Associate Vice President, State Affairs
Officer of Administration
Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Development,
Executive/Management/Director, Other, Public Policy and
Appointment Type and Duration:
$160,000 - $180,000 per year
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
- A resume of your educational and professional work
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.
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
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.
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
- Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of skills and
- Ten years of experience in state legislative affairs, state
government and/or legislative advocacy.
- 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
- 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
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively and work long
hours and weekends.
- Advanced degree.
- Professional experience in communications and public
- Existing strong relationships with legislative and statewide
- Knowledge of policies and initiatives involving higher
- 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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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
email@example.com 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
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/529476/associate-vice-president-state-affairs