Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations

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Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is seeking an Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations who would serve as the principal advisor and relationship manager with regard to federal, state, and local government officials, as well as significant community stakeholders.

The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to monitor state regulations and legislation and advise senior leadership on the potential impact of such legislation on the operations of the college. The incumbent develops relationships and strategies to positon the college favorably, help guide legislators in their understanding of the impact of the legislation, and develop appropriate responses from the college.

This incumbent must be able to represent the college, articulating its vision and ideas and establishing public support for its position on issues critical to the functioning of the college. He or she must develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with government leaders and their staff. He or she plays a lead role in guiding strategy and preparing correspondence.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Managing state and federal government relations program
  • Tracking legislation and monitoring legislative developments that might impact TCNJ, developing appropriate response strategies, and advancing the institution interests by building or enhancing relationships with key constituencies
  • Attending legislative voting sessions and committee hearings, visits to offices of key members of legislature both at state level and federal level, and organizing visits to campus of key government leaders and decision influencers
  • Establishing and maintaining effective communication and cooperative working relationships with college administrators, faculty, staff, students, government and private agencies and/or the public in order to accomplish the objectives of the department
  • Planning, implementation and management of community relations program

Candidate requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree
  • Significant leadership experience in higher education or other field that is directly related to the functions of the position to be filled, or equivalent as determined by the appointing authority.
  • Ability to acquire thorough knowledge of the Division's goals and objectives and knowledge of the laws and regulations which impact on the section and the program or unit; wide knowledge of the higher education system and the function of institutions of higher learning; knowledge of the state agencies, federal, state and local governments and private organizations that have a working relationship with the program and/or section.
  • Ability to assist in the management of a college department, including setting goals, planning and implementing work programs, developing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate program performance and develop alternative methods to improve performance and meet established objectives.
  • A Master's degree or higher in a related field is preferred.

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the undergraduate residential experience and offers targeted graduate programs. The College's seven schools - The Arts and Communication; Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering - offer degrees to nearly 6,800 students. The College's distinguished faculty of 348 full-time members provides a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and eighty-five percent of classes have enrollments of 30 or fewer. TCNJ's picturesque campus is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, approximately five miles from New Jersey's state capital of Trenton, and 60 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City. A 95 percent freshman to sophomore retention rate and a six-year graduation rate of 86 percent speak to the quality of the TCNJ experience.

TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.




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Job No: 1063
Posted: 2/15/2018
Application Due: 4/9/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable