinating with others to further amplify APLUs message.Coordinate APLUs daily Morning News Scan e-mail to members.Advise and assist other offices within APLU on effective social media practices.Regularly develop graphics for use on social media and elsewhere.Oversee the Council on Strategic Communications (CSC) membership list to facilitate engagement of senior communications leaders at member institutions.Plan and manage the logistics for virtual (and eventually again in-person) CSC meetings and events, including coordinating with meeting venues and serving as point person for logistics.Assist with laying out and designing brief reports.Edit short videos for use on social media and at conferences.Build and maintain diverse, comprehensive media lists that include specialized lists identifying reporters to reach out to in a timely fashion and new media outlets and opportunities to share APLUs work.Help draft regular updates to the council membership.Promote and market APLU events meetings, policy forums, etc.Help with the curation of APLUs website.Assist with photography and videography at APLU events.Help identify new opportunities to share APLUs message.Other administrative duties as assigned.Preferred QualificationsCommunications and/or administrative support experience. Extremely strong written and verbal communications skills.Excellent organizational skills.Creative thinker.Experience using social media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn to strategically communicate and advance organizational goals.A great sense of humor.Experience with Adobe Creative Suite of products (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, etc.).Experience planning and coordinating events, including workshops, webinars, and conferences.Works well with a team and takes initiative on projects when appropriate.Photography and videography experience a plus.Experience with email marketing systems and website content management systems a plus.An interest in issues related to public higher education.Willingness to learn new skills, show initiative, and take on new challenges.A good political mind with an understanding of how the news media, Congress and the Executive Branch work.Did we mention a great sense of humor?Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Dynamics 365, and Zoom a plus.Bachelors degree.To ApplyPlease send a letter of interest (maximum of 2 pages) and resume to APLUs Human Resources Department at with the subject line: Public Affairs Associate. Letter of interests should focus on how the candidates education and/or professional background has prepared them to meet the qualifications and perform the job responsibilities described above. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 12, 2021.APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Read more about APLUs Commitment to Diversity here.
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