Community Relations Specialist

US-CA-Costa Mesa
Company
University of Phoenix
Job Family
Enrollment/Marketing
Virtual Eligible
No
Requisition ID
2017-9206
Position Type
Full-Time

Overview

The Community Relations Specialist acts as the brand ambassador for the university in the SoCal market. This position plans, develops and coordinates community relations and business development activities to support campus growth and to create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization. Community Relations Specialist activities can include alumni, students, faculty, staff, Employer Partnership Group, non-profit partners, potential students and the community at large.

Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops and implements community relations activities that promote and increase awareness of the organization, as well as, meet departmental goals and objectives
  • Adheres to the community relations departmental budget as it relates to the campus and/or organizational budget 
  • Participates and may lead or facilitate information meetings, events, programs, and any other campus functions as it relates to community relations
  • Researches and coordinates community relations programs and/or activities to favorably position the university among the business, government and other communities as well as alumni, students, faculty and staff
  • Researches and arranges for appropriate speaking opportunities for company personnel at professional associations, business organization luncheons, Chamber Events and meetings to promote the goodwill of the organization. Maintains a calendar of community events for promotional purposes
  • Researches and arranges for appropriate community lead generation paid events for campus staff to attend and/or host. Maintains a calendar of events
  • Works with marketing personnel to coordinate community relations activities with promotional and lead generating activities
  • Participates and may lead or facilitate campus and/or organizational task forces or committees 
  • Fosters and maintains contact within the community or participates in community boards or associations to monitor the immediate external or local environment for legislation or events that will potentially affect the organization. Keeps campus or regional management abreast of such issues
  • Guides and serves as a resource to local and regional enrollment personnel
  • Works as a liaison with campus leadership and central administration to ensure operational efficiency within the enrollment department
  • Some local travel will be required

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business or related field
  • Experience with the higher education market and industry
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in business to business sales, technology sales, and/or business development
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in public speaking, public relations, event planning, strategy development and implementation
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience with negotiating contracts, proposals or agreements with vendors, outside partners and organizations and interface with internal accounting and finance representatives to manage event budgets.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in developing and implementing lead generation plans and objectives 

Additional Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Business or related field, strongly preferred

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