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Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Job Description

Position Number:




Functional Title:

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Category Status:

35-Exempt Contingent Category 2

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



PLCY-Center for Global Sustainability

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Position Description:
The Director of Communications and Public Affairs will lead initiatives to support, enhance, measure, and communicate the impact of CGS on policy, research, and other outcomes at global, national, and state levels. This is a key leadership position and reports to the CGS director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university.

10 or more years of experience and four or more years of supervisor experience.


  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline.
  • Expertise in climate, energy, and sustainability issues.
  • Experience working with both universities and policy environments outside of academia.
  • Experience in linking research insights to external impact.
  • At least 10 years of experience in relevant areas, including marketing, communications, external affairs, media engagement, government relations, and/or brand management.
  • Senior management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • The ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Commitment to enhancing CGS’s mission and goals.

Additional Information:

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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