Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core FourArts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers students more than 50 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.
The Associate Director of Government Relations will serve as the University's chief government relations officer at the local, state and federal levels. The Associate Director will represent the University with elected officials and prepare administration and staff for meetings with government officials and agencies. The Specialist is responsible for promoting legislative efforts that are beneficial to the University.
Job duties include meeting with local, state, and federal government officials, improving relationships with elected officials, staying current on existing and proposed legislation, and coordinating these activities with the University's retained lobbyists, as well as updating management on relevant laws and regulations.
REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Coordinate the University's city, county, state and federal government relations strategy and lobbying activities and priorities
Arrange and execute University lobby trips and activities for the University President, Provost, and students
Seek grant applications, in coordination with the Director of Corporate Foundation and Government Grants, for public funding for institutional priorities. Coordinate lobbying, and oversee lobby partners, to secure funds
Participate in the development of state and federal priority recommendations and documentation, legislative request support materials, economic impact/development information and other materials in support of the university's government relations activities.
Visit federal, state and county legislators personally to advocate on behalf of Adelphi
Serve as the University liaison to higher education advocacy organizations at state, federal, and NYC levels
Ensure timely filing of semi-annual lobby reports (January and July)
Connect weekly with state lobbyists to keep them up to date with University priorities and address emerging issues
Maintain close relationships with LI directors for United States Senators and key Members of Congress keeping the staff informed about institutional priorities
Check in at least monthly with lobbyist in Albany to stay connected to University state priorities and federal matters
Monitor NAICU and CICU updates for implications of emerging policies and priorities and share efforts with campus partners (i.e. financial aid, public safety, student affairs, business affairs and advancement)
Work on maintaining and improving the relationship between Adelphi University and the Village of Garden City, as well as act as a resource and advocate for matters presented to the Village of Garden City for approval.
Collaborate with academic departments to bring politicians to campus for student/community forums
Assist in finding/identifying internship opportunities
Attend political fundraisers when invited as a guest of lobby partners and DC based NAICU events
May participate in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy making committees.
Team Member of External Relations
Represent the President and the University at public meetings and events when asked
Enhance and expand the University brand visibility on and off campus
Perform other job-related duties as assigned
Knowledge of State and Federal government organization and legislative processes, including budget and appropriations processes.
Knowledge of State and Federal government issues related to higher education.
Ability to research legislative history and the status of pending legislation and to analyze pending and enacted legislation.
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
Ability to be organized and pay attention to detail.
Ability to prioritize workload according to volume, urgency, etc.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to work independently.
Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.
Excellent written and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work with computers for long hours.
Ability to travel and work long hours. Hours for the position are varied; evenings and weekends are required.
Frequent travel to Albany and Washington, DC.
Bachelor's Degree required.
Minimum of 5-7 years' experience in government affairs jobs
Adelphi University comprises a small liberal arts college and a cluster of professional schools that have grown up in close relationship to the needs of the region. Our mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and to offer professional preparation of the first rank in arts, education, business, clinical psychology, social work, nursing and other health sciences.