Associate Vice President, Government & Community
Government and Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
Detailed Job Description
Please note: This position is located in Rochester.
Frequent travel to Washington, D.C., Albany, NY and other locations
Working directly with the Vice President, the Associate Vice
President (AVP) for Government & Community Relations (GCR) is
responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to
cultivate and enhance RIT's relationships with government
officials. In collaboration with academic and administrative
leadership at RIT, the AVP for GCR engages federal and state
government officials and agencies to advocate for policy and
legislation, secure funding for university initiatives and develop
mutually beneficial partnerships. The AVP for Government &
Community Relations is a seasoned government relations professional
with extensive knowledge of government bodies, funding and
regulatory agencies and the federal and state budget process.
Primary responsibilities for Federal relations:
- Track and maintain fluency on relevant legislative and policy
issues that impact the university and its stakeholders including,
but not limited to, higher education, Title IX, student financial
aid, tax policies, student veterans and the current Double Pell
- Develops strategic policy recommendations, position statements
and communications as needed to gain agency support for RIT
- Develop relationships with key staff and experts inside and
outside of government, as well as elected officials and their
- Work with faculty to identify federal agency funding
opportunities and connect with Hill and Agency staff to highlight
areas of expertise and research strengths.
- Participate in membership organizations (NAICU, TSC, ACE, CUMU,
etc.) and ad-hoc advocacy coalitions and industry groups to advance
the university's interests and support the private, nonprofit
higher education sector as a whole.
- Works directly with the VP GCR to develop funding proposals for
congressionally directed funding/earmarks.
- Draft public testimony briefing papers, letters, and other
official correspondence to elected officials, government agencies,
rulemaking bodies, and boards.
Primary responsibilities for New York State:
- Monitors legislative issues that impact higher education in
general and RIT specifically and develop position statements and
execute appropriate strategies in support or opposition to proposed
- Work with NYS public officials and staff to advance RIT's
priorities and mission.
- Work with faculty to identify economic development and funding
opportunities and prepare proposals in response.
- Represent the VP and/or President at meetings statewide and be
able to clearly and concisely communicate RIT goals and areas of
- Advocates for funding support for RIT-specific initiatives
(e.g. CATs, COEs) and works with VP to develop and implement
funding advocacy strategies.
- Provides leadership for RIT's collaborative advocacy efforts
with the NYS Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
(CICU) to ensure continued state funding for student financial aid
programs (e.g. TAP, HEOP) and other sector-wide programs for
independent higher education institutions.
- Participates in CICU Government Advisory Team (GAT) meetings to
develop priorities and strategies for support of independent sector
programs in NYS.
- Work collaboratively with other area independent colleges to
coordinate regional advocacy strategies.
- Works with the Director of Community Relations and the Center
for Leadership and Civic Engagement, student government and other
on-campus student organizations to generate student advocacy,
including participation in CICU's annual student advocacy day in
- Works with other RIT divisions (e.g. Enrollment Management,
Advancement, Provost) as needed to develop collaborative advocacy
- Draft correspondence, position papers and other written
materials as needed in support of cultivation efforts and advocacy
- Work with the Director, Community Relations and the Assistant
to the VP/Marketing Coordinator to facilitate campus visits for
companies considering relocation to Rochester via the Greater
Rochester Enterprise (GRE.)
- Work with the Director, Community Relations to plan and
implement community relations strategies to enhance RIT's
visibility in the community.
- Works collaboratively with the office of University
Communications to ensure accurate communications between RIT and
area news outlets.
- Assist the VP on special projects as needed.
RIT's Division of Government and Community Relations serves as the
university's liaison with federal, state, and local government
entities as well as community groups and organizations. The staff
is responsible for coordinating RIT's participation in community
events and manage large scale special events that take place on the
RIT campus and in the community.
The division's mission is to implement a comprehensive program of
of government relations, community relations, and special events to
develop and maintain positive and effective relationships between
the Institute and all levels of government and the community at
large. These relationships result in funding and other types of
support and strengthen RIT's visibility and image in the
The Division of Government and Community Relations provides
strategic vision and operational leadership for all aspects of the
university’s government relations activities at the federal, state
and local level. The division manages several signature campus and
community events, including Imagine RIT and Brick City Homecoming
& Family Weekend, and is home to the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute at RIT.
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Master’s or other Advanced degree in related field (e.g. Law)
- 8 years minimum of directly related experience in government
relations and/or external affairs.
- Knowledge, understanding and proven ability to navigate local,
state and/or federal political landscape.
- Critical and strategic thinker with an ability to work in a
bipartisan manner and engage diverse stakeholders.
- Highly organized, excellent project management skills and a
proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet
- Ability to distill complex issues and make sound judgments and
recommendations on sensitive and sometimes confidential
- Institutional perspective and excellent understanding and
appreciation of RIT’s mission, strategic plan and goals.
- Frequent travel to Washington, D.C., Albany, NY and other
- Must be able to register as a New York State Lobbyist.
The individual hired for this
position will be required to have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle
check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear
RIT's Safe Driving Policy
(please refer to page 4)
- Experience in college or university setting
- Experience working for a public official at the State or
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