Director, Government Relations
Responsible for developing/administering policies and procedures, budgetary decisions, extensive scope/impact of decisions on both internal and external contacts. Some functions include administration/management of a dept of division that may have 1 or more Assistant/Associate Directors, in addition to other Exempt and Non-Exempt level staff. This is an "advanced" level position.
The Director of Government Relations promotes the goals and objectives of Kennesaw State University to external constituencies. The director serves as a key support to administrators and faculty to groups such as state and federal legislators, leaders of the executive branch, University System of Georgia campus and system office officials, business and civic leaders as well as citizens. The position will report to the Associate Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement, and will assist with the day-to-day operations of the division.
General responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Act as liaison on behalf of Kennesaw State University to the executive and legislative branches of state and federal government and coordinate activities with administrators, faculty and staff; Serve as a resource for faculty, administrators and staff regarding federal, state and locally elected officials and policies; Identify short and long-term institutional priorities and develop action plans that require governmental, legislative and community support; Maintain communication with and provide updates to stakeholders at Kennesaw State University and the University System Office during the legislative process; Create strategic partnerships to communicate issue advocacy on behalf of Kennesaw State University (which includes federal, state, community, corporate, and campus and visitor relations); Recognize and pursue opportunities for University/community collaborations; Identify and cultivate opportunities that will help identify and cultivate funding opportunities at the federal level in conjunction with the University Office of Research; Engage community, business, educational, non-profit, governmental and other constituents in activities and issues important to the university; Create and manage tracking of key pieces of legislation and policy issues that impact higher education and appropriations at both the state and federal level; Collaborate with the Office of Alumni Affairs to build a network to support institutional priorities as needed; Attend appropriate committee and staff meetings as required.
As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check and MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) as a condition of employment. See https://web.kennesaw.edu/hr/content/requirements-employment for policy guidelines.
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 9+ years comparable/related experience; management/supervisory skills are required.
- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a related major required, Master's degree desirable.
- Five to 10 years experience working in the government arena, either as an advocate, working for an elected or government official, or other comparable experience.
- Proven successful experience with political and legislative decision-making and knowledge and experience with the legislative, congressional and federal agency process.
- Outstanding written, interpersonal and communications skills.
- Ability and willingness to understand the unique culture of public higher education.