Assistant Vice President for Federal Government Relations

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Assistant Vice President for Federal Government Relations

Stanford University

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The Assistant Vice President of Federal Government Relations, under minimal supervision, is responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of Stanford University's activities and relationships with Congress and the Executive Branch agencies focused on regulatory and legislative issues impacting the university and its related organizations, with respect to the university's research, education and patient care mission.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Analyze and monitor federal, legislative and regulatory activity of interest to Stanford University and the higher education community in general.

  • Brief senior government and community relations staff and university leadership on issues of importance and coordinate with them to develop policy positions and plan strategies to further those positions.

  • Respond to campus inquiries from Administrators, faculty and students on a broad range of federal public policy issues.

  • Develop, enhance and maintain positive working relationships with Legislative and Executive Branch agency officials, their staff and advisors.

  • Coordinate advocacy efforts with member associations in the higher education sector, peer institutions, and third party stakeholders to assist in developing and implementing strategies to achieve stated legislative and regulatory objectives.

  • Provide federal audiences with selected, proactive and timely information about university positions, accomplishments and interests.

  • Draft position papers, statements, testimony, and presentations on priority federal issues for review and communication to both internal and external audiences.

  • Schedule and follow-through on appointments and represent the university at briefings and hearings.

  • Coordinate policy-related events and campus visits from high-level government and Congressional staff, by working with department heads.

  • Under the direction of the Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations, work collaboratively with other Government and Community Relations staff on special projects as assigned.

  • Advocate before public officials to advance and/or defend the university's mission.

  • Plan the Washington, DC visits of Stanford's senior leaders, including identifying key government leaders with whom the President should meet, informing them of the President's goals for the visits, creating briefing materials and ensuring follow-up to the visits.

  • Represent the institution at the meetings of higher education sector groups, such as the Council on Federal Relations of the Association of American Universities.

  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Experience in staff positions or government relations work focusing on the federal government.

  • Extensive knowledge of the issues facing the higher education sector in general, and research universities in particular. Specific background of the issues related to scientific research, health care delivery and finance, tax-exempt organizations and post-secondary education policy is preferred.

  • Excellent judgment and deep knowledge of the political process at the federal level.

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with policymakers, their staff, and members of the Stanford community.

  • Collaborative team player with the ability to diplomatically solve problems and build key relationships.

  • Willingness and ability to travel between the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC.

  • Experience on Capitol Hill with working knowledge of the political system and political process at the federal, state and local levels in a related science, technology, or higher education policy.

  • Demonstrate a high level of judgment, analytical and conceptual skills.

Why is Stanford for you:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.

  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.

  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to apply:

We invite you to apply for the position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4279
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N
  • Requisition ID: 84373


Location: Office of Public Affairs, Stanford, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 8/21/2019
Application Due: 8/21/2031
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