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|Title:||Associate, Public Affairs & Governmental Affairs|
|Department:||Office of Public Affairs and Office of Governmental Affairs|
|Supervisor:||Senior Vice President, Public Affairs (primary) & Vice President, Governmental Affairs|
|Application Deadline:||Accepting applications until the position is filled (preference will be given to applications submitted by March 31, 2023)|
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) seeks an Associate to support both the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Governmental Affairs. Within the Office of Public Affairs, the Associate will assist with social media, event planning, graphic design, video editing, member services, and administrative duties, including providing logistical support for the Council of Strategic Communications, which is comprised of senior communications leaders from APLU member institutions. Administrative support for the Office of Governmental Affairs will include performing a broad array of administrative tasks to ensure effective office and project operations including scheduling meetings and coordinating calendars and overseeing the payment of invoices and other finance administrative responsibilities.
The Associate will also help serve as a bridge between the two offices to advance APLU’s advocacy work through various communications tools, including newsletters, media, and online presence as well as providing dedicated communications support for social media, graphic design, and web-based content that helps support the association’s advocacy work. Additionally, the Associate will provide logistical and administrative support to APLU’s Advisory Group of General Counsels, including scheduling meetings and coordinating agendas for monthly virtual meetings.
The successful candidate will be a strong writer, creative, and well-organized with strong social media experience, graphic design experience, an understanding of media and politics, an interest in public higher education issues, and a great sense of humor. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC. The incumbent must reside in DC, MD, or VA, be up-to-date with their COVID vaccinations, and pass standard background checks. The incumbent will be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. For more information about APLU, please visit www.aplu.org.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of more than 250 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5.4 million undergraduates and 1.4 million graduate students, award 1.5 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $51 billion in university-based research.
APLU’s Office of Public Affairs is responsible for promoting the work of APLU and its members to a wide array of internal and external audiences. The office works closely with senior communicators at member institutions to help support their work and coordinate messaging on issues related to public higher education.
APLU’s Office of Governmental Affairs leads the association’s engagement with Congress and the Executive Branch to advance policy that furthers the ability of public universities to impact society through their education, research and community engagement missions. As a membership association with institutions in all 50 states, APLU is uniquely positioned to effectively advocate for its policy priorities. APLU’s advocacy is conducted in close collaboration with member institutions through its Council on Governmental Affairs, which consists of university federal relations officers.
The responsibilities of the Public Affairs & Governmental Affairs Associate will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Office of Public Affairs (75%)
Office of Governmental Affairs – 25%
Please send a letter of interest (maximum of 2 pages) and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at email@example.com with the subject line: Public Affairs & Governmental Affairs Associate. The letter of interest should focus on how the candidate’s education and/or professional background has prepared them to meet the qualifications and perform the job responsibilities described above. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 31, 2023.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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