Job Description

Payroll Title:
Scripps Institution of Oceanog
Hiring Salary Range
$21.02 - $32.52 / Hour
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day

#119017 External Relations Specialist 2

Filing Deadline: Fri 10/7/2022

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Implements noncomplex programs, events and/or communication strategies designed to inform key constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices.

Provide confidential research, analysis, and analytical support for unit staff of UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Office of Institutional Planning, Government Relations, Strategic Partnerships, and Events. Research and analysis duties include research of various topics relevant to work with key external constituencies in government and science policy; locating and reviewing congressional testimony, government reports, and agency budgets; preparing synopses and summaries for SIO leadership; draft correspondence; and maintaining unit contact, proposal, and funding databases. Assist with the planning of high-level institutional visits from external constituents and meetings, and prepare briefing materials.


  • Knowledge of basic concepts and principles of building and maintaining effective relations with a variety of alumni and other key constituencies.

  • Basic knowledge of the institution, its mission, vision, goals, achievements, policies, and infrastructure.

  • Organizational skills including skills to meet prescribed deadlines; event planning skills.

  • Written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including tact and political acumen to effectively represent the institution.

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Applicable computer skills.

  • For staff in Government/Community Relations: basic knowledge of public policy and the legislative process.

  • Graduation from college with a major in business administration, economics, statistics, educational administration, political science, or an allied field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • General knowledge of federal/state/local/private research funding programs and processes.

  • General knowledge of state and federal legislative branch committee system; legislative calendar; executive branch and legislative budget process.

  • Knowledge of statutory duties and powers of the State of California and US Government constitutional officers, cabinet members, and members of the legislative branch.

  • Experience drafting correspondence, summaries, and reports; ability to type and enter data with reasonable speed and accuracy, and to edit and proofread final products for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typographical errors.

  • Knowledge of Federal and State government protocol.

  • Ability to enter, edit, retrieve information, recognize errors, and initiate corrections while using standard software applications, such as Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, PowerPoint, Adobe applications, mail merge, and e-mail programs. Ability to work on a Macintosh platform.

  • Experience assisting with planning events/meetings from inception to completion.

  • Experience effectively communicating in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population including government VIPs, industry representatives, academics, students and staff, etc.

  • Previous experience assisting in the process of preparing presentations and reports.

  • Demonstrated ability to research topics and gather information using the WWW and library resources. Strong knowledge of document conversion processes using Adobe and other programs. General understanding of and comfort with information technology.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and excel in a team environment

  • Knowledge and experience with Federal/State/local science/environmental policy issues.


Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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