Associate Vice President for Immigration & International Issues

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Association of American Universities, an association of America’s leading research universities, seeks applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Immigration & International Issues (AVP). This position reports to the Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs.

The AVP serves as the association’s lead on immigration, international students and scholars, and other international issues. The AVP also plays a key role supporting AAU’s work in other areas, including science and security, export controls, science diplomacy, and related higher education and research policy and regulatory matters important to America’s leading research universities. The AVP serves as the staff spokesperson on, and will be the “go-to” source for, national and trade media on these sets of issues. The AVP will work with Congress, federal agencies, stakeholder groups, and the higher education community to advance the association’s work and will develop, negotiate, and execute advocacy strategies for current and anticipated legislative and executive branch proposals and policies.

The AVP will have a keen understanding of the legislative process and must have experience working closely with Congress and the executive branch. Candidates are also expected to have experience working with universities, higher education associations, business and industry organizations, and other organizations within coalitions. The AVP will navigate, develop, and maintain complex relationships across political lines with members of Congress; key congressional committees; congressional staff; relevant federal agency officials at the Department of State, Homeland Security, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other federal research and security agencies; and key reporters/journalists.

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Applicants will ideally have: (1) strong leadership, advocacy, negotiating, political, strategic planning, policy analysis, and communication skills; (2) experience with immigration issues affecting university students, scholars and higher education institutions; (3)expertise and/or experience with issues relating to science and security, export controls, international relations, research policy, and/or science diplomacy; (4) experience engaging with Congress and executive branch policymakers; (5) the ability to work effectively and collegially with representatives of AAU member and non-member colleges and universities, business representatives, and others in advocacy coalitions; and (6) the ability to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment involving many individuals with different backgrounds and interests.

Applicants should have at least 10 years of specifically related experience and a master's/professional degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Legal background and/or experience a plus, but not required. Applicants must have at least two of the following work experiences: government relations; congressional; executive branch; nonprofit member-based association/scientific society; and/or higher education or research sector organization.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. AAU offers robust health, dental, retirement savings, commuting, and other benefits. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.

To be assured of full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and where you found this listing by March 22, 2021 to:

  • Email: (Please reference AVP for Immigration & International Issues)
  • Roxanne Murray, Vice President for Administration
    Association of American Universities
    1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 550
    Washington, DC 20005

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