Assistant Director, Government Relations – Local and Community

Employer
University of Arizona
Location
Tucson, AZ
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Job Details

Posting Number:

req6033

Department:

Government&Community Relations

Department Website Link:

Location:

Main Campus

Address:

Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

Under the direction of the Senior Director for Local and Community Relations, and the Vice President, Government and Community Relations (GCR), this position will work with campus departments and colleges and community stakeholders to execute UArizona’s local government and community relations agenda. This position will support GCR’s government relations efforts in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties, education and non-profit communities, and will support the UA Cares program and the University’s volunteerism efforts. Community and local government efforts may require attending weekend and evening events.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee UArizona’s volunteerism efforts in the community, including creating new opportunities for strategic engagement by students, faculty, and staff, and manage the implementation of the UA Cares program.
  • Support outreach efforts, including local government outreach efforts in Cochise County and Santa Cruz County to create and maintain strong UArizona presence in southern Arizona, including all official student and faculty engagement, to ensure coordinated messaging. Support outreach efforts with community stakeholders including, but not limited to, education groups and non-profit organizations.
  • Support efforts to track and promote community engagement activities campus-wide.
  • Support the University’s neighborhood and campus edge relations.
  • Oversee GCR-Local and Community’s student assistants and interns.
  • Ability to travel within state and out of state and work nights and weekends, as requested.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Interpersonal leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of policy issues and political dynamics in Southern Arizona.
  • Problem solving and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Familiarity with Southern Arizona non-profit community leadership.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, and a proven track record of effective leadership.
  • Self-starter who can work both in a team and independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience. Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience is required. Broad experience with community relations throughout Southern Arizona.Experience working with elected officials or prominent community leaders.Valid driver's license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the University of Arizona.
  • Existing professional relationships with local elected leaders and their staff.
  • Event management experience.
  • Experience hiring and managing student interns.

FLSA:

Exempt

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:

40

Job FTE:

1.0

Work Calendar:

Fiscal

Job Category:

University Advancement

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$55,000 - $65,000 DOE

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade:

8

Career Stream and Level:

PC2

Job Family:

Gov, Tribal, & Cmty Relations

Job Function:

University Advancement

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:

1

Target Hire Date:

8/30/2021

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Cindy Ramirez
[email protected]

Open Date:

7/12/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

One additional document is required for this application.
Please submit answers to the following questions; limited to 200 words each answer.

1. What do you think the University of Arizona’s role is in our community?
2. If hired, what impact do you hope to have during your time at the University of Arizona?
3. What is one challenge our community is facing that you think the University could positively impact?

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Organization

As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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