Vice President, Federal Government Relations

04 Aug, 2022

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Vice President, Federal Government Relations

USC
Washington, D.C.

About USC

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities located in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business. With two primary campuses, USC is home to the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 22 exceptional academic schools. The University enrolls approximately 21,000 undergraduate and 28,500 post-graduate students from all fifty U.S. states, and more than 115 countries. USC is also the largest private sector employer in Los Angeles with over 26,000 people, including 4,700 faculty, 16,000 staff, 4,800 student workers, and responsible for more than $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region. In 2022, the university will surpass $1 billion annually in sponsored research.

The Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics, and sports medicine. The campus includes three patient care facilities: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck Hospital of USC, and the USC Roski Eye Institute. With the County of Los Angeles, the university operates LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest public teaching hospitals. USC faculty staff these and many other hospitals in the region, including the internationally acclaimed Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

Founded by civic leaders in 1880, the beginning of California’s rise to prominence, USC has always been a pioneering institution with diversity, discovery, and exploration at its heart. Its aspirations—and embrace—were as expansive as the region it grew to represent. Since opening its doors, USC’s drive to break boundaries and transcend its own geography put it on an impressive trajectory.

USC developed in stride with the energetic city of Los Angeles, a vividly international city with one of the most diverse populations on the planet. Now the world’s creative capital, Los Angeles has never lost its frontier edge and constantly re-invents its physical fabric, its economy, and its society. USC is both in and of its city. It was shaped by a succession of visionary people who invested their time, insight, and financial resources to build one of the world’s great universities in the heart of a consequential global mega-region.

At the heart of the University are its students. USC prides itself on its student diversity, enrolling more underrepresented minority students than any other private institution in the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the most underrepresented minority graduate students nationwide. The University provides $740 million annually in total financial aid and one out four students are Pell Grant eligible. There are more than 450,000 living alumni in the Trojan Family. USC alumni can be found in positions of leadership all over the world, with more than half living in California.

About USC University Relations

USC University Relations (UR) supports the university’s leadership, faculty, staff, and students in building meaningful, long-lasting partnerships to advance institution’s mission and enhance the quality of life for USC and its surrounding communities. With more than 200 professionals, UR partners with community stakeholders and leaders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The department’s scope includes government relations, community partnerships, civic engagement and economic partnerships, pre-K-career education programs, and the USC Radio Group.

UR operates major community and civic programs across Los Angeles, with a special emphasis on the neighborhoods adjacent to the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. This includes providing Head Start early childhood education to more than 500 children at seven locations, educating and mentoring thousands of LAUSD students from kindergarten to career, and providing capacity building to hundreds of businesses and community organizations. USC Radio Group is the nation’s largest classical music provider including flagship stations KUSC-Los Angeles and KDFC-Bay Area.

Position Summary

University Relations seeks a Vice President of Federal Relations (VPFR) to serve as the USC’s chief federal affairs representative advancing the institution’s USC’s academic, medical, and research missions with Congress and the Administration. Primary focus areas include research, health affairs, student aid, global education, intellectual property, immigration matters, employment, tax, and other higher education issues. The VPFR oversees a four-person team and is also responsible for managing USC’s Washington, DC office. The position reports to the senior vice president, University Relations with close coordination with the senior vice president, health affairs and health sciences leadership. This is a full-time position located in USC’s Washington, DC Center. Periodic travel to Los Angeles, California is required.

Position Responsibilities

The VPFR will possess the experience and skills enabling them to advocate successfully with Congress and the Executive Agencies on USC’s agenda. They will also possess the leadership, creative, and strategic skills necessary to help the SVP of University Relations craft a successful policy and advocacy agenda, and to effectively manage a dynamic professional team.

  • Lead federal relations and health policy teams to shape and advancing USC’s federal and health policy strategies. Manage USC’s Washington, DC office.
  • Ensure strong relationships with policymakers, create effective partnerships, and develop meaningful support for USC’s priorities.
  • Oversee issues management and communications on federal and health policy issues of interest to USC and its faculty.
  • Work closely with USC Office of Research to support their mission.
  • Connect faculty, staff, and students with senior university administrators with policymakers, including coordinating Washington and campus visits.
  • Partner with USC schools and departments, including Alumni Affairs, to organize briefings and other special university events in Washington. Serve as a resource and thought partner to USC’s Washington-based student and faculty programs.
  • Represent USC on the Association of American Universities’ Council on Federal Relations, and participate in science, health, and education advocacy coalitions.
  • Serve as a member of University Relations government affairs collaborative together with USC’s state relations, local government relations, and civic engagement leads.
  • Manage contract relationships with lobbying firms and other vendors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; masters or professional degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years in federal relations and related fields, with at least 5 years management/supervisory experience.
  • Senior-level experience with federal legislative and agency processes; extensive leadership experience on Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch preferred.
  • Hands-on experience in health care change policy, strategy, and politics.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience; ability lead by influence, expertise, and advocacy among key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish strong relations with government officials and other partners; excellent strategic advocacy skills.
  • Outstanding project management and issues management skills and experience.
  • Enthusiasm for working within a university continuum especially with students and faculty.
  • Confident public speaker and media experience, preferred.

University Relations seeks a Vice President of Federal Relations (VPFR) to serve as the USC’s chief federal affairs representative advancing the institution’s USC’s academic, medical, and research missions with Congress and the Administration. Primary focus areas include research, health affairs, student aid, global education, intellectual property, immigration matters, employment, tax, and other higher education issues. The VPFR oversees a four-person team and is also responsible for managing USC’s Washington, DC office. The position reports to the senior vice president, University Relations with close coordination with the senior vice president, health affairs and health sciences leadership. This is a full-time position located in USC’s Washington, DC Center. Periodic travel to Los Angeles, California is required.

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Job posted: 2022-08-04