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Public Service Faculty - Local and State Government Training

Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA

Listing Summary

Master’s degree in public administration or related field is required.  

Position Summary

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia invites applications for a Public Service Faculty position. The person in this position will serve as a faculty member responsible for training and providing assistance to local governments, and training for state government. The position will be available as early as December 1, 2021, and carries rank in the public service faculty career ladder of the University. The successful candidate will have major responsibility for assistance and training projects involving the training and development of local and state government elected and appointed officials in the areas of leadership and management development, and professional development for local and state government elected and appointed officials.

The position requires some overnight travel (estimated 60 nights per year).  Based on the needs of the Institute of Government, the option to work remotely may be available but not guaranteed. 



  • Manage, monitor, and evaluate certificate and conference programs for state and local government elected officials and appointed practitioners in Georgia.
  • Establish and maintain solid working relationships with professional associations responsible for the training and development of their professional practitioner members.
  • Design, develop, and deliver training programs and courses, related materials, supplementary materials, instructor manuals, activities and procedural manuals, and other instructional aids.
  • Provide technical assistance, consultation, and other services to state government, and county and municipal governments in Georgia.
  • Work with the faculty, professional staff, and others to complete projects and accomplish goals.
  • Participate in division and Institute activities.
  • Participate and work with professional development organizations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Additional Requirements

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public Service Associate.

For information about requirements for each rank, please see Guidelines for Appointments and Promotion (

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of the local government systems of Georgia and state government structure, and the professional development needs of elected and appointed officials is essential. The ideal candidate will have a background in adult education and instruction including developing, designing, and delivering local and state government curricula and five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in public sector leadership development government training. Significant experience (5 or more years) in securing and managing contracts is also desired.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and is expected to be able to effectively research, write, present reports, and train public officials in local and state government leadership development topics. As the position will spend considerable time working directly with local and state officials, both elected, appointed, and staff, it is critical that the candidate possess the desire, ability, and background to interact in a very positive and supportive manner with these important customers of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills are needed as well as an appreciation for the complexities involved in working in a public political setting.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Working knowledge of state, county, and municipal government political structure, functions, and operations.
  • Knowledge of Georgia’s state, municipal and county government current and emerging trends, issues, and challenges.
  • Ability to create and develop effective education programs and related curriculum for public officials in state and local government topics.
  • Ability to learn, adapt, and apply new learning technologies in training and development service delivery.
  • Ability to write grants and/or proposal/bid responses.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to manage long-term projects and client relationships.
  • Ability to develop and apply creative solutions to complex problems.

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