Director of Government Relations
University of Delaware - Newark, DE

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Director of Government Relations

Pay Grade: 33E Deadline: March 22, 2013

The Director of Government Relations reports to the Vice President & University Secretary and is the primary point of contact for state and local government, along with other constituent groups, in promoting the mission and goals of the University.

The Director partners with the Sr. Leadership (President, Provost, Executive Vice President, and Deans) to develop a coordinated legislative strategy that aligns with the university strategic plan; coordinates legislative outreach activities involving state and local government officials, alumni, students, and other constituents; responds to constituent concerns involving the University; and coordinates the development and communication of the University’s position on public policy debated at the state and local levels of government. The Director may be called upon to update the President and Board of Trustees.

In addition, the Director of Government Relations is responsible for supervising the Government Relations Assistant. In this capacity, the Director oversees the administrative, research, writing and other activities necessary to promote the mission and goals of the University.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Serve as the University’s primary point of contact for state and local government officials, constituent groups and business leaders in promoting the mission and goals of the University.
  • Coordinate across the University the development and implementation of outreach activities involving state and local officials including business leaders.
  • Promote the University’s annual operating and capital budget request by serving as a liaison with the Executive branch, Joint Finance Committee, and the Bond Bill Committee.
  • Evaluate proposed state legislation and local ordinances and regulations which impact the University and recommend and prepare the appropriate University response.
  • Collect and synthesize information at the state and local level which affects the University's interests and prepare executive summaries for consideration within the University
  • Communicate the University’s position on matters of public policy and community concerns.
  • Perform other administrative tasks as assigned by the Vice President and University Secretary such as writing and editing speeches, reports, articles and position papers dealing with University issues, and supporting the activities of the Vice President and University Secretary’s office related to the board of trustees as well as commencement event planning and implementation.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Requires a Bachelor's degree with 5-7 years’ experience as well as a strong understanding of public relations, event management, database management, the state and local legislative process and knowledge of the administrative structure of the Executive branch of state government and the structure of Delaware local governments.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations with varied areas of interest.
  • Public relations expertise.
  • Business operations, re-engineering and strategic planning experience preferred.

How To Apply

When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

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