Assistant Director of State Relations

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Job Category: Academic Professional Academic Professional

Description: University of Illinois System

Office of Governmental Relations

Assistant Director, State Relations


The University of Illinois System seeks an Assistant Director State Relations to, provide strategic support in building strong relationships and partnerships with key external groups, organizations and individuals with a special emphasis in the state of Illinois government. The Assistant Director of State Relations will partner with the members of the Council of Government and External relations, and other state and federal relations staff to build and maintain relationships with lawmakers as well as develop specific strategies and long-term plans to optimize support and resources for the University. This position maybe located in Springfield, Urbana or Chicago with extensive travel. Additional responsibilities include:


1. Assists in the development and the implementation of strategies and policies to advance the University's objectives and strengthen its relationships with elected officials and government agencies in Illinois.

2. Serves as secondary liaison and coordinator for legislative strategies that impact state initiatives.

3. Acts as a secondary liaison with members and staff of the Illinois General Assembly, other elected officials, agencies of the state, and the higher education community in regard to legislative matters.

4. Assists in developing a proactive advocacy plan to promote the university's state legislative priorities, works with Illinois Connection to engage legislators and connect them with alumni in their districts.

5. Reviews state legislative issues and proposals and develop institutional positions.

6. Engages constituents inside and outside the university system in support of its state government relations agenda.

7. Helps to develop a wide range of materials in support of the U of I system's state government relations agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.

8. Plans and implements events and other activities to support the U of I system's government relations goals, such as town halls, news conferences, campus visits, and University of Illinois caucus meetings for legislators.

9. Responds to requests for information from state officials regarding University programs, policies or procedures.

10. Provides technical assistance on government relations issues to faculty and staff within individual universities.

11. Helps to coordinate legislative visits throughout the state and on each of the campuses of the University of Illinois system.

12. Other duties appropriate for an Assistant Director of State Relations.


Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field with five or more years of experience in public or government affairs. Other requirements include: demonstrated experience and knowledge of city, county, and State of Illinois government; previous community, corporate or civic relations experience; and strong communication, interpersonal and administrative skills.

Preferred Qualifications: bachelor's degree in public and/or government affairs; experience in the management of public affairs or government relations; leadership and strategic planning experience; problem solving, strategic resource development, crisis management, operations management, strategic planning, project and event management abilities.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by November 26, 2018 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services

(217) 333-2600

[email protected]

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 11/26/2018





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Posted: 11/3/2018
Application Due: 11/28/2018
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