Organizational Area: External Affairs - State Government Relations
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Position Summary: Uses advanced concepts and University objectives to resolve highly complex issues and pursue the University's legislative agenda. Plans, develops and implements government relations, legislative and advocacy strategies for internal constituents, third party advocates, and the University's partners to advance UC legislative objectives. Assignments are typically complex or large and include controversial, high profile and/or politically sensitive issues or content that are critical to the institution, requiring significant discretion and leadership.
Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President and Director of State Governmental Relations and the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, this position has primary responsibility within the UC Office of State Governmental Relations (Office of the President) for subject matter expertise, analysis, political strategy and lobbying in the areas of Business Operations, including: Real Estate, Capital Assets & Environmental Regulation; Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining; non-collective bargaining Employee Issues such as compensation, sexual harassment, and working conditions; Business and Finance issues such as contracts and grants and technology transfer; Economic Development and Innovation; Crime & Security; and Energy & Utilities. Additionally, the position is responsible for subject matter expertise, analysis, political strategy and lobbying in the areas of: Research (non-medical); Institutional Finance, Banking and Investment; Public Finance including legislative approval for general obligation and lease revenue bonds; and other issues, as assigned. Incumbent has direct accountability for outcomes and for protecting the University's interests in his/her areas of specialty. The position requires detailed knowledge of the functions, organizations, structure and procedures of UC and the executive and legislative branches of California government. The position also requires direct and constant interaction with key personnel within the University, including the Office of the President, the ten UC campuses and their research units, representatives of the Governor's office, and the California Legislature and staff.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
Job Close Date: 2/28/2019
Duty 1: Working in consultation with the Associate Vice President and Director and Associate Director of Legislative Affairs and with a very high level of independence and responsibility, the incumbent:
1) Serves as one of the University's key senior advocates and spokespersons in Sacramento. Develops and maintains working relationships with members of the California Legislature, legislative staff and committees, executive branch representatives, and business, labor and research professional organizations and associations on matters related to business operations, labor relations, and research. Presents and defends University positions to legislative and executive branches of state government and relevant associations. The incumbent monitors and provides complex analysis of legislation to determine its policy, legal, and fiscal implications for the University. Working with the Office of Legislative Analysis in the Division of External Relations & Communications, as well as personnel of other divisions within the Office of the President, campus governmental relations personnel, UC faculty and other campus representatives, facilitates the analysis of legislation; identifies issues and analyzes the intent and possible effects of legislation; assesses the public policy ramifications of UC positions on legislation; and proposes UC positions and supporting arguments. Serves as the primary individual for negotiating amendments and other agreements related to legislation. The incumbent fashions final legislative positions for the University and crafts them into position letters. Incumbent required to exercise independent judgment in drafting position letters, legislative language and testimony, arranges for and prepares witnesses at hearings, and represents the University at meetings and conferences. Works with advocates for other universities including research universities, higher education associations, and advocates for other private and public entities in order to build legislative coalitions.
2) Incumbent provides information that enhances the Legislature's and Executive Branches' understanding of the University's purposes and achievements, and awareness of emerging issues affecting the University. Works closely with University officers and to provide legislative and executive agencies information that they have requested or that will improve their understanding of the University, its purposes and achievements. Works closely with the Executive branch and agencies on the development of initiatives that affect the University.
3) Assists in the coordination of expertise within the University and arranges for UC experts to participate in a range of Sacramento-based meetings affecting the University. Provides assistance to UC visitors in Sacramento who seek meetings with the Legislature, state agencies, or association representatives. This is a highly visible position within the University and critical to the overall success of the University's external relations. Serves as one of the University's primary representatives to a number of statewide and professional organizations in areas of business, government administration, research, and higher education. Function:Legislative Director Percent: 100
Duty 2: 4) Consults, advises and reports to University officers, faculty and staff on issues that may be considered by the executive or legislative branches of government. Visits with faculty, students, staff and supporters of UC campuses to monitor and evaluate current and prospective state policy concerns, and to improve communication of those concerns to state officials. Works with the UC Federal Governmental Relations Office, maintains general awareness of key federal issues, especially those issues that bear upon state and UC policy.
5) Responsible for preparation of a wide variety of materials used in presentations by the Associate Vice President, Associate Director, Senior Vice President (External Relations & Communications), President, and chancellors as appropriate. At the direction of the Associate Director Legislative Affairs, works in coordination with the Legislative Directors for Health and Academic Affairs, and the Associate Directors for State Budget Relations, Institutional Relations & Advocacy, and Strategy, Planning & Operations, to develop materials in support of the Office of State Governmental Relations' broader legislative and budgetary programs, planning and operations functions, and advocacy program. Function:Legislative Director Percent: 0
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree.
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of public policy as well as detailed knowledge of the organization, functions, process and procedures of the California Legislature, Executive branch, and state higher education.
Demonstrated exceptional acumen and interpersonal skills to sustain or establish and maintain strong working relationships with key personnel within the University of California, and in the State Government, both in the Legislative and Executive Branch, who are in positions of influence on issues of importance to the University.
Demonstrated knowledge of the University of California, the Office of the President, the campuses and subject area programs.
Working knowledge of the procedures for decision-making with the University and key personnel within the UC system who can assist with timely analysis or information about state issues.
Demonstrated ability to analyze state and national trends, issues and policy developments that could impact the university as well as proven success in developing and implementing strategic communications plans.
Proven ability to be a clear, creative, and critical thinker in an environment characterized by ambiguity and crisis.
Excellent analytical skills as demonstrated by a sensitivity to and ability to identify those issues critical to the success of a desired outcome; the ability to quickly research and collect pertinent information from related reports and knowledgeable persons, to integrate essential information, and use that information to define and validate options and alternatives; and the ability to develop recommendations and justification for the most productive course of action. This requires insightful and creative skill in reasoning and logic as well as the exercise of solid judgment with only general management direction.
Excellent verbal and presentation skills to articulate ideas and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate with and work effectively in a team-oriented environment, seeking information from multiple sources and collaborating with multiple constituents to achieve an accurate and comprehensive perspective.
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and e-mail.
Superior written and interpersonal communication skills required. Required
Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of increasingly responsible experience in legislative affairs in large, complex academic or governmental organization, preferably in California. Preferred
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