Delaware State University
Description General Description of the Job The Director of Government and Community Relations implements the University\u2019s government and community relations program, including maintaining effective political advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal level and leveraging community partnerships and contacts. The position assists the University in establishing and implementing priorities for policies and programs that support the University\u2019s strategic goals, including increasing support for revenue growth, programs and projects. It reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief of Staff. Essential Functions The following are the functions essential to performing this job. 1. Develops and implements government relations strategies in collaboration with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the President and senior leadership team. 2.Provides research to the senior leadership team on the political environment in order to help develop legislative agendas; identifies key issues for discussion that allow for proactive leadership on internal or external affairs. 3.Studies, tracks and monitors key proposed and recently passed legislation to determine their impact on the University. 4.Assists in coordinating the University\u2019s responses to proposed legislation, rules and regulations. 5. Confers with legislators and officials as needed to communicate the positive or negative impact of proposed legislation per the interests of the University and its students. 6.Facilitates meetings between University officials and federal, state and local public officials to ensure effective communication and the advancement of the University\u2019s governmental partnerships. 7.Establishes and maintains key strategic relationships with the Congressional delegation and their aides. 8.Establishes and maintains positive relationships and communications between the University and public officials; maintains existing and develops new relationships. 9.Acts as a principal point of contact for state and federal legislators, their aides, and other public officials who have questions, requests or constituent concerns regarding the University; ensures responses are made and delivered in a timely, professional manner. 10.Oversees the Legislative Fellows program with the University of Delaware or similar Delaware General Assembly internship programs involving DSU. 11.Oversees DSU\u2019s Inspired Day of Service, DSU\u2019s Research Showcase in Washington, D.C., Congressional workshops on campus; assists with the Kent County Science Fair, the Convocation Center project, and other related events as assigned. 12.Assists business and community groups in connecting to University resources or knowledge. 13.Prepares written correspondence, reports, briefings, backgrounders and special documents as needed. 14.Develops collegial working relationships with state and local community organizations. 15.Represents the University at town\/gown and state functions and meetings. Other Functions Individuals in this job may be assigned one or more of the following tasks on a rotating or as-needed basis. 1.Assists with coordinating special events for public officials or community leaders; interacts with visiting dignitaries and officials. 2.Collaborates with the marketing team to produce necessary public relations materials to enhance job effectiveness. 3.Directs special projects as requested. 4.Performs other related duties as requested. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities The individual in this job must possess these skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. 1.Effective writing and research skills. 2.Ability to analyze and interpret data. 3.Effective communication skills and the ability to deal with complications as they arise. Must have excellent judgment. 4.Proven ability to take the initiative in planning and implementing appropriate action plans. 5.Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with diverse internal and external constituent groups and to secure governmental support for University programs and projects. 6.Thorough knowledge of the legislative process. 7.Ability to maintain confidentiality and has high ethical values. 8.Ability to analyze, understand and communicate complex legislative and policy issues. 9.Ability to perform complex tasks and balance multiple projects successfully. 10. Willingness to travel regularly. 11.Exhibits strong attention to detail. Qualification Standards 1.Education: Bachelor\u2019s degree required in public affairs, political science, communications, or a related field; master\u2019s preferred. 2.Successful experience: Demonstrated thorough knowledge of the political and legislative process. Minimum of five years of significant experience in dealing with legislative affairs required. 3.Other preferences: Strong familiarity with Delaware politics; experience leading a program or team from inception to successfully reaching goals; knowledge of or experience with the Legislative Fellows program; proven experience in working with state officials and business and community leaders; proven experience in tracking legislation. Performance Standards The criteria for evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following: 1.Demonstrate knowledge of the DSU Fundamentals 2.Successfully complete the essential functions and other related functions as outlined in the job description. Note: The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties as provided in policy and negotiated agreements. Delaware State University is an equal opportunity, Title IX Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age or disability.
Delaware State University
Website : http://www.desu.edu/
DSU has a long and proud history as one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), yet offers an education that blends those long-standing traditions with a growing community that values diversity. Founded in 1891, DSU embraces its heritage as one of the country’s first land-grant educational institutions, rooted in agriculture and education. Our current population includes a 67 percent African-American enrollment and an increasing number of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and international students. With a focus on cutting-edge research, technology and business, we are at the vanguard of the region’s higher education community. We offer 42 undergraduate degree options, 15 master’s degree programs and five doctoral degree programs.