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Vice President of Public Information, Advocacy and External Relations
Santa Clarita, CA
Posted Mar 29, 2013 by College of the Canyons
Category: Vice President


College of the Canyons, located 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley, is seeking a Vice President of Public Information, Advocacy and External Relations professional to join our team.

The Vice President of Public Information, Advocacy and External Relations, a Classified Management position.

Under direction of the Chancellor, provide counsel and assistance in furthering college goals and objectives through strategic communications, community and media relations, legislative advocacy, public relations and marketing activities; plan, organize, control and direct college-wide marketing, community relations, legislative and public relations programs; coordinate activities with federal, state and local elected officials, public and private industry leaders and representatives from community and service organizations; serve as representative and liaison to leaders in the community, government, media, K-12 and higher education entities at the local, state and federal level; and assist the Chancellor with Board and external relations activities. The Vice President is an executive-cabinet level position responsible for the internal and external communication functions of the district and supervises the Public Information Office, Reprographics Center, Graphic Design Department, and Switchboard/Reception/Mailroom Communications Center.

Minimum five years of full time equivalent recent professional public relations or marketing/communications work, including management of staff and of comprehensive programs involving publications, media relations, advertising, and public relations.

Successful completion of a Master’s degree, from an accredited college or university, in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or a closely related field.

College of the Canyons is a California community college that serves the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding regions within a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County. The college opened with 735 students in 1969 and now serves nearly 22,000 students per semester on two campuses – in Valencia and Canyon Country – under the umbrella of the Santa Clarita Community College District.

Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. The college offers 74 degree and 84 certificate programs, and is focused on staying ahead of the technology curve both operationally and academically. This emphasis is reflected by nearly 3,000 networked computers spanning two campuses and more than 50 separate computer labs for students.

The local community has been historically and enthusiastically supportive of its local college, having approved two bond measures valued at more than $220 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities to be built to accommodate them.

The college boasts clean, modern facilities, a capable and enthusiastic staff, innovative programs and high-tech solutions. It is, quite simply, a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Those who are involved with the college discover unlimited opportunities. They can be innovative and entrepreneurial, and they can set the stage for things to come.

Application materials must be submitted by the end of the day in the Human Resources Office on May 22, 2013. Please visit our website for complete job announcement and instructions for applying. Applicants may apply online or download an application at http://www.canyons.edu. Applications may also be requested by calling our job line at (661) 259-7800, ext. 7231 TTY: (661) 362-5178.




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