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Assistant Director of Government Relations

Apply now Job no: 497026
Department: President
Location: Middletown, OH, Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Administration, Other
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Assistant Director of Government Relations
Job Summary:

The Division of ASPIRE (Advancing Strategy, Partnerships, Institutional Relations and Economy) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, seeks a problem-solving advocate to join its government relations team. Under the supervision of the Vice President of ASPIRE, the Assistant Director for Government Relations will represent the university by interfacing with students, faculty, staff, administrators, public officials and decision makers at all levels of government. The successful candidate for this position will have a passion for the legislative and public policy processes, coupled with an understanding of the political landscape at the local, state, and federal levels of government, the ability to explain complex information in an understandable summary fashion to various audiences, the ability to recruit, organize, and lead undergraduate students as advocates for the university, and the ability to work in a team focused environment. Ethical character and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality is a must.

Some travel required.



▪ Write and organize documentation for Miami’s ASPIRE Division
▪ Act as a liaison to various University departments and divisions
▪ Represent the university to state legislative and executive branch officials, state educational organizations and other state governmental entities demonstrating high ethical standards and maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
▪ Represent the university to Congress and other appropriate federal agencies
▪ Establish and maintain positive working relationships with public officials at all levels of government
▪ Communicates university priorities and policies to various constituencies
▪ Attend legislative sessions, hearings and related meetings
▪ Prepare reports, testimony, briefings, and advocacy materials, etc.
▪ Secure funding and passage of necessary legislation
▪ Serve as liaison with various legislative committees and state boards and commissions
▪ Receive and coordinate responses to constituent inquiries/issues
▪ Handle inquiries regarding the university and its operations from public officials and requests for information and assistance concerning government activities from university staff
▪ Monitor, researches and/or analyzes state legislative and regulatory issues which may affect the university and coordinates communication with appropriate university departments and officials
▪ Consult with university faculty, staff, students and administrators regarding state and federal initiatives;
▪ Collaborate with the Vice President of ASPIRE to structure a strategic list of priorities and goals for the Office of Institutional Relations that support the goals of the university
▪ Collect, update, and track advocacy data, e.g. appropriations, legislation, policy, grant proposals, and related outreach and advocacy counts by University division and office and by government level, branch, and advocacy topic for presentation on the ASPIRE website, at each Board of Trustees meeting, to select University senate and faculty assembly meetings, and through other communication channels ,
▪ Manage student workers
▪ Oversee an ASPIRE-oriented committee that is comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff with advocacy, government, and policy talent
▪ Stay current with higher education trends

Minimum Qualifications:

▪ Bachelor’s Degree or 4 years of experience
▪ Strong written and oral communication skills
▪ Excellent organizational, leadership, analytical, problem solving skills
▪ Ability to travel as necessary for legislative sessions, hearings and related meetings
▪ Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
▪ Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines 

Desired Qualifications:

▪ Experience working in the state or federal legislative and appropriation processes
▪ Experience in a higher education environment and experience researching policy issues
▪ Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in advocacy or a Master’s Degree in a field related to advocacy, government, or politics


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Resume, cover letter and three letters of reference


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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