Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Council of Graduate Schools
January 30, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
POSITION SUMMARY CGS is the lead association in Washington, DC, that focuses on graduate education and research. The Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs plays a key role as a member of the Council’s leadership team. Reporting to the President, the position develops and implements a coherent, proactive and forward-thinking legislative strategy and messaging regarding federal policies and serves as the lead point of contact with Congressional offices and relevant agencies regarding policies that impact graduate education and students. In addition, the position helps the CGS membership improve their advocacy skills and build relationships on their campuses and with constituents and policy makers in support of graduate education.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES •Responsible for design and implementation of a strategy that supports CGS goal of influencing public policy related to graduate education •Identifies policy issues and develops policy positions and issue briefs •Advocates with federal agencies and Congress •Works closely with the CGS President regarding strategies and execution of public speaking, interviews, testimony and other federal relations opportunities to advance graduate education and policies •Serves as the point person for communications with CGS members on federal policy issues •Translates CGS Best Practices and survey results into advocacy materials and messages •Prepares and disseminates regular communications with CGS members on policy issues using established formats, including the regular government relations weekly updates •Writes articles on federal relations and public policy for GradEdge, and other CGS publications •Oversees the CGS public policy and advocacy webpage •Serves as a member of the leadership group •Creates advocacy materials for CGS membership to use in their advocacy efforts •Expands the network of deans with advocacy skills through webinars, conference calls, CGS Summer Workshop and Annual Meeting activities, and social media outreach •Supports the activities of the Advisory Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (ACAPP), and the Advocacy Ambassador Network to help increase their capacity to advocate for graduate education •Represents CGS at DC-based higher education and science/research-based association meetings and activities and works with them collaboratively to achieve sound federal policies that affect higher education •Maintains relationships with DC and campus-based government relations representatives •Provide reports to the CGS Board of Directors regarding CGS advocacy and public policy activities as related to the strategic plan
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS •Master’s degree in relevant field required. •Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in government relations; 3-5 years of Hill experience and experience in higher education a plus. •Demonstrated ability to effectively articulate policy and vision through advocacy, communication with stakeholders, and media relations. •Ability to identify strategic priorities and develop policy positions, particularly regarding student financial assistance, science and federal tax policy and immigration issues. •Strong writing skills and sound political judgment. •Ability to exercise independent judgment, meet deadlines and carry out assigned duties. •Strong management and organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks in a professional and detail-oriented manner. •Ability to work collaboratively. •Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated understanding of sound management practices. •Ability to develop programs that provide opportunities for CGS member deans to improve their advocacy skills.
CGS is looking to fill this position by the end of April 2018. CGS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. The Council of Graduate Schools offers a competitive compensation package and excellent fringe benefits to the successful applicant.
Inquiries regarding this opening or applications for the position may be addressed to Dr. Beth Buehlmann at email@example.com.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Compensation and excellent fringe benefits package
About Council of Graduate Schools
For more than five decades, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research.
CGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy in the policy arena, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices. CGS also acts as a convening authority, organizing major events that bring together graduate deans and other stakeholders to discuss and take action on a broad range of issues affecting graduate education today.