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Associate Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations - Washington, D.C.

Washington University in St. Louis
Washington D.C.
Start date
Oct 5, 2023

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Washington University in St. Louis (Washington University), one of the nation’s premier private institutions of higher education, seeks nominations and applications for the career-defining role of Associate Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations (AVC, Federal Relations) based in Washington, D.C. This newly created position will establish a new D.C.-based office and lead the federal relations team at Washington University representing the university before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies on national legislative policy and regulatory issues.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations, the AVC, Federal Relations will develop and execute the university’s federal legislative agenda and promote interactions between federal officials and university leadership, as well as oversee the university’s representation before national associations and advocacy groups that address the priorities of higher education institutions.

The AVC, Federal Relations will work with senior leaders across the enterprise to understand key priorities and further the core missions of the university—education, research, and patient care— and to continue the legacy of excellence and societal impact that is a hallmark of Washington University.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops and executes the university’s federal relations agenda.
  • Serves as primary liaison with congressional staff, executive agency personnel, and other key stakeholders in the Washington, D.C. region.
  • Builds the University’s presence, reputation, and leadership role in Washington, D.C., including engagement with alumni, donors, and other key stakeholders in the region.
  • Monitors, researches, and drafts analyses of federal legislative issues relevant to the university.
  • Manages and oversees operations of the university’s Washington, D.C. office space, as well as supervision of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government Relations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the higher education environment, including an understanding of higher education policy and governance structures.
  • Familiarity with federal health care policy and funding programs related to academic medical centers.
  • Experience with policy issues and political dynamics of Missouri and the Missouri congressional delegation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated record of establishing effective working relationships with diverse populations and functions, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Skilled at effectively and quickly forming a position on an issue, while taking into account multiple perspectives and competing interests.
  • Demonstrated commitment to critical communications skills, including flexibility/adaptability, active listening, an ability to understand and incorporate other perspectives, navigating sensitive or challenging conversations, etc.
  • Problem-solving, analytical, and organizational skills, with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and oftentimes rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong values and integrity, with a commitment to collaboration and teamwork.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Excellent communication skills – interpersonal, written, and oral.
  • Demonstrated track record of building effective working relationships.
  • Experience managing a team in a high-impact and driven workplace, including effective leadership skills and management and organizational abilities.

Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree plus at least 8 years or more of relevant experience in the federal legislative/executive branch, in a university government relations office, or similar government experience.

Procedure for Application

Interested applicants may submit a resume and letter of interest via the WashU career site:

All inquiries are kept strictly confidential. Referrals, recommendations, and candidate nominations may be sent to:

About Washington University in St. Louis

Founded in 1853, Washington University is nationally and internationally renowned for teaching and learning, patient care, research, and service to society. The university invests in the highest quality of both undergraduate and graduate education and has established distinctive programs in the life sciences; a strong arts and sciences core; a rich collection of professional schools spanning architecture and the arts, business, engineering, law, and social work; innovative, interdisciplinary graduate programs; and a top-ranked, thriving academic medical enterprise. Today, the university has 7,858 undergraduate students, 8,433 graduate students, 4,151 faculty, and 19,646 employees and is ranked as a top employer in the region by Forbes magazine. As an independent, Research-1 institution, WashU belongs to a short list of elite universities characterized by a deep commitment to excellence in education and research.

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Washington University provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees including tuition assistance, generous PTO, health, dental, vision, housing assistance, and family leave. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the university’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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