Assistant Director, Local & State Relations

25 Aug, 2019


Assistant Director, Local & State Relations

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The University System Office seeks an Assistant Director Local and State Relations. Provide strategic support in building strong relationships and partnerships with key external groups, organizations and individuals with a special emphasis in the City of Chicago and the state of Illinois government. The Assistant Director of Local and 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 decision makers in the city and at the state, as well as develop specific strategies and long-term plans to optimize support and resources for the University. 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 the city of Chicago and State of Illinois.


2. Serves as key point of contact for neighboring businesses, institutions, residents and others in assigned area. Initiates and supports opportunities for them to be engaged in university life, engages them in university issues or changes affecting them, and addresses their concerns.


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


4. Acts as a secondary liaison with members and staff of the Illinois General Assembly, Chicago City Council, Cook County Board, other elected officials, agencies of the state, and the higher education community in regard to legislative matters.


5. 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 Chicago.


6. Reviews state and local legislative issues and proposals and develop institutional positions.


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


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


9. 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 in Chicago.


10. Responds to requests for information from local officials regarding University programs, policies or procedures.


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


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


13. Other duties appropriate for an Assistant Director of Local and 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’ work experience in public or government relations. Other requirements include: demonstrated experience and knowledge of city, county, and State of Illinois government; previous community, corporate or civic relations experience; 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 September 4, 2019 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

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.

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Job posted: 2019-08-25