Associate Director for Federal Relations

Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Apr 30, 2014
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Appointment Type: Administrative/Professional Faculty

Department: Office of the President 008001 UPR

Position Summary: The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Associate Director for Federal Relations position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This position may be located in Corvallis and/or the Portland metropolitan area.

The Associate Director for Federal Relations develops and coordinates Oregon State University's federal agenda in consultation with the Director of Government Relations, Vice President for Research, Provost and President. The federal agenda establishes OSU's priorities in working with Congress and federal agencies.

The Associate Director monitors federal legislation, programs, and proposals, and assesses potential implications and opportunities for the university. Working closely with the Vice President for Research, the Associate Director is responsible for managing the efforts of a contracted firm in developing more extensive contacts and relationships with key federal agency staff and executives.

The Associate Director serves as liaison between the university and members of the Oregon congressional delegation, congressional staff, committee staff, and federal agencies.

The position is responsible for coordinating and communicating to the university community at large the university's position on federal issues that affect the university. The position also facilitates personal contacts between university administrators, faculty, and students with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal agencies.

Successful candidates will be attentive to complex issues that address equity and inclusion and the challenges facing students, faculty and others that are associated with differences in race, economic status, gender, disability, and other matters that may affect student success and access to education.

Position Duties: 30% Lead and coordinate university-wide efforts to build and maintain strong relationships with federal agencies. In coordination with the Vice President for Research, build and maintain relationships with federal agency leadership. Work with agency staff, Office of Management and Budget, and national associations to advocate for key agency budgets. With the Vice President of Research, oversee the administration of a contract with an outside firm responsible for fostering and developing relationships with federal agencies.

20% Engage the university leadership in the development and implementation of the university's federal agenda in close consultation with the President, Provost, Vice President for Research and other members of the university's executive staff, including Deans and Directors. Anticipate, orchestrate and develop legislative and agency strategies to advance federal agency initiatives and budget support. Provide detailed status reports on progress, problems, opportunities, upcoming issues and potential impacts.

15% Monitor federal legislation, programs, proposals; assess potential implications, and opportunities for the university; and coordinate the university's role in anticipating and addressing relevant federal legislation.

15% Serve as liaison between the university and members of Congress, including the Oregon Congressional Delegation, congressional staff, committee staff, federal agencies, additional executive branch entities, national organizations and associations, other universities, and key constituents.

10% Coordinate and communicate the university's position on federal issues, identifying short and long term impacts that may affect university operations or the achievement of short and long-term strategic goals; facilitate personal contacts between university administrators, faculty, and students with members of Congress, Congressional staff, federal agencies, and other universities, and key constituents. Written communications range from status reports and correspondence to white papers on key legislative issues.

10% Work on special projects and events or other duties as assigned

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Must be available for extensive travel by plane in coach class.

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree required, with a preference for degrees in political science, communication, public policy, public administration or closely related field of study.

5-8 years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and authority in conducting government affairs with exposure to policy, education, and public finance issues; experience may also include science, health, natural resource, engineering and technology issues. (Master's degree can substitute for 2 years of experience.)

Significant experience working directly with members of Congress and federal agencies, or in a public policy field. Demonstrated knowledge of the federal budget, administrative and legislative processes. Knowledge of the state legislative process helpful.

Must have excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills, as well as demonstrated ability to work with the public and elected officials across the political spectrum

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be fit to hold the position as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: Master's degree preferred.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only):

Posting Date: 04-29-2014

For Full Consideration Date: 05-30-2014

Closing Date: 06-14-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Posting Number: 0012326

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