Director of Federal Government Engagement
In collaboration with and reporting to the Vice President for Government Relations and Community Engagement and coordinating with other University leaders, develops and manages University strategy for strengthening relationships with federal elected officials and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for Syracuse University through programmatic and research initiatives. Works with University leadership to identify and execute on priority legislative and government relations issues for the University. Represents Syracuse University with media and communications partners relating to public policy priorities and University initiatives.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, communications, business, or other closely related field.
Five (5) plus years of experience working in government relations, communications, or other related experience
Successful track record of convening federal government stakeholders and facilitating effective strategies for program development and initiatives, particularly related to appropriations and higher education policy.
Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs.
Able to liaise with media/communications partners on public policy and political issues.
Skilled at analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents, as well as experience with legislative and regulatory advocacy, negotiation, and persuasion.
Highly skilled at representing the University’s goals and priorities to governmental and policy partners. Must have strong communications and organizational skills that support communicating stakeholders’ goals and perspectives to University leadership.
Ability to clearly define goals, identify effective processes and assess outcomes.
Effective verbal and written communicator.
Proficient with Microsoft Office programs.
Job Specific Qualifications
Must have prior experience working with Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as non-profit and policy organizations, to create, support, and enhance the University’s impact on public policy.
Must have strong organizational skills and strong inter-personal skills supporting key relationships, both internal and external, with government groups and key stakeholders.
Must have strong communication skills to share information and plans for program initiatives and activities that support/enhance relationships with government stakeholders.
Must have ability to prepare a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets.
Must be able to work independently as well as with teams.
Track record of advancing diversity and cultivating an inclusive culture within a professional and/or educational setting.
In collaboration with and reporting to the Vice President for Government Relations and Community Engagement and coordinating with other University leaders, develops and manages University strategy for strengthening relationships with federal elected officials and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for Syracuse University through programmatic and research initiatives.
Works with University leadership to identify and execute on priority legislative and government relations issues for the University.
Monitors legislation and policy activities.
Updates and advises University leadership and staff about relevant policy proposals and actions.
Works with University staff to analyze potential impacts on the institution.
Communicates with the University community to inform them of relevant government issues.
Represents Syracuse University with media and communications partners relating to public policy priorities and University initiatives.
In conjunction with the Vice President of Government Relations and Community Engagement, ensures alignment of federal engagement strategies, partnerships, programs, and initiatives with Academic Strategic Plan.
Represents Syracuse University at policy and stakeholder events and conferences.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.
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About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.
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Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.
Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.
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Job posted: 2021-08-16