Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSEThe State Relations Director reports to the Vice President, Governmental & Community Affairs and serves as liaison to the legislative and executive branches of state government. Responsible for building relationships to maximize funding opportunities and minimize the impact of adverse legislation and regulation on the University. Establish and/or enhance the University's reputation with individuals and organizations of influence at the state level.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSCultivate and maintain relationships, networks and contacts with state officials, their staff and related organizations and associations. Represent the interests of the University, communicate its program proposals and policy positions and address its problems or concerns with the appropriate officials. Prepare informational materials to be given to the appropriate executive and legislative departments and committees.Serve as the legislative liaison to various WSU stakeholders to ensure that the objectives of the Division of Government and Community Affairs are achieved. Engage external organizations with similar interests (e.g. Michigan Association of State Universities) to collectively advocate the interests of higher education and the university. Serve on University-wide boards, task forces and committees to inform decision-making and disseminate pertinent information. Monitor compliance with University policy and possible contractual agreements.Coordinate and participate in political outreach activities, including the hosting of events and coordinating the visits of government officials to the University's main campus and regional centers to represent the university and advance its interests.Perform research and analysis to assist the Vice President with the development of strategies to communicate the University's position. Monitor pending legislation and regulations that impact the University. Follow bills through committee and meet with appropriate legislators to share the University's position(s). Disseminate information pertaining to state legislation to appropriate University personnel. Provide assistance to Deans and University research personnel in identifying and securing state grants and contracts. Oversee and coordinate the work flow of the contracted lobbying staff in Lansing.Attend conferences, workshops and informational development seminars and professional groups and organizations to keep abreast of current trends and practices in state government affairs. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: EDUCATIONBachelor's degree in political science, public policy, public administration or related field.EXPERIENCEExperience (5+ years) in legislative and governmental affairs, public policy, public relations or closely related field. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESMust be able to register as a lobbyist with the state. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate effectively with others. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Knowledge of issues facing higher education and familiarity with typical university policies and procedures.
Internal Number: 76_207127
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.