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Title: Director, Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Agriculture & International Development
Primary Supervisor: Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs
Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
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 Director of Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Agriculture and International Development. The position will work within the Offices of Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and International Programs. The Director will be responsible for advancing the association’s priorities to enhance higher education’s role in agricultural development, both domestically and globally, through the annual budget and appropriations process, appropriate authorization legislation, and with key agencies such as USDA and USAID.
The position requires outreach and coordination with key leaders of APLU member universities such as the international affairs officers in the Commission on International Initiatives (CII), the Deans of Colleges of Agriculture and other Administrative Heads within the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), and government relations representatives through the Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA). The international-focused part of the portfolio also extends beyond agriculture to include the role of higher education in international development more broadly.
Successful candidates will be energetic team players as well as self-starters, have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, be detail-oriented and be 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, particularly in the areas of agriculture and international development are a must. This full-time position will be based in Washington, DC. For more information, please consult www.aplu.org.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities. With a membership of 241 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 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $44.9 billion in university-based research.
APLU’s Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs 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. APLU’s Office of International Programs develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research universities in order to integrate international dimensions into public universities’ learning, discovery, and engagement missions. Through its International Advocacy Coordinating Committee, APLU members develop and lead the advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill on international issues of interest to public universities. APLU’s Office of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources focuses on broad cross-cutting issues related to agriculture, food and fiber, forestry, human sciences, natural resources (ecology, fish and wildlife, forestry, mineral resources and water resources), oceans and atmosphere, and veterinary medicine.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Director, Gov. Affairs (A & ID). Applications will be reviewed as received with preference given to those received prior to September 13. The position will remain posted until filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience. APLU provides a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.