Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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Iowa State University invites applications for a Director of Federal Relations to assist in advancing the University's federal advocacy priorities with respect to federally sponsored research, higher education policy, health policy, and coordinating communications efforts. This position reports to the Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff within the President's Office at Iowa State University and is based in Ames, Iowa.

In addition, the Director of Federal Relations will be responsible for the appropriations process at the federal level and understanding the land grant philosophy. This position will also track a wide variety of legislative issues, and connect daily legislative and policy developments to the University's overarching goals of academic and research excellence. The incumbent will interact with key Members and staff in Congress, the Executive Branch, the higher education and research community in Washington, and senior administrators and faculty at Iowa State University.

The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter and enthusiastic team player, possessing strong communications skills, both oral and written. The ability to multi-task, quickly grasp details and make sound decisions will also be essential for success in this position.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 5 years related experience OR Master's degree and 3 years related experience OR Ph.D. or other doctoral/professional program and some related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional experience as a Legislative Director or Chief of Staff.

Demonstrated experience and knowledge of public higher education and federal legislative process.

Experience articulating recommendations and policy positions in writing.

Ties to the Iowa congressional delegation.


Minimum $56,196; commensurate with qualifications

Special Conditions

The duties of this position will require regular travel to Washington, DC.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email Tammy Michel at or call 515-294-0585.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

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