Associate Vice President for Government Relations; Assistant Vice Chancellor

30 Apr, 2020


Associate Vice President for Government Relations; Assistant Vice Chancellor

Texas A&M University
Austin, TX

Job Description

What we believe

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.”

Who we are

As one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the nation, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center encompasses five colleges and numerous centers and institutes working together to improve health through transformative education, innovative research and team-based health care delivery.

What we want

The Health Science Center (HSC) is looking for an Associate Vice President for Government Relations; Assistant Vice Chancellor to serve as a member of the  Senior Vice President and CEO team.  We desire an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. The successful applicant will bring their experience to the position and understand the demands of supporting executives in a fast-paced environment. This person must be professional, enjoy working in a high-volume environment and be able to apply strong organizational skills while being flexible in their daily routine.  If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten years of related experience working with the legislature or government.   

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive experience with the legislative process, health care policy, higher education finance, health care industry and economics, or a combination of the above.
  • Ability to advise executive leadership on the development of strategic priorities and an agency mission in keeping with an evolving health care delivery system and the need to provide innovative health professions education, service and research to the State of Texas.
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to perform all tasks and job responsibilities safely without injury to self and others in compliance with A&M System and HSC guidelines.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Extensive experience in legislative affairs, health policy and finance, higher education policy and finance (minimum 8 years).
  • Experience in health care education, research or business.
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities.


  • Responsible for overall leadership and implementation of state legislative, appropriations, and health policy initiatives for the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and serves as the Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the institution.
  • Develops and executes a legislative plan to promote the Health Science Center’s public policy initiatives to improve the health of Texans, including development of legislative testimony, talking points and other materials as needed.
  • Responsible for implementing appropriate strategies and securing successful outcomes from the Texas Legislature, including securing base funding to support the institution.
  • Collaborates closely with TAMUS and TAMU counterparts and with other institutions of higher education, Health Science Centers and health care associations and constituencies to further the interests of the HSC.
  • Holds the title of Assistant Vice Chancellor and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives.
  • Through both roles, the occupant will work in support of Health Science Center legislative and appropriations priorities and to advance System-level health policy objectives at the state level.
  • On behalf of TAMUS serves as the principal health-related Governmental Relations Officer responsible for coordinating statewide System health policy initiatives with key committees such as House Public Health, Senate Health and Human Services, House Higher Education, Senate Higher Education, House Appropriations, Senate Finance, and other pertinent committees and agencies.
  • Works closely with the System State Affairs team to ensure passage of legislative priorities and support for appropriations requests related to System health affairs priorities.
  • Supports the development of System health initiatives involving collaboration among system members.
  • Represent the HSC Senior Vice President and TAMUS Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at meetings, hearings, and other events involving elected officials.
  • Serve as primary liaison for the HSC with legislative leadership offices, Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and other legislative offices.
  • Support the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives with legislative outreach related to key education and healthcare initiatives across the state.
  • Lead the planning and development of legislative campus visits and briefings to educate elected officials and staff during the interim on the role of the Health Science Center and TAMUS in meeting state needs in health professions education, research, and service.
  • Develops HSC points of contact at each campus in support of local outreach to legislative delegations, including district offices.
  • Works closely with colleagues at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University System to ensure passage of priority initiatives, maintain an effective legislative and policy program, and provide input and support on strategic initiatives as needed.
  • Coordinate efforts with the TAMUS Office of Federal Relations in support of the HSC and TAMUS health policy priorities.
  • Assist Marketing and Communications colleagues with planning of public events involving elected officials and/or legislative staff members on behalf of the Health Science Center and colleges, schools and institutes as needed.
  • Work closely with other externally-facing colleagues in public relations, development and other areas to support the HSC strategic plan.
  • Advise executive offices on health care improvement initiatives of interest to academic health centers and monitor developments/ongoing issues with Medicaid 1115 Waiver and other aspects of the healthcare landscape at the state and federal level.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Job posted: 2020-04-30