Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

22 May, 2020


Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

California State University
Fullerton, CA

Job no: 496810
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fullerton
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time

Job Title
Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

Administrator II-Range A


Government and Community Relations

University Advancement

Salary Range
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Appointment Type
At Will

Time Base

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

About CSUF
Standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, the university was founded in 1957 and has grown into a population of over 39,000 students. As Titans, we believe that diverse perspectives deepen our understanding. We are committed to giving students the support they need to graduate, while responding to California’s revolving work force needs. At California State University, Fullerton we strive for continual improvement of students, staff, faculty and administrators through orientations, training programs and professional development opportunities. As part of the Titan Community, you have access to many campus facilities and services including but not limited to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CSUF Garden Grove Center, Fullerton Arboretum, cultural events and performances in the Clayes Performing Arts Center, Cal State Fullerton Athletics sports events, Titan Recreation Center, and the Employee Wellness Program.

Job Summary
It is an exciting time to join Cal State Fullerton as we are an in demand comprehensive University that is driven to shape the future of education and foster a vibrant community of diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators who uphold values of inclusive excellence, free speech, and an environment free from discrimination. We are continuously seeking individuals from a variety of career disciplines that share in the University’s mission and core values. We warmly welcome you to consider joining the Titan Community where minds expand and opportunities flourish.

About the Position:
University Advancement builds and strengthens relationships with the communities we serve to encourage advocacy, investment and support of the University, its mission, goals and programs to achieve student and alumni success. The office of Government and Community Relations advocates for the University and acts as a central point for those interested in developing a relationship with the institution. The office provides periodic updates to legislative delegations on campus programs and funding priorities especially in these difficult budget times. The office works cooperatively with the CSU’s offices of advocacy and state and federal relations. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as the Director, Government Relations and Advocacy. The ideal candidate in this role should have a positive attitude, an active, energetic mind, and a leadership style that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness.

The Director of Government Relations and Advocacy reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations. Under limited direction, the Director of Government Relations and Advocacy oversees state and federal relations and advocacy for the University. In this capacity, the Director acts as the University’s liaison between state and federal agencies, CSUF’s state and congressional delegation, congressional and state alumni, and other state elected officials’ throughout California. The Director is responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with elected and appointed federal and state elected and appointed officials. Responsible for campus-based advocacy for CSU sponsored legislation. Responsible for the recruitment and training of key university support groups related to federal and state relations program and University priorities. Cultivates and develops partnerships with and among these and other entities. Meets regularly with a variety of students and campus personnel (faculty, deans/associate deans, administrators and staff) to match campus expertise with external needs. Develops programs/partnerships to engage individuals/groups in support of campus and programs/priorities. Provides strategic input on campus legislative priorities and member engagement. Serves as key contact/information gateway for general community and, as necessary, provides updates on campus projects and priorities affecting campus/external relations. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or four-year unversity in a related field and a minimum of five years of direct experience within California (non-profit organization, legislative, state, or federal office or agency). The ideal candidate will be a high energy individual able to work with minimal supervision, exhibiting high levels of attention to detail and follow-through. Previous supervisory/administrative experience and knowledge of governmental processes. Must be to work with a broad range of constituents through networking and/or strong oral/written communication skills.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred. Previous experience working with California local, state and federal officials. Familiarity with Orange County and California state and federal legislative delegations. Experience in a university/higher education setting; knowledge of working within a larger system and ability to collaborate within the CSU/Chancellor’s office.

Valid California Driver’s License

Additional Information
California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The scope of responsibilities for this position includes the making or participating in the making of decisions that may have a material financial benefit on the incumbent. Therefore, you will be required to file an initial “Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests” within thirty (30) days from date of hire and on an annual basis; and complete the CSU sponsored ethics on-line training within thirty (30) days of appointment, and at least once during each consecutive period of two calendar years following the appointment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function.

Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.

Online application/resume must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration.

California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

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Job posted: 2020-05-22