Executive Director, Government and Community Relations

University of California Merced
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director, Government and Community Relations

Job Closing Date
Applicant review will begin on or around March 1, 2021. Posting may close any time after that without notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants that pass the first interview stage will be asked to submit a "Statement of Contributions to Diversity" as a part of the interview evaluation process.

About UC Merced
University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

The University of California Merced, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of leadership, diversity, engagement and sustainability. Come be a part of history and join the first 20th Century research University. It is through our staff position opportunities that you can help build a legacy in Central California.

About the Department
Government and Community Relations staff serve as the university's lead advocates building and maintaining relationships with elected officials, government staff, community and business leaders to advance the university's vision, strategic goals and priorities. Analyzing and responding to a wide range of political and public policy issues, Government and Community Relations advises administrators, faculty, and the campus community on strategies to facilitate constructive dialogue advancing the university's mission of teaching, research, and public service.

About the Job
The Executive Director of Government and Community Relations guides, directs, manages unit(s) charged with identifying, building, nurturing and maintaining effective relationships with external constituencies, including government outreach. Serves as an advocate for the institution to its various local, state and / or federal constituencies.

Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals.

1) Guides, directs, and manages the unit charged with identifying, building, nurturing and maintaining effective relationships with external constituencies in Merced city and county and other state public officials. Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities.
2) Identifies, builds and promotes stable / productive relationships between the campus and and federal, state, and local governments, and other community or civic groups.
3) Designs, develops and implements effective strategies through a thorough and in-depth knowledge of key issues in higher education and proposed / pending legislation that may impact the campus and / or medical center, to ensure a favorable outcome for institutional concerns and issues.
4) May coordinate visits between campus administration and key federal, state, and local government officials.
5) Selects, trains, leads, directs, and motivates staff, taking corrective action as necessary.
6) Implements public policy activities, government and industry lobbying efforts, and identifies new opportunities to favorably advance the influence of the campus with the government.
7) Develops and manages departmental budget.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and a minimum of 5 years equivalent experience/training.
  • Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.
  • Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus and / or medical center scientific community.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external constituencies.
  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies.
  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Advanced knowledge of the legislative process, including organization procedures and the budget and appropriations processes.
  • Advanced skills to read, interpret, understand and respond to pending and proposed legislation, including skills to write effective position statements and draft proposed legislation.
  • Advanced skills to read, interpret, understand and respond to pending and proposed legislation, including skills to write effective position statements and draft proposed legislation.

    Background Check
    Background check and fingerprinting may be required.

    How to Apply:
    An online application is required for each position to apply.


    Equal Employment Opportunity:
    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

    Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
    The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.

    All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

    Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/