The Division of ASPIRE (Advancing Strategy, Partnerships, Institutional Relations, and Economy) seeks a problem-solving policy advisor to lead its federal government efforts. The successful candidate will position the university to maximize opportunities on the federal level. The Director of Federal Relations will engage with university advocates, students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, external stakeholders, as well as public officials and decision makers at all levels of government, in the execution of the university’s government relations priorities.
- Develop, lead, and execute the university federal appropriations and regulatory priorities - Identify university advocates with expertise that aligns with federal funding and legislative priorities - Foster a culture where university advocates regularly testify before federal legislative committees, partner in the preparation of testimony, and coach them in the delivery - Work collaboratively with the Office of Research and Innovation to cultivate connections between faculty, students, staff, and potential sponsors of research - Develop advocacy work products which includes the drafting of bills, position papers, strategic plans, support letters, issue papers, talking points, and similar briefing materials - Monitor legislation and regulatory developments - Recruit, organize, coach, and lead a vibrant university advocacy team - Establish and maintain positive relationships with federal legislative and executive branch officials, government entities, and higher education organizations - Communicate university priorities and policies to internal and external constituencies - Receive and coordinate inquiries and responses from various stakeholders - Actively engage in professional development associations - Other duties as required or assigned
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- Bachelor’s degree - Five years of advocacy experience developing, leading, advising, and executing advocacy strategies at the federal, state, or local levels in industry or higher education, including experience as an intern or undergraduate student
- Knowledge of Miami University - Experience developing, leading, advising, and executing federal advocacy priorities - Experience monitoring legislation, regulatory developments, appropriations, and research funding opportunities - Experience delivering client briefings - Experience managing and training advocacy staff - Experience recruiting, organizing, coaching, and leading advocates - Excellent organizational, leadership, analytical, problem solving skills - Experience guiding advocates, including university undergraduate students and faculty, through the government relations ecosystem including preparing advocates for office visits, testimony, and briefings - Experience working on behalf of a higher education institution - Experience researching policy issues
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