Vice President for Government
Vice President for Government & Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
Employment Category: Fulltime
Staff Job Function: Wage Band:
RIT’s Division of Government and Community Relations serves as the university’s liaison with federal, state and local government entities as well as community groups and organizations. The staff is responsible for coordinating RIT’s participation in community events, and manage large-scale special events that take place on the RIT campus and in the community.
The division’s mission is to implement a comprehensive program of government relations, community relations and special events to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships between the Institute and all levels of government and the community at large. These relationships result in funding and other types of support, and strengthen RIT’s visibility and image in the community.
From its beginnings, RIT has been deeply connected to the educational and practical training needs of citizenry and industry. The university’s roots go back to 1829 when the city’s founder established the Rochester Athenaeum, a literary society that offered public lectures and debates and attracted such luminaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1891, the Athenaeum merged with the Mechanics Institute, which had been created and funded by local business and community leaders to provide technical training to meet local industry’s growing demand for skilled workers. The merged institution—the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute—combined cultural education and practical technical training. In 1912, cooperative education was added to the programmatic mix and the core foundation was in place for Rochester Institute of Technology, as it has been named since 1944.
In 1968, RIT left downtown Rochester for a sprawling 1,300-acre new campus in the suburban town of Henrietta. The new landscape also led to RIT being chosen as the home campus for the federally sponsored National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Since the original campus opened, the university has added 50 more buildings, eight Ph.D. programs, and international locations in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.
Today, RIT is one of the world’s leading innovative institutions—a vibrant, connected community that is home to diverse, ambitious, creative students, and faculty from around the world. RIT attracts top-flight research-active faculty who are passionate about their teaching mission. Over the past decade, the university has invested significant capital to improve its education, research, and technology infrastructure. RIT moved into the “National Universities” category of U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2016 due to its growing research portfolio, and now ranks number 102. The university is also among the top 50 choices of high school counselors, according to U.S. News.
The 10th largest private university in the nation in terms of full-time undergraduate enrollment, RIT counts nearly 130,000 alumni around the world. Its endowment is currently valued at more than $950 million, and the university benefits from sound financial management. To view more of RIT’s rankings and recognition, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.
RIT is well known for its commitment to undergraduate students and, increasingly, for offering a broad range of innovative graduate programs that combine the theoretical with practical applications and align with demonstrated needs in the marketplace. RIT has steadily grown its doctoral programs; in 2016, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classified the university from “Masters - Comprehensive” to “Doctoral University - Moderate Research Activity.” In May 2019, RIT awarded 41 doctoral degrees in eight Ph.D. programs and currently enrolls more than 300 Ph.D. students.
Today, RIT offers more than 200 academic programs in nine colleges and two degree-granting units
Detailed Job Description
The Vice President of Government and Community Relations will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for all aspects of the university's government relations activities in alignment with the university's priorities. Success for the next vice president will, in part, be defined by an ability to marry government opportunities with university priorities. The vice president will personally and successfully engage with elected officials, members of their staff, and community leaders to identify and implement mutually beneficial public-university partnerships.
The next vice president will have the opportunity to shape Government and Community Relations (GCR) early in the tenure of an enthusiastic, strategic, and invested president. Reporting directly to President Munson, this individual will serve as a key member of his senior leadership team and will work in close partnership with this group to establish and advance university-wide objectives.
In addition to the position's formal duties, the vice president will be a contributing member to a cohesive and mutually supportive senior management team, exhibiting integrity, warmth, self-awareness, responsiveness, and humor.
Required Minimum Qualifications
This position requires strong leadership, unparalleled initiative, exceptional judgment, superb communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with many internal and external constituencies. The vice president will bring many of the following professional qualities and experiences:
Required Application Documents
How to Apply
For consideration please submit your confidential application via Career Zone: http://careers.rit.edu/staff (reference: 5335BR).
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Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov