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Title: Assistant Director, Governmental Affairs
Office: Office of Governmental Affairs
Supervisor: Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Associate Vice President, Research Policy & Governmental Affairs
Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Level: Assistant Director
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as received with preference given to applications received by Monday, September 27, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities, is seeking a highly-skilled Assistant Director to play an important role in the Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA). The position will work closely with the Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Associate Vice President, Research Policy & Governmental Affairs to drive APLU’s budget and appropriations advocacy processes coordinating across the OGA team, conduct analysis of legislation, develop advocacy tools, and draft letters and communications to keep APLU members informed. The position has the key function of driving the overall budget and appropriations work in coordination with staff who specialize with specific agencies and accounts as well as members of APLU’s Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA). The CGA consists of federal relations officers of APLU member universities.
In addition to serving in this essential role of coordinating budget and appropriations advocacy, the Assistant Director will have an issue portfolio that includes immigration policy, humanities, telecommunications/broadband, and other issues as appropriate. On immigration policy, the position focuses on enhancing the United States’ competitiveness for international students, supporting policy that provides more opportunity for graduates of U.S. universities to live and work in the U.S., and policy to support undocumented students including a legislative path to citizenship.
The position requires extensive, collaborative engagement with partner higher education organizations and advocacy coalitions. Successful candidates will have at least five to six years of relevant federal/federal relations experience, be an energetic team player able to work in a collegial and inclusive environment, a self-starter, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, be detail-oriented and able to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously. A deep interest in the nuances of public policy and commitment to the values and mission of public universities are a must. This full-time position will be based in Washington, DC. (Employees are working remotely from locations within DC, MD, VA at least through 2021 due to COVID-19.)
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research. For more information, consult www.aplu.org.
APLU’s Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA) leads the association’s engagement with Congress and the administration to advance policy that furthers the ability of public universities to impact society through their education, research and community engagement missions. As a membership association with institutions in all 50 states, APLU is uniquely positioned to effectively advocate for its priorities. APLU’s advocacy is conducted in close collaboration with member institutions through its Council on Governmental Affairs, which consists of university federal relations officers, as well as other key university leaders such as vice presidents for research and presidents and chancellors.
Please send a cover letter and resume to APLU’s Office of Human Resources at email@example.com with the subject line: OGA Assistant Director. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with priority given to those submitted by Monday, September 27, 2021. APLU is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and supports staff with a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.