University of Virginia Associate Vice President for State Government Relations And Special Assistant to the President in Charlottesville, Virginia

Posting Summary:

The Associate Vice President will play an integral role in advancing the University's priorities and representing the University's position on issues with Virginia legislators and state government officials. This role will cultivate and foster bipartisan alliances to address state issues of importance to the University. This position serves as a liaison between the University and state officials and agencies. The Associate Vice President will advise the President, the Senior Vice President for Operations, and executive leadership of the University on state governmental issues and, in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President and Director of State Relations, will assist with the development of strategy and tactics to enhance state support for the institution. This position requires extensive presence in Richmond throughout the year, especially during the General Assembly Session. Periodic visits to legislators in their home districts and occasional attendance at meetings and events in Charlottesville is required.

Major Responsibilities: 1. Build and expand the University's relationships with state legislators, officials, and agencies in order to strengthen the University's ability to deliver educational, research, and healthcare programs in support of its mission. 2. Effectively represent and advocate the University's position on issues and legislation affecting higher education and heighten awareness of the University's contributions to the Commonwealth and the nation. 3. Keep the Senior Vice President, President, and other leaders apprised of activities, issues, and concerns from parties in state government. 4. Meet with legislators and testify before legislative committees as necessary to convey the University's position. 5. Disseminate relevant information and data to bolster support for various programs and initiatives of interest and benefit to the Commonwealth. 6. Monitor relevant legislative and state activities during the General Assembly session and throughout the year. 7. Partner with other Virginia public colleges and universities, as well as other related groups such as the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association, to advance higher education and health care priorities. 8. Provide high-level information and analysis to the University's leadership about state matters that are critical to the University's mission. 9. Meet and build relationships with designated University officials to share information about recent activities and emerging issues to assure that all efforts are coordinated.

The successful candidate will have a track record that includes:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required. Master's degree strongly preferred.

  • Considerable experience working with legislators, executive branch officials, state agencies, and their staffs.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the legislative and budget processes and key policy issues facing higher education in Virginia.

  • Ability to mobilize support for institutional legislative, operating, and capital priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships at all levels of an organization and within state government.

  • Working knowledge of higher education institution structure and functions.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to effectively deliver concise, compelling messages.

For more information, contact Susan Gaines at susangaines@virginia.edu. UVa is an EO/AA employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The position will remain open until filled and the search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

University Leadership Characteristics:

For Thomas Jefferson, learning was an integral part of life. The "academical village" was created around the assumption that learning is a lifelong and shared process, and that interaction between scholars and students enlivens the pursuit of knowledge.

University Human Resources strives to identify applicants who will contribute as high potential employees, leaders and managers. We employ individuals who foster and promote the University mission and purpose. Successful candidates exemplify uncommon integrity; they are honest, trusted, team-oriented and live the core values of the University. These candidates display great judgment, by practicing evidence-based decision-making. They are strategically focused by contributing to and achieving department goals and vision. They set high performance standards and hold themselves accountable by aggressively executing these standards. These employees also develop a deep passion for the University and the impact it has on students, faculty, alumni and community. Successful candidates identify their personal career goals and development opportunities, and as supervisors, help their staff do the same. They contribute to team success by leading talent, through their individual efforts and by leading and developing their teams.

EO/AA Statement:

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Rank: Lecturer

Required Applicant Documents: CV / ResumeCover LetterContact information for 3 References - name, email, phone

Department: Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations

Academic Year for Position? (e.g. 2015): 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Posting Date: 06-19-2017

Location: Richmond

Is this position eligible for an Alternate Work Schedule?: No

Employment Posting Category: University Staff

E-mail a Friend: jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=82117

Anticipated Hiring Range: Compensation dependent upon education and experience

Appointment Type: Professional

Posting Number: 0621161

Number of Months/Year: 12

Drug Testing Required?(Typically positions involved in patient contact, mass transportation or law enforcement are included): No

Position Type: University Executive Staff

Posting for UVA Employees Only: No Response

Area of Interest: No Response

Type of Application:(required to apply for this posting): Candidate Profile

Required ExperienceWhat is the minimum level of relevant experience required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one.: No Response

Preferred EducationWhat level of education is preferred to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one.: *Degree Preferred

Organization (Position Organization): 20050 OP-State Gov Relations-UVa

Preferred ExperienceWhat is the minimum level of relevant experience preferred to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one.: No Response

Number of Work Hours Per Week:(format: xx.xxxx): 40

Working Title: Associate Vice President for State Government Relations And Special Assistant to the President

Is this position eligible for Telecommuting?: No

Required EducationWhat is the minimum level of formal education required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one.: *Degree Required