Director of Government Relations
Best Consideration Date
Apply Immediately; this job posting will be closed once
sufficient qualified applications have been received.
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
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:
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]
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
- 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
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional
experience in government relations
- Valid driver’s license required.
- Evident dedication to helping students, whether they are
interns, student government, or just curious people who come
through our halls
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
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.
(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
Background Check Required
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:
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.
- Veterans: DD214
- Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department