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Title: Associate, Public Affairs
Department: Office of Public Affairs
Supervisor: Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Status: Full-Time; Non-Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled (preference will be given to applications submitted by February 12, 2021)
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) seeks a Public Affairs Associate to assist with social media, event planning, graphic design, video editing, member services, and administrative duties. The Public Affairs Associate will be responsible for the association’s day-to-day social media activities, including designing related graphics. The associate will also: be responsible for the association’s morning news roundup for members, maintain and grow accurate media lists, and provide key support for the Council of Strategic Communications, which is comprised of senior communications leaders from APLU member institutions. 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, and an interest in public higher education issues and a great sense of humor. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC.
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 245 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 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research.
The 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.
The responsibilities of Public Affairs Associate will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Please send a letter of interest (maximum of 2 pages) and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Public Affairs Associate. Letter of interests 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 February 12, 2021.
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. Read more about APLU’s Commitment to Diversity here.