Public Affairs Coordinator

Shattuck Annex, 724 SW Harrison St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
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Job Description

Position Details

Proposed Start Date

Classification Title
Administrative Support

N - No Rank

Working Title
Public Affairs Coordinator

100200 - GOV Government Relations

Position Number

UU - Unclassified Unrepresented


End date, if applicable

Position FTE

Tenure Status
N - not applicable

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
PSU Government Relations is located in the Office of the President. We coordinate the university’s legislative and advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels by building and strengthening relationships with PSU’s constituencies and encouraging investment in and support for the university, its programs, and its initiatives. PSU Government Relations works closely with staff, faculty, and students to identify opportunities to highlight research, grow programming, and facilitate connections with policymakers and other stakeholders. We are the liaison between the university and local, state, and federal governments and agencies.

Position Summary
The Public Affairs Coordinator provides administrative support to the President’s Office, the Board of Trustees, the Government Affairs Office, and the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. PSU’s Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the University before the Oregon Legislature, Oregon state agencies (including, but not limited to, the Oregon Higher Education Commission), local government bodies, Congress, and federal agencies.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate professionally with a variety of people.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to use software including Google suite and Microsoft products.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete simple accounting.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the public, elected officials and higher education administrators.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Portland State University and the metropolitan area.
  • Experience supporting professionals in a fast-paced, high profile work environment.

Key Cultural Competencies
  • Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
  • Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Work Days/Hours
Normally 8:30 to 5:00, Monday - Friday; however evening and weekend hours will be required.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
Salary is dependent on several factors, and new employees will typically start around the Q1 level to allow for later growth within the salary band. PSU has a structured process for determining starting compensation, taking into account years of related experience, applicable skills, knowledge and abilities, market parity, and internal equity. The starting annual salary for this position will be $39,384 – $45,780.

Portland State has an excellent benefits package including 95% employer-paid health insurance premiums (employees and eligible dependents) and significantly reduced tuition rates for employees and eligible dependents at any of the Oregon Public Universities. After completing six full months employees are eligible to choose between our two employer-paid pension programs in addition to two voluntary retirement programs. Wellness options include access to the PSU Rec Center at a reduced rate and free wellness programs. For a comprehensive view of all PSU benefits, visit the PSU Total Compensation Calculator.

Application Instructions

Additional Information
For full consideration, please apply by May 6.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)
Please list the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for three professional references.

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Background Check Required

Position End Date (if applicable)

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