Associate Vice President for Government

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 2, 2022

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Associate Vice President for Government & Community Relations (Administrator III) / University Advancement
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 510976
Work type: Management (MPP)
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:
  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want

Department Summary

The Office of Government and Community Relations serves as the central resource for campus relationships with local, state and federal elected officials, as well as with community stakeholders and university alumni, and it is focused on building broad-based support to advance the mission of the California State University and California State University, San Bernardino.

Required Application Materials

All applicants must submit 1). Letter of interest or cover letter, 2). Current resume or curriculum vitae, 3). Three professional references who can provide assessments of your professional experience, accomplishments, and prospects for success in this position, and 4). Diversity Statement - may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 250 words).

Job Summary

The Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations provides leadership for the university's governmental and external community relations activities to build support for the institution's priorities. The Associate Vice President develops and implements strategies focused on maximizing state and federal funding, and serves as the primary liaison between the university and visiting dignitaries, educational partners, and business and community stakeholders.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the university's primary liaison with all levels of government (federal, state, and local),
  • building and stewarding relationships with elected officials and committee and agency staff.
  • Represents the university by articulating and advancing its priorities with members of the
  • California State Legislature and the U.S. Congress, as well as with federal and state agency staff.
  • In consultation with the CSU Office of Advocacy and State Relations and the CSU Office of
  • Federal Relations, develops and executes a comprehensive legislative advocacy strategy on state and federal issues and funding priorities.
  • Provides strategic government relations counsel to the president and campus leadership.
  • Monitors emerging policies and opportunities relevant to CSUSB's academic interests and other priorities within state and federal government, identifying, developing, and advocating for opportunities for the university.
  • Provides analyses and briefings to senior leadership on a wide range of issues, including introduced legislation, ballot measures, political races, and redistricting.
  • Leads the development and advocacy strategy for key campus- specific federal priorities.
  • Collaborates with national higher education associations around a wide range of issues relevant to the university and public higher education.
  • Collaborates with the region's educational partners (K-12, community colleges, four-year colleges/universities) to advocate collectively on legislative issues impacting all segments and Inland Empire students.
  • Staffs and prepares CSUSB alumni, volunteers, students, senior leadership, and others to serve as advocates for the university and CSU system.
  • Serves as the university's primary liaison with local government, including the cities of San Bernardino, Riverside and Palm Desert, as well as the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside, to ensure necessary and important communication and coordination on issues impacting the local region.
  • Develops and disseminates accurate, timely and credible information about CSUSB and its activities to local and regional elected officials and government agencies.

  • Serves as the university's primary point of contact and advisor to the president and senior leadership on a wide variety of civic and community engagement initiatives and programs that seek to improve the quality of life and educational attainment in the region.
  • Represents the university and president on key boards and in select organizations throughout the region, including Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Inland Action, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity, and the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society City Learning and Action Lab.
  • Provides recommendations and contributes to increasing the university's visibility in the Inland Empire, actively participating in developing strategy, content and message points that position the university as leader in transforming the region.
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and guidance for the university's sponsorship of and participation in community events and programs.

  • Provides overall leadership and management of staff for the Office of Government and Community Relations.
  • Leads the planning and execution of campus visits and special events involving CSU trustees and senior executives, elected officials, and other government and community representatives.
  • Provides guidance and support for campus units hosting dignitaries and elected officials.
  • Assists the Vice President for University Advancement in stewarding relationships with local Native American tribal leadership.

Employment Status: Full-time, At-Will, 'Exempt' position, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).

Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 29, 2022.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.

Key Qualifications
  • Superior analytical skills and the ability to frame complex issues and problems.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a government relations program.
  • Familiarity with higher education policy and funding processes both at the national and state levels.
  • Familiarity with the workings of the California State Legislature and U.S. Congress.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects well, as well as set priorities and delegate.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and strong team player.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying, cultivating, and engaging volunteer leadership.
  • Superior analytical skills and the ability to frame complex issues and problems.
  • Experience constructing and administering budgets and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • Knowledge of the major issues affecting public higher education in California.
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout the Inland Empire and to Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to deliver a clear and compelling message.
  • Strong personal integrity, good judgement, diplomacy, goal oriented, strong work ethic.
  • Ability to build relationships and interact positively with a culturally diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Ability to work early morning, evening, and weekend events and meetings.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in political science/government, public administration, communications, marketing, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in government relations and community relations.
  • California driver's license with proof of insurance.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's or advanced degree from an accredited university.
  • Established bi-partisan relationships in Sacramento and on Capitol Hill.
  • Familiarity with the Inland Empire Congressional and Legislative delegation members.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $11,250 - $12,500 per month

Classification Salary Range: $6,250 - $18,750 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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