Sr Director for Federal Relations

Sr Director for Federal Relations
Arizona State University
Government & Community Engagement
Off-Campus: Washington, D.C.

Job Description:
Based in Washington, D.C., the Sr. Director of Federal Affairs serves as the primary liaison between ASU and federal officials on Capitol Hill, including representatives, staff and other public policy makers; assists ASU in identifying opportunities for federal funding and other legislative and executive initiatives that may impact higher education and university research funding. Enhances ASU outreach and networking with strategically significant individuals and organizations located in Washington, D.C., and cultivates meaningful and long-term relationships that will help advance ASU’s federal policy agenda.

Salary Range:
$110,000 – $140,000 per year; DOE

Close Date:

Essential Duties:
• Gathers and analyzes data and provides strategic guidance on national trends, issues and political developments that impact the university and higher education
• Drafts ASU’s federal policy agenda, proposes changes when appropriate, and is responsible for overseeing its execution
• Represents ASU on issues impacting the University before the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch
• Meets regularly and frequently with congressional representatives, staff and policy makers to communicate and advance ASU’s federal policy agenda
• Actively participates and communicates with key national organizations that concern higher education, science and research, such as APLU, ACE, AAC&U, Energy Sciences Coalition, etc., and other Washington-based organizations that influence national policies such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Council on Competitiveness, etc.
• Seeks and facilitates ASU faculty appointments to federal, congressional and/or national scientific boards, panels and hearings
• Provides timely and relevant information to the University community on national level activities, specifically information on federal activities, places, people and events
• Responsible for creation and submission of Federal Lobbying Reports
• Supervises and assigns relevant responsibilities to federal affairs staff
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND ten (10) years of related experience which includes five (5) years of management/supervisory experience; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated knowledge of management principles and practices
• Demonstrated knowledge of federal legislative functions and budgetary processes
• Demonstrated knowledge in forming and maintain productive collaborations to develop consensus among diverse groups while addressing competing needs
• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of exemplary customer service demonstrated through actively listening, acknowledging, and responding to every inquiry; taking ownership and resolving each concern or problem as appropriate; exhibiting professionalism and expertise in every interaction and engaging in professional development to meet expectations for service excellence.
• Experience in analyzing issues and developing alternative solutions.
• Experience in establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
• Evidence of effective written and verbal communication.
• Experience in working collaboratively in complex organization
• Experience in making administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
• Experience in preparing and presenting information in a clear and concise manner.
• Experience in organization and time management.
• Experience in judgment and ability to function and multi-task under pressure.
• Experience in interacting with internal and external customers.
• Experience in applying strong analytical, sound decision making and independent judgment
• Experience in convening and leading discussions and formulate a University response to policy opportunities
• Experience in maintaining strict confidentiality of sensitive materials, activities and initiatives
• Experience in working effectively with individuals of diverse political thought
• Experience in stimulating changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment
• Experience in leading by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs

Working Environment:
Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. Drives University vehicle and/or cart to campus site.

Department Statement:
The national policy team communicates ASU’s priorities for U.S. Government support of science, research funding, and higher education relations.

Coordinating university-wide priorities through the development of the ASU federal agenda, the office actively participates in national associations and serves as a resource to faculty and staff for federal-related endeavors.

In addition, the office monitors the federal legislative process and works closely with relevant federal agencies to advance issues of importance to ASU.

ASU Statement:
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement:
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply:
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.