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Title: 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
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 Director to play a key role in the Governmental Affairs Office on issues related to science and research policy/funding and other top advocacy priorities. Working closely with the Vice President for Governmental Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Research Policy and Governmental Affairs, the Director will develop and advance portfolios on APLU’s science and research policy and related budget and appropriations priorities. Areas of focus for the position may include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), environmental sciences/research (Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and intellectual property (patents and copyrights). The specific portfolio will be determined by needs of the office and the interests and qualifications of the candidate.
The incumbent will work with Congress to boost federal support for scientific research within the assigned portfolio and will advocate directly with the agencies and the administration. The position requires extensive, collaborative engagement with partner higher education organizations and advocacy coalitions. Successful candidates will have at least eight years of successful federal government/relations experience including experience with research policy, be energetic team players as well as self-starters, have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, possess excellent 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 equity, access, and inclusive 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: GA 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.