Associate Vice President, State Affairs

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Vice President, State Affairs

Job no: 529476
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Development, Executive/Management/Director, Other, Public Policy and Planning

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $160,000 - $180,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA12-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins
June 1, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:
  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

    Please Note: We may contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements in the job posting to request additional information for the next stage of review.
    Department Summary
    University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon's (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend.

    The offices of Federal Affairs, State Affairs, and Community Relations together form the Government and Community Relations (GCR) work group. Government and Community Relations coordinates the University of Oregon's legislative advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, including community engagement and sponsorship programs. GCR's mission is to build and strengthen relationships with the university's constituencies and encourage investment in and support for the university, its programs, and its initiatives.

    University Advancement is committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.
    Position Summary
    The Associate Vice President (AVP), State Affairs, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the State Affairs office and all university matters relating to the Oregon Legislative Assembly, statewide elected officials, and state agencies. This position is also responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with Oregon public university counterparts, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), and other key boards and commissions.

    This position reviews state legislation, policy proposals, and ballot measures, assessing implications and opportunities for the university. Instilling confidence and strengthening relationships with candidates, elected officials and staff is essential for this position. This position supervises the Sr. Director, State Affairs, and leads the development, coordination and execution of the university's strategy and responses on state policy issues.

    To ensure an integrated approach and strategic positioning for the university's external relationships, the AVP will coordinate and implement the university's state-related strategies and agendas in collaboration with the president, provost, vice president for finance and administration, other members of executive staff, and key operating units. The AVP will cultivate a strong working relationship with University Communications, Federal Affairs, and Community Relations that maximizes communications and advocacy opportunities to advance the university's goals throughout the state.
    Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Ten years of experience in state legislative affairs, state government and/or legislative advocacy.
    Professional Competencies
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work across partisan and ideological lines to build consensus for university issues.
  • Experience working with elected and other public officials, and external advocates, including business and labor organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and motivate a wide variety of personnel at all levels across multiple units to develop and execute strategies to achieve operating goals.
  • Instinctive tact and diplomacy, and the ability to manage confidential or sensitive information responsibly.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, business and community leaders, and volunteers to build public and political support for the university's objectives.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively and work long hours and weekends.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree.
  • Professional experience in communications and public affairs.
  • Existing strong relationships with legislative and statewide elected officials.
  • Knowledge of policies and initiatives involving higher education.
  • Experience in the field of higher education.
  • Experience working within a large, complex organization.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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