Director of Government Relations

Portland Community College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 27, 2021

View more

Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Director of Government Relations

Requisition ID req852 Department College Advancement Campus SY-Sylvania Campus Employment Type Administrative-Full Time Best Consideration Date Apply Immediately; this job posting will be closed once sufficient qualified applications have been received. Position Summary

The Government Relations Director at Portland Community College has a direct influence on statewide policy that impacts the future educational and economic success of thousands of students each year. As the largest and most diverse post-secondary educational institution in the state, PCC plays a leadership role in the development of Oregon higher education policy, and the PCC Government Relations Director (Director) holds a commensurate leadership role within the Oregon community college system. The success of the Director’s efforts means the equitable success of our current and future students – PCC’s central mission!

The Director conceives, organizes, and leads the College’s comprehensive, grassroots campaign to advance its legislative priorities in the Oregon Legislature and, to a lesser extent, in federal and local governing bodies. This effort enlists the participation of students, faculty, and staff from across the College’s operations, as well as community members, private-sector partners, and volunteers. The Director also works in collaboration with Oregon’s other community colleges through PCC’s membership in the Oregon Community College Association.

The ideal candidate will bring a deep knowledge of the legislative process, a network of non-partisan political relationships, and the ability to use leadership, collaboration, lobbying, and grassroots organization skills to help move PCC and the state towards our goals. A clear awareness of Oregon’s nuanced political dynamics will be key for the Director’s success. Experience in a higher-education setting is valued.

Portland Community College spans portions of 5 counties for the benefit of over 68,000 students annually. PCC supports student success by delivering access to quality education while advancing economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. To fulfill its mission, the college focuses on these core themes: Access and Student Success; Economic Development and Sustainability; Quality Education; and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Director’s goal is to inform and persuade our decision makers to invest in higher education and promote equitable student success. We also work collaboratively on policy changes at all levels to ensure all students have a chance to succeed. We are building the higher education system of tomorrow and it needs to work for all.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively create goals, and lead and influence organizations toward achieving them – including influencing without specific authority [This is a key position to help lead the state towards our statewide advocacy goals.]
  • Strong collaboration and team skills, demonstrating the ability to maximize the strengths of a team or organization [In this position, able to maximize all of PCC’s best qualities, including organizing students to participate in the lobbying process.]
  • Ability to organize, inspire, and mentor students to advocate on behalf of the College
  • Demonstrated grassroots organizing skills that can help recruit, prepare, and deploy a diverse group of volunteers to help advance our goals
  • Ability to marshal support for and champion a cause, and to motivate a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Ability to develop non-partisan political relationships
  • Comprehensive understanding of the legislative process
  • Demonstrated ability to lobby effectively [In this position, on behalf of the College]

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field [Note - Relevant experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.]
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional experience in government relations
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evident dedication to helping students, whether they are interns, student government, or just curious people who come through our halls

Position Grade N Starting Salary Expectations Minimum $94,229 to range midpoint of $115,430. Placement will generally not exceed the mid-point, based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. Position Grade Salary Range $94229 to $136628 Annual Salary FTE 1 PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. After one year of management or confidential service, PCC also provides a 2% contribution to a 403(b) account for eligible management and confidential personnel. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age, as well as partial tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)
- 14.67 hours of vacation leave per month
- 1 day of sick leave per month
- 11 holidays
- 3 additional personal leave days per year

View a complete list of PCC benefits .

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent in-district and state travel is required. Working hours may vary and occasional evening and weekend work is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and material is needed to perform the job satisfactorily. Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert