A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The Federal Relations Associate/Manager located in the U-M Washington, DC Office helps support the duties of the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Research. This person is a self-starter who can successfully work independently and as part of a team.
The U-M Washington, DC Office is a small office that advocates on behalf of the University of Michigan’s higher education and federal research interests. The Federal Relations Associate/Manager plays a supporting role in the office’s collaborations with higher education associations and advocacy groups to promote federal policies that are aligned with U-M’s mission and priorities, when appropriate. The associate/manager also monitors federal agency activities and national research priorities, attends hearings, and represents the university at meetings and briefings, as needed. This person also has responsibility for the social media functions of the office and coordinating weekly updates to campus, in addition to administrative tasks.
The responsibilities of this position will be done in coordination with, and leadership from, others in the DC Office.
Attend and represent U-M at congressional briefings, hearings, and other meetings. Analyze developments and update colleagues on opportunities for U-M to advance its agenda.
Coordinate faculty and student group Congressional visits by preparing them for their visits and assisting in the creation of handouts or posters. Escort groups to meetings, as appropriate.
Follow agency activities and attend open agency meetings to gain information on agency research priorities and regulatory changes that align with, or impact, campus goals.
Create and maintain a tracking system that anticipates federal research opportunities by topic area based on annual agency budget priorities.
Track and communicate opportunities for faculty to undertake temporary research related assignments in DC. This includes temporary assignments in the White House, Congress, AAAS, and Federal agencies such as NIH, NSF, DoD, etc.
Attend and summarize association, task force, and coalition meetings.
Prepare a weekly update for campus leadership on Congressional and Agency activities, U-M participation in Congressional hearings and other significant events in D.C., and relevant news articles that focus on federal current events impacting higher education and research.
Oversee the U-M DC Office summer internship program.
Manage office and administrative duties including but not limited to: event planning; scheduling meetings; preparing expense reports; ordering and monitoring office supplies; preparing for and cleaning up after meetings; and answering phones.
Minimum Bachelors degree
2-3 years of federal agency, congressional, and/or professional association advocacy experience related to higher education, research, science, and technology policies, desired
Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Strong writing, research, analytical, problem solving and communication skills
Can proactively work independently and in teams, sometimes with little oversight
Able to multi-task and complete assignments on time and manage projects efficiently; well-organized
Creative thinker who can develop marketing-type materials, and use social media, to effectively communicate research and/or higher education priorities, or help promote the objectives of the U-M DC Office
Willingness to take assignments on short notice and travel to the Hill and/or agencies
Ability to interact professionally with others in person and by phone
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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