Director for Public Policy and Advocacy, WSU Health Sciences
Employee Type: AP-Administrative Professional
Position Number: 131716
Work Location: Spokane
Summary of Duties: Reporting primarily to the Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations with integrated collaboration and alignment with the Chancellor and Vice President for WSU Health Sciences, this position is responsible for oversight and leadership of WSU's system level public policy engagement and advocacy efforts in support of WSU's land grant mission as implemented through health sciences in particular focusing on health disparities and underserved communities. This position integrates development and execution of strategic partner relationships with campuses and colleges for purposes of health sciences public policy and funding on behalf of the WSU system.
The WSU Health Sciences enterprise includes the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as programs in the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), with opportunities for collaboration with the Voiland College for Engineering and Architecture and the Carson College of Business, spanning the system, with participation from all campuses. The Director will play a key role in senior-level support of the strategic growth of WSU Health Sciences, working closely with executive leaders at the campus and system level, including the Offices of the President; Provost; Chancellors; Vice Presidents of Research; Advancement; Marketing and Communications, Health Science Deans, other senior leadership positions, and directly with faculty to develop, nurture, and strengthen mutually advantageous relationships to include public partnerships, public/private partnerships, research engagement, public policy initiatives, and support development efforts.
This position plays a critical role in coordinating strategy and activity for local, state, federal and WSU MOU tribes and other sovereign tribal nations public policy engagement and guiding advocacy strategy for health sciences internally as well as externally.
The Director will work closely with senior leadership to plan, oversee, and implement public relations strategies that leverage ongoing marketing and communications efforts with public policy agendas.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in political science, public policy or a related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience involving working to influence state government which has included at least two (2) years of experience working with the State Legislature and staff. A Masters degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience exclusive of the required experience working with the State Legislature and staff.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.