Director of State Relations

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Classification:Senior Administrator Director
Grade:Senior Administrator
Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:VP University Relations 4
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau
Categories: Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska is fundamental to the state’s economic recovery and its future. We seek an experienced, seasoned professional to join our leadership team as Director of State Relations. This position represents the University to the legislature, the governor and state agencies and speaks on behalf of the University. The successful candidate has a high degree of credibility and familiarity with Alaska's political leaders.

Duties:

100The Director of State Relations (Director) works collaboratively with the legislature, the Governor’s Office and State Agencies, as well as independently, to advance UA’s strategic goals in Alaska. As the university’s day-to-day state representative and fixed presence in Juneau, the Director: • Establishes and maintains excellent working relationships in Juneau. • In coordination with UA leadership and the Vice President of University Relations, develops and coordinates an engagement strategy and state agenda that aligns with institutional goals and priorities. • Works with faculty, staff, researchers, and program leads to leverage opportunities to promote UA’s unique strengths and capabilities to state policy makers • Manages communications and interactions between the legislature and the university, to include internal constituencies, staff, program managers, faculty, and researchers to ensure that UA is presenting a coordinated and clear state policy agenda. • Serves as a resource to policymakers, managing inquiries from legislative staff and state agencies, and working with appropriate university resources to provide timely and accurate responses. • Raises the profile of the University of Alaska within the State; identifies opportunities for UA faculty and staff to participate in legislative hearings, advisory groups, task forces, or other higher-education forums. • Monitors and tracks state legislation and policies that might affect UA, coordinates timely and effective responses.Essential

The University of Alaska is fundamental to the state’s economic recovery and its future. We seek an experienced, seasoned professional to join our leadership team as Director of State Relations. This position represents the University to the legislature, the governor and state agencies and speaks on behalf of the University. The successful candidate has a high degree of credibility and familiarity with Alaska's political leaders.

This position advises the president, regents, and UA executives on political issues and strategies essential to successfully move UA legislative priorities and is a key member of the university executive management team. The position may be based in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau; extensive time in Juneau is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required skills include: extensive Alaska political experience, in depth knowledge of local, State government organizational and legislative processes including budget and appropriations processes, effective written and oral communication skills, ability to think critically and strategically and effectively manage institutional change, ability to work as part of a management team, experience with bill enactment process and bill tracking systems.

Knowledge of State government issues related to higher education is preferred but not required.

Typical Experience:

Extensive experience with successfully representing a major municipal/borough government or state program (preferably in Alaska) with the legislature.

Required Education or Training:

A bachelors degree required, masters or J.D. preferred.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references.  To ensure consideration for this position, please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th 2020. The first application review will occur on October 5th 2020.

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: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

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.

Training Policy:

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.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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