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CUNY Director of Government and Community Relations in New York, New York

Director of Government and Community Relations

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Baruch College

Full/Part Time





Reporting directly to the Vice President, the Director of Government and Community Relations will serve as a primary liaison with government and elected officials at the city, state, and federal level, as well as leaders at community organizations and other external stakeholders to advance the mission of Baruch College. The Director will support Baruch’s strategic initiatives by developing, maintaining, and deepening effective relationships with strategic partners of the College, with a primary focus on governmental, civic, community, and nonprofit organizations.

The Director of Government and Community Relations will:

-Develop and implement strategic government and community outreach initiatives and programs.

-Manage external relations involving the College in political, governmental, and community arenas.

-Represent the College and develop strong working relationships with community boards, advocacy, and civic groups and local, state and federal government officials to maintain the college’s visibility and positive reputation.

-Develop strategic partnerships with a variety of community organizations that can produce opportunities to showcase the College’s thought leadership, as well as student-focused opportunities, including employment, internships, and real-world experiential learning.

-Build relationships across the College and with community and government partners to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities.

-Partner with colleagues across the College to ensure a streamlined and consistent approach when engaging external parties;develop college-wide processes for engagement across Baruch’s three schools and Centers and Institutes.

-Lead efforts to strategically engage elected officials and government agencies at the city, state and federal level. Some regional travel outside New York City may be required in regards to visits to state and federal officials.

-Lead Baruch’s efforts to identify potential public funding sources for operating and capital budget needs from city and state sources and collaborate with College personnel to develop funding requests to support the strategic priorities of the College.

-Monitor city and state budget negotiations and brief senior administration on appropriations and the status of existing requests.

-Track relevant policy/legislative actions, including on the federal level, and provide timely alerts and informed briefings, including analyzing issues of importance to the college and coordinating with senior administration on the development of policy positions.

-Partner with the marketing team to promote the wide variety of offerings from Baruch College to legislators and policy makers.

-Partner with public relations and communications teams to ensure opportunities for visibility and branding are identified and leveraged.

-Leverage digital communications tools (including web pages, social media and newsletters) to reflect current College strategies and up-to-date information.

-Research and write editorial for senior administration, including policy positions and strategies, event remarks, testimony and presentations and other content, as requested.

-Collaborate with CUNY’s central administration and college staff on programs to advance the University’s legislative and community engagement agendas.

-Engage with students, especially the Undergraduate Student Government, for lobbying and advocacy.


Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ related experience in a government or community relations context.

Other Qualifications:

Master’s Degree preferred coupled with minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in the major assignment areas, preferably in policy, government or in a staff position to an elected official. Experience with higher education is a plus. Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to interact effectively with policymakers, their staffs, and members of the Baruch community are essential. Ability to function at a high level of diplomacy and confidentiality and the ability to professionally and effectively represent the College to internal and external constituencies. Occasional evening or weekend work as well as occasional travel are required.


Directs a program of communications and advocacy at Federal, State, Regional, and/or Borough levels on behalf of the College or Unit.

  • Sets overall strategy to advance College or Unit programs

  • Prepares and presents positions on imperatives impacting the College/Unit and its broader constituencies

  • Monitors and coordinates legislative initiatives with potential impact

  • Represents the College/Unit with external governmental organizations

  • Serves as spokesperson for College legislative affairs and is the primary contact for legislative issues

  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with appropriate governmental entities, seeking collaborations to meet common objectives

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Communications Government Relations Director


Higher Education Officer




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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February 10, 2022


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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