Executive Director of Federal Relations and Special Assistant to the President

Employer
University of Virginia
Location
Remote - District of Columbia
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Job location: Remote - District of Columbia


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-15
Req: R0026404

The Executive Director of Federal Relations and Special Assistant to the President is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to represent the University of Virginia (UVA) in Washington, D.C. on issues related to federal policy, programs, regulation, and legislation. The Executive Director closely monitors emerging policies and opportunities relevant to UVA’s academic interests within the federal government, advocating and developing opportunities for the University. This individual fosters bipartisan alliances to address federal issues of importance to the University.

The Executive Director advises the President and executive leadership on federal issues of importance, leads the development of key federal priorities, and develops strategies and tactics to implement those priorities. Reporting to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, the Executive Director interacts frequently with the University’s executive leadership team and other University officials engaged in government relations. This position is based in Washington, DC, but requires occasional meetings and evening events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Key Priorities

  • In consultation with the executive leadership team and key partners around the University, develop, implement, and revise as necessary annual federal relations priorities and a strategic advocacy plan to achieve them, coordinating appropriately with other federal relations officials in the University.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with Members of Congress (particularly the Virginia delegation), key Congressional staff, leadership and members of the Committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate, representatives of the Administration, and federal agencies, while remaining alert to emerging opportunities to advance the University’s interests in Washington.
  • Develop recommendations and effectively advocate the University's position on issues and legislation affecting higher education such as research funding, science/health policy, federal financial aid, immigration policy, Title IX issues, diversity/affirmative action, employment/tax regulations, and national security-related policy.
  • Work closely with the University’s state relations and UVA Health’s government relations teams to ensure coordination and alignment.
  • Collaborate with higher education-related professional associations around a wide range of issues relevant to the University.

Candidate Profile

We seek a dynamic candidate with a demonstrated record of creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership in complex environments; someone with exceptional integrity who possesses the highest level of commitment to advancing organizational priorities and whose previous experience is consistent with the University’s commitment to be both great and good. While no single individual will possess all the desired experiences and qualifications, the successful candidate will have many of the following experiences and attributes:

Professional Experience

  • Substantive, first-hand knowledge of Congressional and federal policies and legislative and rulemaking processes
  • Established bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill
  • Knowledge and understanding of the major issues affecting higher education
  • Experience working with a diverse team of thinkers and success building consensus
  • A minimum of seven years of experience on Capitol Hill, conducting federal government relations, or a combination thereof, with record of effectiveness in advancing objectives

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s, JD, or other advanced degree preferred

Interpersonal Characteristics

  • Exceptional integrity; proven record of dealing with confidential information
  • Thoughtful, transparent, and exceptionally collaborative
  • High level of personal self-confidence with genuine humility
  • Excellent verbal and written communication; ability to deliver a clear and compelling message
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Ability to work well independently and juggle multiple priorities; self-directed and motivated
  • Supportive of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment

To Apply

UVA Executive Search is an internal retained search firm in the Office of the President. Susan Gaines and Nalini Turner are leading this national search with Steve Mull, Search Chair. Additional information can be found at: http://executivesearch.virginia.edu/searches.

The search will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted. Please include a resume and letter of interest. To be considered, applicants must apply through Workday https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs.

For confidential inquiries or to nominate someone for this opportunity, please contact Susan Gaines and Nalini Turner, at susangaines@virginia.edu and naliniturner@virginia.edu.

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Organization

In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.

RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS THAT CROSS DISCIPLINES

As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.

NATIONALLY RANKED HEALTH SYSTEM

UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.

INSPIRING STUDENTS, INSPIRED TEACHING

The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.

LIFE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 orAskHR@virginia.edu to request assistance.

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