Public Affairs Specialist

Position Overview

Department – Office of Advancement
Supervisor – President and Vice President for Advancement
Benefits – Yes
Status – Full-time

About Bushnell University

Bushnell University is a Christian, private, liberal-arts, comprehensive university closely affiliated with churches of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. From this unique heritage Bushnell University embraces the ideal that we are “Christians only” – but not the “only Christians” – and offers its resources to students and congregations of many church traditions. These students are affiliated with denominational and non-denominational groups, such as Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Foursquare, Lutheran, Nazarene, Episcopal, Assembly of God, Catholic, and Community Churches. The University was founded in 1895 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Position Information

Job Summary

The Public Affairs Specialist will represent the University in the wider community in ways that enhance advancement and admissions goals while fostering credibility and overall reputation.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

As a full participant with the Advancement Office, and in coordination with the Office of the President and other University departments, this person will:
  • Coordinate story development with other departments across campus for web site posts, social media posts, external media pitches, and publication in The Beacon magazine.
  • Participate in the Integrated Marketing Council of the University in collaboration with the Admissions Office to provide an inclusive, united marketing strategy for the wider University including, but not limited to
        • Clarity, quality, and promotion of our brand.
        • Media strategies (television, radio, billboards, newspapers).
        • Promotional materials.
  • Work in concert with the President’s Office to build strategic alliances in the community, region, and nation to support the advancement of fundraising initiatives, student enrollment, curriculum development, University reputation, and the refinement of marketing initiatives.
  • Engage local political and community leaders to meet with the President and other University leadership as appropriate to build relationships based on an understanding of Bushnell and its position in the community.
  • Contribute to a creative and consistent strategy for the use of social media to further Advancement efforts.
  • Create, solicit, and sustain an active portfolio of donors and/or donor organizations, in coordination with the Advancement team.
  • Contribute to grant writing efforts, including identification of opportunities, grant-writing, and campus-wide quality control in regard to production, delivery, and oversight of grant projects. All of this must be in partnership with relevant University departments and initiatives.
  • Provide crisis communication as a face of the University to the wider community in situations that require public statements for various media entities.
In relationship to other staff and faculty, this person would:
  • Work under the Supervision of the Vice President for University Advancement and the President
  • Work in partnership and friendly collaboration with other Advancement Team members and participate in Advancement Team meetings as directed
  • Participate in the Integrated Marketing Council
  • While much of this role is out-facing, this person should stay connected and involved with University life in order to create and dispense compelling stories and images, representing the University with accuracy and imagination while contributing to the unity and progress of the campus community

Experience and Qualification Requirements

This person will have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and proficiency in the fields of public relations, journalism, communication, and media.

This person must exhibit:

  • Relational and communication skills necessary to represent the University in the wider community with consistent warmth and credibility
  • Cooperation, collaboration, and a commitment to friendly, mutually accountable team relationships
  • Writing proficiency, creativity, and extraordinary attention to detail
  • Proficiency in social media platforms and communication strategies
  • Warmth, approachability, and self-initiating public presence in off-campus interactions
  • Attention to calendar and the rhythm and flow of advancement strategies, as well as strict adherence to deadlines
  • A maturing relationship with Christ, a committed involvement in a local church, and the ability to communicate core themes of Christian faith and practice in order to represent the values and beliefs of the University with accuracy

Working Conditions/Special Requirements

  • Bushnell University employees must have a maturing Christian Faith and live in compliance with the duties and expectations as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
  • The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
  • The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
  • All employees of Bushnell University are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/pages/mandatory_report.aspx for specific information.
  • The position requires a strong ability to communicate effectively and succinctly, both verbally and in writing, utilizing tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position.
  • Must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
  • This person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of the department and the University.
  • This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs, as well as bending, stooping, kneeling for the purposes of setting up and taking down event-oriented materials.
  • This position description is subject to change at any time.

Application Instructions

Bushnell University employees are expected to abide by the Theological Context for Bushnell Community Life. Please read this document before continuing.

Required Application Materials

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials:

  • Bushnell Employment Application
  • Cover letter addressing skills, experience, and knowledge
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of Faith that addresses:
    • how a maturing Christian faith finds expression in the candidate’s personal life, family life, community life, and current church membership;
    • how the candidate integrates faith into his or her work life;
    • the candidate’s understanding of and ability to support Bushnell University’s Theological Context for Community Life statement.
  • Contact information for three references, preferably including the applicant’s pastor or other appropriate church leader who is able to address the applicant’s faith background.

How to Send Application Materials

Option 1: Email application materials to kpotter@bushnell.edu

Option 2: Mail application materials to:

Keith Potter
Vice President for Advancement
Bushnell University
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

Please note: Incomplete application packets may result in disqualification. Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.


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