Associate Vice President for State Government Relations And Special Assistant to the President
Working Title: Associate Vice President for State Government Relations And Special Assistant to the President
Position Type: University Executive Staff
Department: Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations
Posting Date: 06-19-2017
The Associate Vice President will play an integral role in advancing the University's priorities and representing the University's position on issues with Virginia legislators and state government officials. This role will cultivate and foster bipartisan alliances to address state issues of importance to the University. This position serves as a liaison between the University and state officials and agencies. The Associate Vice President will advise the President, the Senior Vice President for Operations, and executive leadership of the University on state governmental issues and, in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President and Director of State Relations, will assist with the development of strategy and tactics to enhance state support for the institution. This position requires extensive presence in Richmond throughout the year, especially during the General Assembly Session. Periodic visits to legislators in their home districts and occasional attendance at meetings and events in Charlottesville is required.
1. Build and expand the University's relationships with state legislators, officials, and agencies in order to strengthen the University's ability to deliver educational, research, and healthcare programs in support of its mission.
2. Effectively represent and advocate the University's position on issues and legislation affecting higher education and heighten awareness of the University's contributions to the Commonwealth and the nation.
3. Keep the Senior Vice President, President, and other leaders apprised of activities, issues, and concerns from parties in state government.
4. Meet with legislators and testify before legislative committees as necessary to convey the University's position.
5. Disseminate relevant information and data to bolster support for various programs and initiatives of interest and benefit to the Commonwealth.
6. Monitor relevant legislative and state activities during the General Assembly session and throughout the year.
7. Partner with other Virginia public colleges and universities, as well as other related groups such as the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association, to advance higher education and health care priorities.
8. Provide high-level information and analysis to the University's leadership about state matters that are critical to the University's mission.
9. Meet and build relationships with designated University officials to share information about recent activities and emerging issues to assure that all efforts are coordinated.
The successful candidate will have a track record that includes:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required. Master's degree strongly preferred.
- Considerable experience working with legislators, executive branch officials, state agencies, and their staffs.
- Demonstrated understanding of the legislative and budget processes and key policy issues facing higher education in Virginia.
- Ability to mobilize support for institutional legislative, operating, and capital priorities.
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships at all levels of an organization and within state government.
- Working knowledge of higher education institution structure and functions.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to effectively deliver concise, compelling messages.
For more information, contact Susan Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org. UVa is an EO/AA employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The position will remain open until filled and the search will be carried out with full confidentiality.
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