Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Charlottesville, VA
May 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Position Type: University Executive Staff

Department: Miller Center

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 11-22-2016

Posting Summary:
The University's Miller Center ( seeks a DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS to conceptualize/execute programming that connects scholarship and public affairs. The DPGA works with scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders around topics relevant to national governance to reveal context, examine questions, and identify issues, with an eye to proposing workable, practical, and lasting solutions. The DPGA is embedded in the Center's Presidential Studies programs and works with Center faculty/staff to produce exceptional/engaging programming.

The DPGA executes the second half of the Center's First Year project (, a nonpartisan effort to examine the history/structure of presidential First Years, assesses the policy opportunities/threats of the next President, and influences the national debate by addressing transition, administration, and congressional officials, opinion leaders, and the public. The DPGA also designs/implements a substantive impact agenda that advances the Center's Presidential Studies programs.

- Discern effective ways to incorporate/promote Center scholarship into programming
- Collaborate effectively with Center leadership to conceptualize/execute programming
- Serve as project manager for the First Year project, overseeing incorporation of scholarship, planning/executing public/private event/activities, securing participation of experts, developing collateral assets, developing deliverables, tracking success metrics
- Design/implement an impact agenda for the Center's Presidential Studies programs, planning/developing outputs, planning/executing public/private events, coordinating the work of practitioner Senior Fellows, developing/tracking success metrics
- Conceptualize/execute periodic "White House alumni" conferences
- Conceptualize/execute periodic conferences, working with stakeholders to craft conference agenda, secure expert speakers/panelists, ensure successful deliverables
- Execute and/or supervise execution of complex logistics for projects/programs, considering protocol, security, production (broadcast, audio, video) requirements, development of pre-conference materials, post-conference follow up, including reports/publications
- Cultivate effective relationships with stakeholders
- Participate actively in fundraising efforts
- Develop/manage budgets
- May supervise staff/interns

The position requires four or more years of direct, progressive experience in program and/or policy development and leadership, preferably in academia, politics, or think-tanks. Professional exposure to presidential or congressional politics and/or public policy is preferred. A Bachelor's degree is required, advanced degree is preferred, in history, political science, public policy, law, or closely-related field.

This position runs through December 23, 2018, with extension subject to need, performance, and availability of funding. Review of applications begins December 2, 2016.

To apply, go to, search for posting #0619987, create an application, and attach a c.v./resume, cover letter, full contact information for three professional references, and two writing samples.

Established in 1975, the Miller Center specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history. It strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges and is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a nonpartisan manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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