University of the Pacific: California's First University

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,100 students and nine schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

The Position

The Government and Community Relations Director is responsible for serving the University of the Pacific in all three campuses (Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco) by building and strengthening the university’s relationships with government officials and agencies, business associations and community-based organizations at the federal, state, and local government levels.

Reporting to the university’s AVP of Strategic Communications with dotted line reporting to the president, the Government and Community Relations Director will implement and carry forward strategies for external relations, business engagement and social responsibility in accordance with the university’s overall strategy.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in External Relations, Business, Communications, Political Science or related field.
  • Three (3) years of related work experience in government and community affairs.


  • Five (5) years of related work experience in government and community affairs.

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise include:

  • Strategic alliance building with a passion for higher education.
  • Thorough understanding of current developments in state and national higher education policy; comprehensive knowledge of state government structures and decision-making processes.
  • Experience working with highly sensitive and confidential political issues involving community and local, state and federal legislators.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with judgment and ability to make decisions independently and negotiate solutions.
  • Ability to read, understand and clearly draft proposed legislation.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group at all levels of an organization including faculty, staff, students, senior administrators and external constituents.


Apply Now

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a cover letter and current resume, as well as provide contact information for three professional references with their online application.

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.