The Executive Director of Government Relations is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position for Oregon State University's Office of the President. Reappointment is at the discretion of the president.
Founded in 1868 as Oregon's land grant institution and one of only two land, sea, space, and sun grant universities in the U.S., Oregon State University serves the state, the nation, and the world as a premier 21st-century research university. OSU is Oregon's statewide university with its main campus in Corvallis; a branch campus in Bend (OSU-Cascades); a presence in Newport (Hatfield Marine Science Center), Portland (OSU Portland Center), and online (Ecampus); and educational programs, Extension, and engagement in all of Oregon's counties.
The executive director plays a vital leadership role in supporting and preserving the university's land grant mission, realizing its vision and its commitment to fostering a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence, and advancing its strategic plan by directing the university's interactions at the local, state, and federal levels and building relationships among and between various constituencies to advocate for the university and advance its policy and funding priorities. This is a fast-paced, high-profile position with responsibilities including monitoring, managing, and engaging in federal and state legislation programs and proposals; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and overseeing the university's interactions with members of Congress and executive branch agencies. The executive director builds networks to link and mobilize stakeholders and works with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders to coordinate their engagement in government relations activities. The executive director also provides direction to and works in support of student advocacy efforts and works with colleges and college leadership teams on key legislative issues. In partnership with other university leaders, the executive director participates in constituent relations, public affairs communications, and issues management on a range of organizational and public policy matters.
The executive director leads the Government Relations Office, which represents Oregon State University in the governmental process by building and maintaining relationships between the university and various civic, government, and political communities. Responsibilities include defining and leading the direction for the office, leading a high-performance team comfortable operating in a highly complex and dynamic environment, and building a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration.
OSU is a collaborative, inclusive, and respectful community that strives for equity and equal opportunity in everything we do, including a welcoming environment for colleagues and customers alike.
Typically require Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Communication, Public Policy, Public Administration or related field. 6 years' experience with increasing levels of responsibility and authority in conducting government affairs with exposure to policy, education, and public finance issues.
Advanced degree in a field relevant to assigned responsibilities OR an equivalent combination of a bachelor's degree and a minimum of seven years' experience providing public affairs consultation and strategy.
Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal legislative and executive processes.
Demonstrated success in legislative advocacy, negotiation, and persuasion.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with public officials and their staffs.
Demonstrated experience with crisis and issues management.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate, assemble, and effectively work with teams from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and to mobilize diverse constituent groups to achieve identified goals.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a complex organization and/or with complex issues.
Demonstrated experience providing counsel and guidance to executives or leadership teams.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, with an emphasis on tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrated ability to set a strategic vision and create public affairs plans and strategies.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.
Some evenings and weekends required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offic...es, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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