Under the general direction of the Senior Director, Governmental Relations, the incumbent is responsible for working collaboratively to achieve the University of Connecticut's federal and state legislative goals and objectives pertaining to UConn Health. Additionally, the incumbent is authorized to represent UConn Health in interactions with members of the United States Congress, the Connecticut General Assembly, and state and federal executive branch offices and agencies. The primary physical location of the position is at UConn Health in Farmington, CT and the incumbent works daily with senior leadership at UConn Health. Travel to other UConn campuses, the State Capitol, Hartford and Washington DC is required. Due to the nature of the work duties and responsibilities, the incumbent is required to work irregular hours, especially during the legislative session, and will require night and weekend coverage.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serves as UConn Health's liaison with federal and state government officials; monitors governmental issues of interest to UConn Health and keeps senior leadership informed.
Coordinates the development of UConn Health's annual state and federal legislative agenda.
Coordinates and manages the process for achievement of UConn Health's legislative goals and objectives; assists in developing UConn Health's position on governmental issues.
Establishes long-term legislative goals and objectives for UConn Health to maximize governmental support and assistance.
Engages the UConn Health community in the legislative process and informs them on pertinent legislative activities; determines appropriate communication and timeliness of such communication.
Monitors, tracks and analyzes bills of interest; solicits feedback from UConn Health experts.
Coordinates and drafts public hearing testimony, fact sheets and other presentation materials.
Advocates for or against legislative proposals and bills.
Serves as the point of contact for questions or information requests from state and federal officials, and is responsible for timely responses.
Represents the CEO's and Senior Director's interests at hearings, committee meetings and other meetings.
Identifies and executes interactions and sponsored events between senior leaders, state, local and federal officials.
Enhances the reputation of UConn Health among federal and state governmental officials.
Prepares and coordinates policy studies, reports and analyses.
Assumes other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, and at least 5-7 years of experience in state government relations or a related field.
Exceptional writing, speaking and communication skills.
Outstanding attention to detail.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to independently resolve problems and function effectively in ambiguous situations, requiring the exercise of significant judgment and discretion.
In-depth knowledge of Connecticut state government and the federal government and legislative processes of both.
Ability to analyze and interpret legislation.
Proven track record in working directly with elected officials and advocating policy positions.
Proficiency with professional/business programs and tools used for communication and reporting.
Advanced degree in public affairs or related field.
Familiarity with the mission, goals, and organization of a public university, academic medical center or health care and hospital funding and policy issues.
Knowledge of the Connecticut state operating and capital budgets and processes.
This is a full-time, permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, and outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. For additional information regarding benefits, visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-benefits-overview/.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495355 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on July 30, 2021.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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Internal Number: 495355-2276_1625605460
About University of Connecticut
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