The University of Cincinnati (UC) seeks an innovative leader for the newly created position of Executive Director for Government Relations. The Executive Director will report directly to the President and serve on the President’s Cabinet. Stationed on the Clifton campus, the Executive Director will coordinate all government relations efforts across the institution. This leader will build relationships and manage day-to-day activities, especially at the local and regional levels. To the extent UC works with external firms to assist with government relations at other levels, the Executive Director will actively manage and assess these partnerships with the goal of optimizing the University’s investment and impact. At every turn, the Executive Director will advocate for UC’s strategic priorities and champion its long-term vision of “Leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact.”
In consultation with the President, create short-term and long-term action plans for leveraging government relations to advance the University’s strategic priorities;
Serve as the University’s primary contact for all government relations efforts;
Ensure alignment, coordination and messaging across all levels of government engagement from local to state to federal;
Actively manage external firm(s) to assist with government relations;
Partner with the President’s Cabinet to identify opportunities and deliver results;
Effectively monitor, analyze and advise on legislation, regulations, programs and proposals;
Prepare high quality briefing documents and advocacy materials;
Organize advocacy meetings, special visits and campus tours with key officials;
Attend relevant government meetings, sessions and hearings as needed;
Build partnerships with other government relations professionals and organizations;
Perform other duties as assigned
Champion for UC’s vision of “Leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact”;
Collaborate with regional and state organizations to support strategic objectives.
Bachelor’s degree; advance degree preferred
5 years of relevant professional experience
Willingness to travel as needed
Sound knowledge of higher education, including its mission, culture and trends
Deep understanding of public policy and government affairs at all levels
Self-starter who can thrive in a lean organization
Strong community building and collaboration skills
Demonstrated ability to adapt, bring new ideas forward and execute as approved
Proven ability to be discreet, diplomatic and detail oriented
Places a premium on collaboration, collegiality, innovation and problem solving
Effective verbal, writing, and presentation skills
Demonstrated experience with project management and budgeting
Savvy advocate for the value and impact of higher education
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.
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About University of Cincinnati
HISTORY IN BRIEF - The University of Cincinnati is a public urban serving research institution that was founded in 1819 and today is one of the country’s largest universities offering more than 350 academic programs to more than 44,000 students. UC has many top ranked programs in areas such as Music and Arts, Medical and Human-Services, Criminal Justice and more. Located in an urban setting, UC is close to the heart of Cincinnati and allows easy access for students to enjoy all that the city offers. UC is also the alma mater of many notables such as President William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Mary Weinberg, 2008 Olympic gold medalist. UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 35 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC jumped 17 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the past two years alone. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at www.uc.edu.MISSIO...N STATEMENT - The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.