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The University of California's Office of Federal Governmental Relations is located at the UC Washington Center in Washington, DC. As the largest public research institution in the world, the university engages in numerous partnerships with federal education, health care and research agencies. Working with Congress, the administration, federal agencies and national organizations, we advocate for the University and its policy and fiscal priorities in education, research, healthcare and public service.
This position, under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Federal Governmental Relations, has responsibility within the University of California Office of the President's (UCOP) Office of Federal Governmental Relations (UC FGR) for federal higher education and immigration policies, programs, regulations and funding. This includes issues pertaining to student financial aid; undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs; admissions; accreditation; Title IX; outreach; immigration and visa programs; undocumented student issues; and, international education programs. As a member of the UC FGR, the Director provides support to the University System in meeting broader federal relations objectives. This position has significant policy, regulatory and fiscal implications for the University of California system.
Engagement and Advocacy: Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Federal Governmental Relations, and working with a high-level of independence and responsibility, the Director serves as one of the university's primary advocates in Washington on issues related to higher education and immigration programs, policies, regulations and funding. In this role, the Director has direct contact with members of Congress, congressional committees and staff, executive branch representatives, University leadership and higher education representatives from peer institutions and higher education associations.
The Director identifies, analyzes, monitors and advocates on issues related to higher education, immigration, appropriations and Title IX issues; regularly reports on those activities to UC FGR, UCOP and the campuses, including senior university leadership, student leadership and stakeholders; develops and implements legislative strategies and plans; and, assists in the development of policy positions and priorities for the university. The Director works with advocates for other universities, stake holders from advocacy organizations, higher education associations, scientific societies, congressional staff, UCOP and campus staff to build legislative coalitions and provide legislative strategy and counsel on issues.
The Director drafts congressional testimony and proposals for authorizing and appropriations legislation. The Director works with congressional members and staff to develop legislation and provides technical assistance on legislative language and proposals. The Director arranges for witnesses at hearings, assists and participates in preparations for congressional meetings and hearings and represents the university at meetings and conferences with federal and advocacy stakeholders. The Director provides assistance and guidance to UC leadership and visitors in Washington who seek meetings with congressional, agency, or association representatives.
The Director works closely with federal departments and agencies on the development of new initiatives and creates opportunities for UC engagement regarding policies and regulations which will impact the university.
The Director is responsible for coordinating and assisting in drafting comment letters in response to proposed regulations, and notifying selected personnel in the university about proposed regulations or initiatives which may impact university policies, institutional management and operations, or funding.
This position coordinates bringing UC experts from throughout the university system to participate in Washington-based briefings/meetings. Director coordinates UC briefings and programming focused on education, student financial aid and immigration related issues.
The Director consults with, advises, and reports to university leadership, faculty and staff on issues that may be considered by the executive, judicial or legislative branches of government.
The Director works with congressional staff of the California Public Higher Education Caucus and other caucuses to provide guidance and support on programming to educate staff on issues important to UC and higher education.
The Director works with the UC State Government Relations office, maintains an awareness of key issues in California, specifically legislative or administrative initiatives which may be impacted by federal policy or relevant to federal policymakers. The Director works with peer public and private institutions in California to leverage unified support from the California delegation.
Leadership: The Director serves on a team of UC federal relations officers, and, under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Federal Governmental Relations, works to understand and support the efforts of the entire UC federal relations effort.
The Director is also expected to establish good working relationships and maintain communication with campus, lab and health center governmental relations officers, staff from student services and academic planning, international student services directors, financial aid directors and undocumented student services coordinators as well as the designated federal legislative liaison personnel in the Office of the President.
Outreach: The Director coordinates the university's advocacy engagements with national and federal associations on education and immigration issues. This position serves as one of the university's key representatives for the university before numerous national associations and professional societies. This position serves in elected and appointed leadership positions within the national and federal higher education associations.
The Director coordinates the university's advocacy involvement with national immigration and international student associations on priority issues for UC. This position serves as one of the university's key contacts and/or representative for the university before numerous national immigration and international student associations.
The Director represents the university on higher education, immigration and Title IX related issues before other California-related interests in Washington, including California state and local government offices and California industry representatives.
The Director works with elected student leadership at the undergraduate and graduate level to help keep them informed on federal issues and build grassroots support and campaigns for mutual priorities on behalf of UC and its students.
This position requires detailed knowledge of the operations of the federal government, including both the legislative and executive branches of government. This knowledge must include the process for actions by each of the branches, the organization of the Congress and the agencies, and familiarity with key personnel and positions of importance to the university.
This position requires knowledge of the organization and functions of university campuses, their structure and financing. It also requires in-depth knowledge of federal education, immigration and appropriations related policy issues.
This position requires a familiarity with the organization, functions and decision-making of university campuses. The position requires knowledge of the key education, training, graduate study and other related issues; public policy issues; Congress and federal legislative processes and procedures; the federal regulatory process; the executive branch and federal agencies involved with higher education; immigration and international student associations; and higher education associations. This position also requires a familiarity with the structure and operations of the University of California, including the Office of the President, the campuses and the National Laboratories.
This position requires demonstrated knowledge of relevant issues and regular communications with affected parties within the university.
This position requires an ability to work in close coordination with a team of professionals and to contribute to team-building.
This position requires strong communications skills, including in person and in written form, interpersonal relations, and the ability to perform analysis in a fast-paced environment.
Basic familiarity with office equipment, computer literacy or aptitude. Ability to work without a high degree of administrative support, as necessary.
A Bachelor's degree in public policy or related field and at least 8 years of increasingly responsible experience in advocacy relations, governmental relations or communications is required.
A professional degree, law degree or graduate degree in government or public policy is highly desirable.
8-10 years of public policy experience preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: $165,000 - $184, 200, commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job isDecember 21, 2022. The position will be open until filled.
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