Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs
The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit national membership association engaged in advancing graduate education, is seeking a highly competent, motivated, well-rounded Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs who will provide support to the Council in those policy and government affairs areas of highest importance to our members.
The position reports directly to the CGS President and will be expected to work in a team environment along with the other CGS Vice President’s and staff. The Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the development and implementation of CGS’s federal policy agenda; representing CGS in higher education and science/research based coalitions and events; serving as a member of the Presidential leadership team; providing reports to the CGS Board of Directors on advocacy and policy in relation to the adopted strategic plan; providing supervision and guidance to direct reports; serving as the point person for communicating about federal policy and advocacy with CGS members; analyzing relevant federal policy issues and determining optimal responses; working closely with the CGS President regarding strategies and execution of government relations duties.
Requirements include, but are not limited to: holding a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or a related field; excellent oral and written communications skills; a minimum of 8-10 years of experience in government relations with 2-3 years of Hill experience preferred; demonstrated interest in graduate education and higher education policy; experience and knowledge of the government relations and public policy domains; ability to effectively articulate policy and vision in communication with stakeholders and the media; strong writing skills and sound political judgement; ability to identify strategic priorities and develop associated policy recommendations; ability to exercise independent judgement, meet deadlines and carry out assigned duties; and be highly skilled in the use of the entire Microsoft office suite of products.
This is a full-time position with highly competitive compensation and the full array of excellent organizational fringe benefits. Compensation is open within reason and based on experience and relevant education in the Government Relations domain.
Interested parties should send a cover letter with a current resume or CV and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes and other application information must be submitted in digital format. An expanded position description is available upon request.
All Interested and Qualified Individuals are Highly Encouraged to Apply – EEO
Additional Salary Information: Based on relevant experience and education.
Internal Number: VP-PPGR2021
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.