Business Title: Assistant Director of Federal Relations
Location: Washington State University
Employee Type: Admin. Professional
Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodationis available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at email@example.com or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
Summary of Duties:
This Assistant Director of Federal Relations position serves as a vital member of the WSU system office of External Affairs and Government Relations team representing all five WSU campuses and our global campus. This position will play a key role in providing strategic analysis and policy expertise on a variety of topics, including budget, appropriations to advance WSU's institutional advocacy, funding, and policy goals, providing a fixed presence with members of Congress and the Executive Branch including federal agencies, and national-level organizations. The Office of Federal Engagement and Advocacy is the unit within the University responsible for communicating institutional priorities, developing and maintaining positive working relationships, and raising the profile of WSU within the federal government.
The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Assistant Vice President to advance priorities within the offices of the President, Campus Chancellors, and College leadership on legislative, regulatory, budgetary, advocacy, and communications issues. The position requires detailed knowledge of the federal government, the legislative process, including appropriations and authorization, as well as the functions of a land grant university.
This position is remote/located in Washington D.C.
Advocacy and Engagement
This position works directly under the supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Federal Engagement and Advocacy and in collaboration with institutional leadership, faculty, and staff to advance WSU's system priorities with the federal government, interest groups, and public policy organizations.
Represent and advance the institution's interests at the federal level and shares policy and funding developments that may impact institutional priorities with internal and external stakeholders.
Monitors key federal issues, including legislative, administrative, and political initiatives that impact federal policy and WSU's federal engagement and advocacy.
Identifies opportunities and assists in implementing management and communication of institutional priorities with the ability to provide issue analysis and strategic communication counsel amongst multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Cultivate effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders serving as the liaison between stakeholders and the federal government.
Actively participate within the higher education community, coalitions, and professional organizations.
Analysis and Management
Monitor and analyze the federal impact on institutional priorities; responsible for conducting research and analysis on newly introduced bills, policy proposals, regulatory issues, and agency initiatives to determine opportunities and challenges for WSU.
Provide guidance and counsel to appropriate WSU system leadership on determined institutional priorities.
Internal and External Communications
Provide content and written materials to WSU leadership on federal impacts on WSU institutional priorities.
Prepares memos and presentations for institution leadership on significant federal issues affecting the University.
Prepares materials used in communications and presentations by WSU leadership.
Assists with delivering strategic communications on institutional priorities to internal and external institution stakeholders.
Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and four (4) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least one (1) year of managerial experience. A Master's degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment. Positions may require applicable licensure and/or certification.
At least 4 - 6 years of working with federal elected officials and/or federal agency representatives in a legislative capacity
Ability to work with diverse communities and constituents of diverse backgrounds
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Record of dealing with confidential information
Understanding of the federal legislative process, including the federal budgetary appropriations and authorization process, advocacy, and communications
Experience with a successful track record in a legislative setting with increased responsibilities
Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment while maintaining high work standards
Flexibility and availability to travel by air several times a year
Possession of, or ability to obtain by time of hire, a valid driver's license
Willingness to locate in Washington, D.C
Area/College: Government Relations Department Name: External Affairs and Government Relations City, State: Washington, D.C. Department Link: governmentrelations.wsu.edu/ Monthly Salary: $7,990.47 - $8,978.04 (commensurate with qualifications and experience). FTE: 100% This is a permanent position. Screening Begin Date: Screening begins September 28, 2022 and will remain ongoing until the vacancy is filled. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check. Application Instructions:Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume 2) a cover letter and 3) contact information for professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Required Documents:
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 its C...ommunity 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.