Director of Government Relations - University Relations

USA, California, Azusa
Mar 22, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment.

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The Director of Government Relations will serve as the chief advisor for the university on governmental affairs, policies, and strategies and will oversee local, state, and federal relations for APU, establishing APU as an important resource to elected officials/staff and agency officials. The Director of Government Relations will facilitate the development of a vision and strategic plan for APU's government relations that builds upon and extends its efforts in community relations, lead direct outreach, interface with lobbying consultants, and monitor and report on legislation and policy issues and advise the president and other university administrators of potential opportunities to make use of federal, state, or local funds and policies to support APU activities. The Director of Government Relations will collaboration in positioning academic programs with elected officials and align efforts with enrollment objectives. The director will mediate and/or advocate for APU interests and build relations with peer institutions, elected officials, and government administrators for the benefit of APU interests and also represent APU to pertinent membership organizations, associations, boards, consortia, and committees with whom APU has vested interests. This is a position based in Azusa, California, and will include frequent travel across California and to Washington, D.C.

The Director of Government Relations will report to the Associate Vice President for External Affairs and will work closely with members of the public affairs team, which includes public relations, crisis communications, internal communication, media relations, and community relations.

Required Education

  • B.A. from an accredited institution in political science, public relations, communications, public affairs, or related field, master's degree preferred.

Required Experience

  • Five years of progressively responsible government relations experience required.
  • Expertise in the field of government, community, and media relations, and community organizing, planning and administration. Experience representing faith-based institutions or institutions of higher education preferred.
  • Additional preferred expertise includes familiarity with the San Gabriel Valley and ability to speak Spanish.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Develops university government relations and community outreach strategy. This includes close coordination and collaboration with existing organizations and trade associations focused on government relations for higher education in the State of California (e.g., AICCU; California faith-based colleges; WHC institutions; CCCU; NAICU), existing community outreach efforts and relations with community-based organizations (including churches/parishes and other faith-based organizations).
  • Establishes relationships in Sacramento, California, as well as in each city and county where university operations are located with senior-level staff and elected officials to maintain their awareness of proposals and legislative matters that may affect APU.
  • Develops and implements a communication program to keep APU administration informed on governmental issues affecting APU at federal, state, county, and city levels of government.
  • Advocates with government officials concerning the interests of APU and assists in lobbying before city, county and state officials and staff members, positioning APU's academic areas.
  • Develops and implements lobbying strategies, including the drafting of statements, letters and testimonies, organization of grassroots efforts, coordination with allies and direct contact with elected officials and regulators.


  • Regular travel to Sacramento, California and periodic travel to Azusa Pacific University's regional campuses and Washington, D.C. is required.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Click below to discover some of the many benefits APU employees enjoy including competitive health care options, an 8% retirement match, and a generous tuition discount.

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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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