Assistant Director, Federal Relations
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Classification:Administrative Professional 3
Work type: Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:VP University Relations 4
Location: Washington DC
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Business/Accounting/Finance, Other
UA seeks an experienced individual to join our team as the Assistant Director of Federal Relations. The University of Alaska (UA) is the premiere higher-education institution in Alaska with universities in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau and twelve community campuses across the state. UA is growing tomorrow’s leaders, developing an educated workforce for today’s fast-paced and competitive economy, and solving real-world problems through innovation and scientific discovery. The position is located in Washington, DC and will require regular travel to various locations in Alaska.
10 Monitors political news and trends at the national, state and local level; Informs UA leadership and internal essential constituencies of potential problems, and advises on strategies for resolution.
Monitors and tracks federal legislation, appropriations and policies impactful to UA, designs, recommends and coordinates an effective response.
Track and communicate opportunities for faculty to undertake temporary research related assignments in DC. This includes temporary assignments in the White House, Congress, AAAS, and Federal agencies such as NIH, NSF, DoD, etc.
Participates in engagement opportunities with national higher ed associations (APLU, AASCU, SHEEO, ACE, etc…), UA alumni events, and the Alaska State Society.
Prepares and manages lobbying disclosure reports, expense reports, bill documents.
Assists with event planning and administrative duties. Essential
20 Serves as a resource to policymakers, managing inquiries from legislative staff, federal agencies, and working with appropriate university resources to provide timely and accurate response.
Raises the profile of the University of Alaska within the federal government establishment; identifies opportunities for UA faculty and staff to participate in legislative hearings, advisory groups, task forces, or other forums or policy initiatives related to UA’s mission.
Facilitates interactions between UA Federal Relations with UA alumni in the greater Washington, DC area and liaison with the proper contacts with the University of Alaska Foundation.
Coordinates a DC internship program with the appropriate UA faculty and staff. Essential
30 A principal liaison between the university, federal policymakers and their staffs, the Assistant Director cultivates, establishes, and maintains excellent working relationship with the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the Governor’s Washington, DC office, and federal agencies and higher education organizations.
Creates opportunities and events to showcase UA to federal policymakers, legislative audiences and other key influences. Develops presentations and marketing materials that promote UA’s unique strengths and capabilities and that are capable of influencing legislative, regulatory, funding and policy decisions. Provides professional advice, technical assistance, orientation and training to faculty, staff, researchers, and program leads to ensure all UA external engagements conform to legislative policies, procedures and protocols.
Manages communications and interactions between internal UA constituencies and external government audiences: the Alaska Congressional Delegation and university internal constituencies, staff, program managers, faculty, and researchers to ensure we are clear and coordinated in our communications, and in compliance with UA federal policy agenda. Develops and manages custom internal and external communications to update university leadership, faculty, staff, and students on actions of significance to UA’s mission. Essential
40 The Assistant Director of Federal Relations works directly under the supervision of the Director of Federal Relations and in collaboration with institutional leadership, faculty, and staff to advance UA’s strategic goals and priorities with the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, interest groups, and public policy organizations.
Leverages personal expertise and industry best practices to develop new ideas, identify opportunities, and recommend long-term strategies that will strengthen and enhance UA’s relationships with political constituencies, external partners and key stakeholders.
In coordination with the Director of Federal Relations and UA leadership, develop political engagement programs, projects and timelines to promote UA’s institutional goals within the Federal Government, and to influence policy and funding decisions critical to UA. Essential
UA seeks an experienced individual to join our team as the Assistant Director of Federal Relations. The position is located in Washington, DC and will require regular travel to various locations in Alaska.
The University of Alaska (UA) is the premiere higher-education institution in Alaska with universities in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau and twelve community campuses across the state. UA is growing tomorrow’s leaders, developing an educated workforce for today’s fast-paced and competitive economy, and solving real-world problems through innovation and scientific discovery.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to work independently and highly developed organizational skills.
Excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to produce business and professional documents that demonstrate command of language, clarity of thought, and orderliness of presentation. Ability to learn and comprehend university priorities in order to develop effective strategies, and successfully represent the university’s broad interests to the federal government, advocacy organizations, and within Alaska’s political community. Experience operating with diplomatic skill in a politically charged public arena, and communicating with a diverse group of accomplished professionals, from academic faculty and researchers, to federal decision makers, legislative staff, federal agencies and advocacy organizations. Ability to establish credibility and build working relationships, and internal and external partnerships within the University, the public, and regulatory/government agencies. Ability to think critically and manage through institutional change; to contribute to operational, tactical, and strategic planning in support of the University’s overall government relations strategy. In-depth knowledge of federal government, and legislative process and culture, including authorization and appropriation processes.
Applicant should have 3 years, preferred 4-6 years, of combined professional experience working in and/or with the Federal Government. Familiarity with the federal budget process.
Education and/or Training:
Required Education or Training:
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred or Training: Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Type of Employment:
This is a full-time,
Grade 81, minimum $64,210 yearly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.
*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by 11:59pm, Alaska Standard Time, on Sunday, December 12th. The first review will take place on Monday, December 13th, 2021.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time 29 Nov 2021
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