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CUNY Communications Government Relations Manager in Brooklyn, New York

Job Title: Communications Government Relations Manager

Job ID: 21412

Location: Kingsborough Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Reporting to the AVP for Communications and Marketing, the Communications Government Relations Manager at Kingsborough Community College is responsible for producing effective community outreach programs that enhance awareness and appreciation for Kingsborough Community College's mission, and developing and maintaining effective partnerships with governmental, business and community organizations, including government agencies.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and implement a government relations plan to support the College’s community and public relations goals.

  • Establish and implement short-and-long range goals, objectives, and operating procedures for the government relations support function; monitor and evaluate program effectiveness; effect implement changes required for improvement.

  • Regularly attend and represent the College at meetings of neighborhood associations, Chambers of Commerce, community boards, city councils, and other key associations and partners in assigned area. Serve as key point of contact for neighboring businesses, institutions, residents and others. Initiate and support opportunities for them to be engaged in college/campus life, engage them in college/campus issues or changes affecting them, and addresses their concerns.

-Ensure that the College meets its legislative goals by maintaining communications with University leadership, various organization units and constituency groups of the University, State and Federal agencies including the legislature and the New York Congressional delegation as well as lobbyists in order to provide effective support services.

-Act as liaison to faculty seeking government funding.

-Advise and accompany the President and senior staff as needed to select events.

-Prepare sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management.

-Write and prepare written material on a variety of topics such as students, alumni, faculty, campus facilities, academic programs, and/or events.

-Research and write news releases, brochures, profiles, announcements, e-news stories and other materials as needed.

-Produce material to be used in a number of formats such as print, web sites, and presentations.


Bachelor's degree and six years' related experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of State and Federal government organization and legislative processes, including budget appropriations processes.

• Knowledge of State and Federal government issues related to higher education.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

• Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.

  • Previously served in a government relations role and has expertise with coordinating legislative efforts by working with city, state and federal government officials as well as with the media.


Manages government relations activities and initiatives at a campus or unit.

  • For selected government relations activities, serves as a liaison to members of government and affiliated agencies, and their staffs

  • Engages representatives of government agencies in ongoing campus activities and orients them to key programs and initiates at the campus

  • Collaborates with community organizations on selected initiatives

  • Partners with college departments and experts to determine priorities and initiatives

  • Develops and implements strategies to engage students/student organizations in government relations activities

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Associate




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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December 26, 2019


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.