Communications and Governmental Relations Officer

  • Imperial Valley College
  • Imperial, CA, USA
  • Jan 25, 2020
Full time   External Relations, PR, Marketing Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Communications and Governmental Relations Officer

Application Deadline:
3/5/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Representative Duties

Under the direction of the Superintendent/President, create and implement the District's governmental relations, marketing, and communications program including public affairs and legislative advocacy, public information, media and community relations, advertising and recruitment, crisis communication, District publications, campus signage, customer service and public events.


1. Monitor and report on national and state legislation affecting community colleges. Develop, implement and promote strategies to advance District initiatives to legislators, elected officials, officers and staff of other governmental and community agencies, and other internal and external constituencies. E
2. Cultivate relationships and effectively advocate District interests with local, state, and federal elected and appointed government officials and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Serve in a leadership role for the San Diego Imperial Counties Community College Association. E
3. Facilitate District involvement in regional and statewide organizations and coalitions focused on legislation, economic development and communications/marketing. E
4. Assist the Superintendent/President and executive staff with executive communications. Advise the Superintendent/President regarding public and internal community relations issues. E
5. Serve as official District spokesperson, act as the District's primary liaison with the news media, and direct the preparation and dissemination of news releases. E
6. Establish rapport and relationships with area newspapers and other mass media outlets. Prepares media campaigns for newspapers, radio, and television. Writes external and internal news releases, articles, speeches, and reports as necessary. E
7. Develop, implement and direct District-wide public information, media relations, marketing, and social media strategies and activities. Responsible for brand building; the planning, development and production of in-house promotional materials including credit and noncredit course schedules and annual report; and the organization of district promotional activities such as dedications, grand openings, recruitment and promotional activities. E
8. Develop and maintain internal and external communications designed to keep District employees and the general public informed of District events and accomplishments. E
9. Develop and maintain the content of the District website. Utilizing web analytics, work with institutional staff to maintain accuracy, currency, functionality and user-friendliness of the website. E
10. Serve as the district point of contact for information requests including those falling under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Understand the CPRA and respond accordingly. Maintain records of CPRA requests. Develop and update Board policy and procedure for responding to public records requests. E
11. Direct crisis communications and communications related to emergency preparedness/planning. Serve as District Public Information Officer on the district Emergency Management Team. E
12. Select, train, supervise and evaluate assigned staff. Direct the work of staff, consultants, graphic artists, printers, photographers and others involved in projects and programs of the Office of Governmental Relations, Marketing and Communications. E
13. Develop and maintain campus signage/wayfinding systems and maps as needed and maintain accuracy of campus signage. E
14. Develop and administer the department budget. E
15. Perform related duties as assigned.

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Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with major course work in communication, marketing, public relations or similar field of study. Minimum of three years of responsible experience in public information, government relations and marketing; experience developing and implementing public information/public relations programs. Master's Degree and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) preferred.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

Supplemental Information

Initial Salary placement is normally at Range 6 step 1. Initial placement may be negotiated higher depending on education and experience. Please click here to view current salary schedule.

EEO Information

Imperial Valley College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Employer/employee paid medical coverage options, dental, vision, and life insurance. For additional information, click here (Download PDF reader).

Earned annual sick leave.

Earned annual vacation leave for classified and confidential classified employees.

Enrollment in a California Retirement System.


Please answer the following questions specifically and completely. These supplemental questions will be used with other application materials to screen applicants for interview. Applicants should submit at least one well-developed paragraph for each pf the supplemental questions. Answers should be thoughtful, substantive, carefully edited and may be much longer than one paragraph. If your response exceeds the maximum 600 character limit, you may continue your response by attaching an additional typed document. Please make sure to identify the questions by number. I have read and understand the above statements.

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Supplemental Question A: Please describe what you consider to be the most important qualifications you have that would especially qualify you to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.


Supplemental Question B: What values or qualities would you bring to Imperial Valley College that would make a positive contribution to the campus?


Supplemental Question C: How would you ensure inclusiveness and diversity in your daily activities?


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The Imperial Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and will implement a comprehensive program to put those principles into practice. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, political or organizational affiliation, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will strive to achieve a workforce that is welcoming to men, women, persons with disabilities and individuals from all ethnic and other groups to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment. Such an environment fosters cooperation, acceptance, democracy and free expression of ideas.

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