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Job ID: 1014155
Job Title:
Assistant Director of Government Relations
Time Base:
Date Posted:
November 14, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
Management Personnel Plan (MPP)
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Chancellor's Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Government Relations. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Information
The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Assistant Director of Government Relations to inform and advise the Executive Director and the California State Student Association (CSSA) Board of Directors on public policy matters on the state and federal levels that affect CSU students and public postsecondary education. The Assistant Director of Government Relations shall provide support to the Executive Director and the CSSA Board of Directors (Board) during all phases of the association's research, policy-agenda setting, advising, strategic-planning, and management activities.

This position is also responsible for the following:
Coordinating advocate for the Board's positions and priorities to the state legislature, the governor, constitutional officers, the California Student Aid Commission, and other agencies, individuals, coalitions, and other interest and advocacy organizations or entities involved in public higher education policy.
Fostering student leadership development and civic engagement by developing and implementing skill-building trainings, events, and programs that meet the Board's short-term and long-term goals.
Management of the daily operations of the association's government relations team based in Sacramento including, but not limited to, directing a state and national legislative program, budget maintenance for legislative advocacy activities, management of technology, and direct supervision of staff based at Sacramento.


Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director of Government Relations, will:
-Oversee the CSSA Sacramento office, including direct supervision and management of professional and student staff based at the CSSA Sacramento office.
-Ensure compliance with all local, state, federal and systemwide laws and policies regarding government affairs.
-Develop strategic messaging for advocacy campaigns (both print and social media) and direct the Communications and Graphic design position on advocacy projects
-Regularly consult with the Executive Director on legislative affairs.
-Maintain relationships with CSU stakeholders, including the CSU Office of Advocacy and State Relations, CSU Academic Senate, CSU Employees Union (CSUEU), and California Faculty Association (CFA)
-Attend CSU Board of Trustees meetings in Long Beach, CA when appropriate
-Attend all meetings of the CSSA Board of Directors, CSSA Legislative Affairs Committee, and all other pertinent CSSA meetings.
-Oversee policy research on education issues affecting CSU students.
-Lead CSSA-supported CSU stakeholder advocacy efforts in partnership with the CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advocacy and State Relations when deemed necessary.
-Serve as the primary liaison to the CSU Office of Advocacy and State Relations and CSU Office of Federal Relations regarding CSSA advocacy partnerships.
-Advise the Board on relevant public policy issues and courses of action to advocate on those issues.
-Develop short-term and long-term advocacy strategies. Serve as the association's liaison to the state and federal government.
-Train board members and on-campus student groups how to effectively research, monitor, advocate and organize around higher education policy issues.
-Direct the organization's public and media relations efforts by developing and composing reports, letters, fact-sheets, and press releases regarding the association┬┐s legislative positions and priorities.
-Develop strategic messaging for advocacy campaigns and collaborate with the communications and graphic design staff.
- Serve as the primary staff member to the Board's Legislative Affairs Committee
Plan and execute student advocacy trips to Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

This position requires:
-A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Education, Political Science, Public Policy, or related field, and three (3) years of experience in governmental advocacy or analysis or related field to include progressively responsible experience working in higher education, public administration, advocacy, and/or not-for-profit organizations.
-Master's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university is preferred.
-Valid Driver's License.
-Position requires thorough knowledge of current legislation, laws, regulation and policies related to education to enable incumbent to provide accurate and meaningful advice, guidance, and assistance to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. This may require, but is not limited to, public policy matters on state and federal levels that affect CSU students and public postsecondary education.
-Position requires strong oral and written communication skills to enable incumbent to interpret and communicate educational policies and procedures and direct the day-to-day functions of the Office of Government Relations staff.
-Position requires strong strategic skills to enable the incumbent to develop and implement advocacy plans to increase support for the organization and related issues.
-Experience managing professional staff is preferred.
-Experience managing multiple large scale assignments simultaneously is required.
-Ability to travel, at least monthly is required.
-Ability to meet deadlines, set priorities, and respond quickly to changing priorities.
-Ability to think critically on complex public policy issues.
-Strong knowledge of the California State Student Association and/or Associated Students organizations highly preferred.
-Student Government experience highly preferred.
-Occasional nights and weekends

Application Period
Resumes will be accepted until November 28, 2019 or until job posting is removed.

How To Apply
To apply for this position click on the link at the top of the screen.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.