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OSU Executive Director of Government Relations

Oregon State University

Job - Education

Close Date: 09/16/2019

Oregon State University’s Office of the President is seeking an executive director of government relations to serve as a passionate advocate for Oregon State University and higher education in Oregon. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the president.

Founded in 1868 as Oregon’s land grant institution and one of only two land, sea, space, and sun grant universities in the U.S., Oregon State University serves the state, the nation, and the world as a premier 21st-century research university. OSU is Oregon’s statewide university with its main campus in Corvallis; a branch campus in Bend (OSU-Cascades); a presence in Newport (Hatfield Marine Science Center), Portland (OSU Portland Center), and online (Ecampus); and educational programs, Extension, and engagement in all of Oregon’s counties.

The executive director plays a vital leadership role in supporting and preserving the university’s land grant mission; realizing its vision and its commitment to fostering a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence; and advancing its strategic plan by directing the university’s interactions at the local, state, and federal levels and building relationships among and between various constituencies to advocate for the university and advance its policy and funding priorities. This is a fast-paced, high-profile position with responsibilities including monitoring, managing, and engaging in federal and state legislation programs and proposals; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and overseeing the university’s interactions with members of Congress and executive branch agencies. The executive director builds networks to link and mobilize stakeholders and works with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders to coordinate their engagement in government relations activities. The executive director also provides direction to and works in support of student advocacy efforts and works with colleges and college leadership teams on key legislative issues. In partnership with other university leaders, the executive director participates in constituent relations, public affairs communications, and issues management on a range of organizational and public policy matters.

The executive director leads the Government Relations Office, which represents Oregon State University in the governmental process by building and maintaining relationships between the university and various civic, government, and political communities. Responsibilities include defining and leading the direction for the office, leading a high-performance team comfortable operating in a highly complex and dynamic environment, and building a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration.

To review the posting and apply, please visit Posting P03267UF. Closing date: 09/16/2019. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

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