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Director, Federal Relations

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Executive Vice President

Division Name

Executive Vice President

Position Title

Director, Federal Relations

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

This position will be located in Washington, DC

The Office of Federal Relations, based in Washington, DC, cultivates strong relationships beneficial for Auburn among federal government officials. The Office serves as the chief liaison between Auburn and elected and appointed officials in the federal legislative and executive branches. It also provides a service and support to policy makers, congressional staff and agency officials by bringing Auburn expertise and capabilities to bear on federal priorities. Reporting to Auburn University’s Executive Vice President, the Director leads federal relations efforts, creating positive working relationships with federal officials, advocating for university public policy goals, and advancing university programs that intersect with the federal government.

Essential Functions

1. Manages the Auburn University federal relations office and budget in Washington, DC.
2. Works with senior university administrators and academic leadership in developing a federal relations strategy and legislative agenda that advances Auburn interests and priorities.
3. Builds and fosters relationships with key legislative and executive branch officials and staff with a specific emphasis on the Alabama congressional delegation.
4. Brings faculty, administrators, and students together with policymakers.
5. Communicates university priorities to legislative and executive branch officials.
6. Monitors relevant legislative and budget developments and reports them to senior administrators and key faculty members.
7. Responds to requests from congressional offices.
8. Actively participates in higher education forums, conferences and organizations, as appropriate.
9. Establishes a process for identifying federal grant opportunities that support Auburn research and sponsored programs and relaying those opportunities to appropriate university administrators and faculty.
10. Identifies opportunities for faculty to participate in congressional hearings, federal advisory panels, review boards and other related activities. Responsible for providing talking points and prepare research for AU senior leadership and/or faculty in preparation for meetings, interviews, and other activities.
11. Provide outreach to Auburn’s alumni working in Washington, D.C. in key policy positions.
12. Serves as a resource to federal policy makers and staff; facilitates the exchange of ideas and expertise between Auburn faculty and administrators and federal officials, as appropriate.
13. Translates scientific or otherwise complex research and academic scholarship for consumption by federal officials.
14. Leads federal relations efforts, creating positive working relationships with federal officials.
15. Reports to the Executive Vice President, Auburn University.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Mass Communications, Marketing, Business, Public Relations, or a related field.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Demonstrated success in working with the federal appropriations and policy making processes; demonstrated success in high-level communications and organizations.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Understanding of the federal legislative process.

Demonstrated ability of communication and collaboration skills with a record of accomplishment of successfully interfacing with executives and influencers that are internal and external.

Demonstrated success at managing large and diverse organizations.

Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans and policies and to orient people toward achieving desired results.

Demonstrated commitment to organizational effectiveness and excellence.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

A degree from Auburn University; postgraduate degree in such fields as Public Administration, Public Policy or Law; experience working in the federal legislative branch; experience working with members of the Alabama congressional delegation are desired.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$180,000 - $288,000

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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Closing Date

EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required.

Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and letter(s) of recommendation.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of Recommendation
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Mass Communications, Marketing, Business, Public Relations or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you possess working with the federal appropriations and policy making processes. Demonstrated success in high-level communications and organization?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * In which of your position(s) did you obtain this type experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your knowledge of the federal legislative process.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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    • Professional organization or journal
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    • Notified by an Auburn employee
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