Director of Government Relations

Job description

Position Statement:

Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is the 31st member of the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With a current enrollment of over 12,000 students, enrollment is projected to exceed 13,000 students in 2017, including both residential and commuter students. GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 850,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.

Position Title:
Director of Government Relations

Job Category:

Advancement Services - 7010625


Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume, Unofficial Transcript 1

The Director of Government Relations is housed in the Office of the Advancement and reports to the Vice President (VP) for Advancement at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). The Director serves as a key liaison to stakeholders such as elected and appointed officials at local, state, and federal levels in all branches of government, and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Office activities include acting as liaison to multiple stakeholders, advocacy, monitoring legislation, and meeting with elected and appointed officials.


  • Liaise with a wide variety of external and internal constituencies to include all elected and appointed officials at the local, state, and federal levels in all branches of government; the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; the GGC Foundation Board of Trustees (as required).
  • Serve as a principal advisor to the VP and other key administrators on issues related to political and governmental developments and decisions affecting GGC.
  • Formulate institutional public policy positions; formulate and execute budgetary, legislative, and other strategies to achieve their implementation.
  • Oversee relationship with state and local governments, agencies, and related organizations.
  • Serve as the College's daily advocate in the State Capitol.
  • Work in an integrated approach with the Chancellor's Office to evaluate proposed legislation and develop new legislative initiatives concerning higher education.
  • Work in an integrated approach with the Chancellor's office, Board of Regents, and other System institutions to foster and maintain effective relationships and communication with the legislative and executive branches of Georgia state government.
  • Plan, coordinate, and host campus visits by key governmental officials.
  • Coordinate with federal government representatives on all matters that link state and federal government to GGC.• Work in a collaborative manner with faculty, staff, students, boards, and other constituencies to
    achieve the College's goals and objectives.
  • Serve as an articulate spokesperson to communicate GGC's mission and priorities to constituencies
    such as legislators and the Board of Regents.
  • Engage in visits with legislators in their home districts connecting GGC's resources with local
    legislative and economic development initiatives.
  • Identify campus experts to fulfill requests for testimony in legislative hearings and committee
  • Routinely brief GGC President as requested by the Office of the President.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in government, political science, public policy, public administration, communications, journalism or a related field.
  • Experience with both the executive and legislative branches of government.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in government affairs or related activities.
  • Established credibility and a record of working effectively with members of the legislative assembly, the state higher education system, state agencies, and local governments. Experience in Georgia preferred.
  • Knowledge of regulatory affairs, budgeting, executive level policy development and administration, in-depth knowledge of state government organization and administration. Experience in Georgia preferred.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Broad exposure to higher education issues on the local, state, and national levels, with a keen understanding of governmental and public policy issues in higher education.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the state government budget process as it pertains to public higher education. Experience in Georgia preferred.
  • Practical hands-on experience in defining and coordinating university initiatives with legislative bodies and/or educational agencies.
  • Outstanding management ability with finesse, flexibility, and organizational leadership skills necessary to perform successfully in a complex multi-level system of public higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, plan, organize workflow, direct multiple tasks and manage complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team; interact with students, faculty, and staff to accomplish goals.
  • Strong sense of accuracy and attention to details.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
  • Demonstrated ability to update skills on a continual basis.


  • Graduate Degree

Position Disclosure:

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.


This position raises funds for both Georgia Gwinnett College and secondarily for the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation. Position may require local travel. Position requires non-standard work hours including evenings or weekends. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

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Job No:
Posted: 7/6/2018
Application Due: 7/20/2018
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