The Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC) was established in 1939 as a voluntary educational association of Ohios public universities. Today the association represents Ohios 14 public universities. Together, these institutions offer a broad range of associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and professional programs. The associations purpose is to facilitate the development of common interest and concern of its members and to assist in sustaining and improving the quality of public higher education. IUC also engages in public relations, research and government liaison work on behalf of its members.
The major goal of the IUC is to sustain a consortium that: establishes a comfortable forum that fosters idea exploration and problem solving; facilitates relationship building and trust among and between presidents and senior campus officers; enables members to achieve togetherthrough collaboration and cooperationwhat institutions cannot likely achieve alone.
The Vice President for Government Relations is responsible for developing, leading, and executing legislative and public policy strategy for the IUC. The Vice President for Government relations represents the IUC on legislative and other policy matters before the Ohio General Assembly, the chancellor and senior staff of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, senior staff of the Governors Office, and other state agencies, to promote the IUC agenda and public policy concerns; oversees the IUC Government Relations Representatives Committee and Media Relations Committee, which are comprised of government affairs and marketing leaders from each of the 14 Ohio public universities, to develop recommended legislative, state policy, and communication strategy for the IUC President and Presidents Council; responds to inquiries on policy issues on behalf of the IUC and oversees the development and dissemination of IUC positions to advance the organizational objectives, comments on pending legislation, and other policy-related talking points and messages; develops strategic relationships with key legislators, administrative leaders and senior staff, and third-party advocates across various sectors to shape state legislative activity and deliver on strategic priorities; monitors and assess state political and public policy to determine where legislative and regulatory action is advisable; proactively evaluates legislation, regulations, and rules, as well as the political environment.
The ideal candidate will have specialization and knowledge in the IUCs government relations agenda, policies (both internal and external) and established goals. They apply knowledge to improve and develop new practices and process as it relates to the legislative activities for the IUC. Typical assignments in this role may include lending large and highly complex projects that may have a significant and long term impact on goals of the IUC. They will work to also facilitate dialog across multiple members and channels within the ICU and work towards alignment of serval different topics and opinions.
Bachelor's degree in public policy and management, political science, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum six (6) years experience in lobbying, public administration, legislative staff work, or related experience; demonstrated ability to handle complex policy and legislative issues, and develop innovative strategies and solutions; ability to act independently and demonstrate sound judgment; a willingness to work collaboratively by incorporating diverse perspectives and appropriately managing relationships; extensive knowledge of and experience in the state legislative and appropriation processes; excellent organizational, leadership, analytical, problem solving, written and verbal communication skills, and data analysis.
Function: Legal and Compliance
Subfunction: Government Affairs
Career Band: Individual Contributor-Specialized
Career Level: S4
The Target Hiring Range for this position is $99,000 to $133,000 per year.
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.