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CUNY Communications and College Relations Specialist in New York, New York

Communications and College Relations Specialist

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John Jay College

Full/Part Time






John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


The Communications and College Relations Specialist will enter the Division at a time of bold strategic redeployment of student support efforts. The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs is innovative and team-oriented division providing integrated, student-centered educational activities that empower students to lead engaged socially responsible lives. Operating in a commuter, urban environment, John Jay students are affected by many external factors. This drives us to strengthen communication and support while working as efficiently as possible, following best practices in the student fields of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

Reporting directly to the Director of Special Projects for the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Communications Specialist will support and implement marketing activities that will advance division initiatives. In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the selected candidate will:

  • Design and create marketing materials including but not limited to ads, flyers, posters, digital signage, banners, Divisional newsletters, blogs, email, and web graphics and social media posts.

  • Implement a division-wide strategic communication plan that will coordinate divisional branding and visual identity.

  • Collaborate with the college’s student organizations to increase their social media presence by educating them on communication and branding strategies across platforms.

  • As a member of the Student Affairs Technology Committee, work with all Enrollment Management and Student Affairs units to streamline the Division's social media communication plan and sit on other communications or social media committees as needed.

  • Conduct focus groups and market research to advance division initiatives.

  • Liaise and work closely with Enrollment Management, Marketing & Development, and other areas collaboratively to ensure proper communication with admitted students.

  • Monitor and build online conversations and communities that support the social media strategy and other marketing efforts.

  • Provide social media training and support for departments within the Division and as needed to external partners.

  • Support marketing activities for campus-wide initiatives including but not limited to special and annual signature events.

  • Stay current on new technologies, best practices, and trends in social media within higher education and Student Affairs.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


  • May include some weekend and evening assignments.


Assists in establishing and maintaining relationships with external entities and communities, representing the College's positions and interests

  • Serves as a liaison to one or more external organizations, representing the College and building working relationships with the leadership of these organizations

  • Plans and implements communications campaigns, working with publications staff

  • Develops an understanding of the concerns of external organizations and communicates these to appropriate College management

  • Plans public activities and contributes to marketing of College activities and programs to external groups

  • With College publications and editorial personnel, plans, writes, and produces publicity materials and other external communications

  • May maintain relationships with media representatives

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Communications and College Relations Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




$51,242 - $61,188.

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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Review of resumes May 17, 2022.

Posting closes on May 31, 2022.


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.