Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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Iowa State University invites applications for an Assistant Director of Federal Relations to assist in advancing the university's federal advocacy priorities with respect to federally sponsored research, higher education policy, agriculture policy, health policy and other relevant policy areas. The Assistant Director will also be responsible for coordinating the university's communications efforts with the Iowa Congressional Delegation as well as with all relevant federal agencies. This position reports to the Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff within the Office of the President and is based in Ames, Iowa.

In addition, the Assistant Director will be responsible for promoting the university's appropriations priorities at the federal level. This position will also track a wide variety of legislative issues, and connect daily federal policy developments to the university's overarching goals of academic and research excellence.

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

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


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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