Director, Local Government Affairs

06 Jun, 2021


Director, Local Government Affairs

Stanford University
Stanford, CA


The Office of Government Affairs coordinates and facilitates the interactions of Stanford University and Stanford Health Care (SHC) with local, state and federal governments, as well as its relationship with neighboring communities. The Office promotes the interests of the University’s and SHC’s key constituents through contact with public officials, involvement with educational organizations, tracking of pertinent legislation and direct advocacy on a wide variety of issues from land use policies to funding for the basic sciences to health care. Government Affairs also supports campus-community efforts that contribute to the vitality of the greater community.


The Director, Local Government Affairs will expand our presence throughout the San Francisco Bay peninsula and strengthen our engagement with stakeholders of importance to the University, as well as plan and implement new strategies between the Office of Government Affairs and the surrounding local governments (a geographical area will be assigned accordingly). You will implement new modes of engagement to develop, expand and enhance relationships with university supporters and external constituencies through communication and education initiatives. You will represent the Office of Government Affairs at meetings and events, as well as maintain regular contacts with policy leaders, and local government officials and staff. You will help build coalitions with other constituencies on issues of mutual interest and maintain consistent contact with local government and community officials and their staff.

In this role, you will:

  • Enhance and maintain positive working relationships with policy leaders and government officials, along with other member associations.
  • Plan, design and coordinate events and campus visits of local leaders that further the university’s mission and relate to community goals.
  • Attend public meetings and hearings and provide reports back to the government affairs staff and leadership on items of importance.
  • Monitor and track local government public meeting agendas for items of relevance to the university and its operations.
  • Provide community-based audiences with selected, proactive and timely information about university positions, accomplishments and interests.
  • Represent the university at public meetings, hearings, and community events.
  • Maintain and enhance outreach efforts and programs aimed at policy organizations, key individuals and opinion makers, and the general public.
  • Analyze and monitor local activity of interest to the university. Brief senior university leadership and government affairs staff on issues of importance.
  • Research, track and document issues that are relevant to achieving the university’s objectives in local government relations.
  • Work collaboratively with other GCR staff on special projects as assigned.
  • Support the production of materials such as newsletter, electronic news and web-based content in partnership with University Communications.
  • Commit to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Other duties may also be assigned. 

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of local government and familiarity with community issues/concerns.
  • Excellent judgment and knowledge of political processes.
  • Ability to understand and communicate complex and sometimes controversial issues.
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to diplomatically resolve problems and build key relationships.
  • A willingness and ability to reach out to many constituencies and understand their needs and priorities.
  • Superb written and verbal communication, active listening skills and the interpersonal skills needed to work with a broad range of individuals successfully, including Stanford stakeholders, local officials, business owners, policy based organizations, and the public.
  • Working knowledge of land use planning and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Mac and PC proficient and have working knowledge of Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Keynote, Constant Contact and the complete Microsoft suite of programs.
  • Excellent follow-up and organizational skills necessary; detail-oriented.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to follow direction and complete tasks with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated success in following through and completing projects.
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.


*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.



  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,



Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.  We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.


Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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Job posted: 2021-06-06