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Associate Director for Government and Community Relations

The Catholic University of America
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 10, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Associate Director for Government and Community Relations

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Regular Full-Time

The Associate Director for Government and Community Relations supports advocacy and engagement of local, state, and federal officials for The Catholic University of America. As part of University Advancement's Institutional Partnerships team and reporting to the Associate VP, this position focuses on building and strengthening the University's relationships with government officials, key agencies, and community-based organizations, within a mostly local and regional focus. The Associate Director will work with external firms and a broad-based set of internal stakeholders all across the institution, to further position Catholic University as an agent of change and effective implementer of key projects and initiatives that can serve governmental and municipal interests.

• Develop and implement government relations strategies in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and University leadership. Coordinates the day-to-day work with the University's external lobbying firm, including scheduling, creating background materials for member / officials meetings, and arranging for participation of University leaders as needed.
• Serve as a key point of contact for government officials / office staffs locally and regionally. Coordinate and follow-through on requests for support, involvement or resources. Assist Advancement colleagues with cultivation of relationships with Catholic University alumni in elected office and other key officials at the state and District government levels.
• Represent the University in the community and region, including membership and trade organizations, and support for the University's work with its corresponding Advisory Neighborhood Commission, (ANC). Identify strategic opportunities for community partnership with a particular focus on DC, northern Virginia, and lower counties in Maryland, Montgomery, Prince Georges).
• Create and edit presentations, white papers, status reports / backgrounders, and other materials as needed in support of advocacy / policy work. This extends to preparing other members of the team or University leadership for their participation in advocacy and informational meetings.

• Monitor key proposed and recently passed legislation (local, state, federal), determine potential impact on the university, and advise University leadership as needed. Coordinate University correspondence for issues that relate to policy, lobbying, special requests, and projects.
• Work closely with the Office of Constituent Engagement and other departments, (Politics / Arts and Sciences), to engage alumni in building and growing the University's government relations work, through networking / engagement opportunities with alumni working on Capitol Hill or in public service, and eventually via creation of an advocacy network.
• Supports the Division of University Advancement in achieving its strategic and fundraising goals, as well as Campaign goals, through positive and productive interaction and collaboration with all departmental staff, University liaisons, and external constituents.

Bachelor's Degree with at least three (3) to five (5) years related experience in government and community affairs work. Prior experience working in government / sound understanding of the way government agencies (local / DC, state, federal) function is strongly preferred. Strong presentation, communication, and organizational skills. An ability to work with and support a wide-range of constituents, e.g. faculty, staff, leadership, government contacts and high-level officials, students, and alumni. Ability to analyze data, understand market trends, make connections, and develop and implement strategies of varying complexity. A high degree of creativity, energy, and initiative is essential. Must possess an understanding of the policy making process and political landscape locally, regionally and at the federal level. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment and demonstrated flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities is a must.

Experience with Raiser's Edge donor database software a plus. Strong working knowledge and skill with Google Suite of products, Google mail, docs, and drive. Sound skills with Microsoft Office, particularly with regard to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Possession of current and valid U.S. driver's license appropriate to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

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