Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental and External Affairs

14 Apr, 2021


Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental and External Affairs

Houston Community College
Houston, TX

Houston Community College

Houston, TX

Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental and External Affairs

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Job Summary

The Associate Vice Chancellor, Governmental and External Affairs is responsible for the development and management of strategies that seek to inform HCC stakeholders regarding public policy at the federal, state and local government levels.


Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.


Manages Talent Engagement activities for direct reports in regard to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.



Direct and manage the staff and contractor efforts in support of all HCC communication and public policy initiatives, particularly with the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Manage work activities of student employees, assistants and/or interns.


Assist in the identification of issues and development of policy positions for the entire HCC system.


Manage and maintain a comprehensive strategic planning and policy development process, consistent with HCC System’s strategic planning and policy development process to effectively address policy matters impacting the institution.


Lead the policy development process and represent the institution before legislative and rulemaking bodies.


Interact with local public and private entities, as well as local, state and federal associations committed to the advancement of higher education.


Monitor federal, state and local legislation and work to inform HCC stakeholders about HCC projects and initiatives and maintain positive relationships among external policy makers and HCC officials.


Serve as liaison for HCC with legislators and other governmental officials and agencies.


Monitor legislation regarding funding and laws/regulations affecting community colleges; interpret funding formulas and related bills to achieve appropriate resources and support for college projects and initiatives at the federal, state and local levels.


Confer with national and state associations regarding legislation that may impact community colleges.


Facilitate and coordinate the interaction of Trustees, the Chancellor and other district officials with HCC’s government relations consultants, legislators, and other government officials.


Develop written correspondence and issue documents; develop and present policy analysis and position papers as needed to explain HCC programs and initiatives.


Ensure that the Governing Board, the Chancellor and other district officials are kept informed of new, anticipated and pending legislation.


Formulate strategies in collaboration with local and state governments regarding the college’s bond election and annexation activities.


Collaborate with relevant HCC stakeholders on projects that involve governmental regulators, public entities and higher education.


Provide policy advice to the Governing Board, Chancellor and HCC executives that support the policy agenda and other related purposes of the institution.


Provide advice to the Chancellor and executive team on relevant matters relating to and impacting board agenda items.


Create sustainability standards and policies that can be implemented at an institutional level (i.e. transportation, waste management, etc.).


Coordinate and oversee the development and maintenance of multiple campus-wide sustainability committees.


Interact with units/departments that have existing sustainability initiatives.  Adapt best practices and share successful initiatives and ideas.


Provide support to the Office of Facilities for the development and implementation of energy and natural resource conservation projects, including energy conservation and green building design.  


Establish HCC as a national leader in the field of higher education sustainability at the state, regional, national and international level.  


Build involvement and support for sustainability projects among faculty, staff and students across the entire district.


Identify opportunities for outside grant funding and other savings programs.


Speak at local, regional, and international conferences.


Perform other duties, tasks and assignments as required.



Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Government, Political Science, Business or related field is required
  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctor is preferred
  • 8 years professional experience in fostering beneficial relations with local, state and/or federal legislative bodies and public officials and/or former regulatory compliance experience required             

Licensing & Certification

  • Valid Texas Driver License

Special Skills    

  • MS Office Programs
  • Information Management Systems
  • Budget Management       


  • Acting as a Champion for Change
  • Thinking like an Entrepreneur
  • Driving for Results
  • Leveraging Opportunities
  • Setting a Strategic Vision
  • Attracting & Developing Talent
  • Inspiring & Motivating Others
  • Acting Strategically
  • Demonstrating Beliefs & Principals
  • Managing Resources

Working Conditions

General office.  May frequently be required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.  Use of personal computing equipment, telephone, multi-functioning printer, photocopier, file cabinets, and calculator.  Manual dexterity, ability to lift up to 25 pounds, ability to reach and bend, and use 2-step stool while safely lifting and lowering boxes.  Ability to travel to and from meetings, training sessions or other business-related events.  May be required to work after hours to include weekends and holidays.


SECURITY SENSITIVE:  This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215


The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We’re proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.


The Team

Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. When you join our talented faculty team, you’ll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We’ll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community.


Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:


  • Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City’s 55.
  • Approximately 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don’t forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate healthcare system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston’s cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.


If this sounds like the role for you and you’re ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.


EEO Statement

Houston Community College does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity

PO Box 667517                                   

Houston TX, 77266

713 718.8271 or


HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.


Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact  (713) 718-8565.



Job posted: 2021-04-14