This position reports to the Director of Federal Relations within the Office of Government and Community Relations and is responsible for developing and executing strategies to advance Brownâ™s institutional mission and academic interests. The Assistant Director will work with elected officials and their staff and government agency staff, represent Brown in regional and national coalitions and associations to advance the policy interests of higher education, facilitate campus-based and D.C.-based events and visits, and develop strong relationships with the Rhode Island Congressional delegation and their staff and with alumni in Congress (elected officials and staff).Â The Assistant Director will develop strong relationships with Brown senior administrators and key faculty members to ensure they are consistently informed about important policy and political issues and coordinate Brownâ™s responses to these issues.
This position will focus on policy issues, communications, and project management such as coordinating visits to DC and campus.
Serve as primary staffer on higher education policy issues affecting major research universities, including: federal higher education and immigration legislation, regulations, and funding related to: student financial aid and affordability; accountability and accreditation; and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues; Title IX; technology transfer and patent issues.
Monitor and evaluate federal legislation, congressional committee hearings and proposed rules and regulations for impact on the University.
Establish close working relationships with senior administrators and faculty members throughout the University to understand their federal government related priorities; keep them informed on a proactive basis; and seek their advice and counsel in developing, with direction from the Director of Federal Relations, the Universityâ™s position and/or response.
Develop relationships with federal agency and department officials and staff.
Develop strong working relationships with colleagues at peer institutions and actively engage with associations, the RI congressional delegation and staff and key congressional committees.
Monitor and evaluate federal legislation, and rules and regulations for impact on the University.
File federal lobby reports for the University.
Invite Members of Congress and staff and representatives from federal agencies to events on campus.
Draft briefing memos, correspondence, monthly government relations newsletter and other communications.
Oversee requests for the University to endorse/sign-on letters endorsing or opposing policy proposals.
Support and Logistics
Work with faculty members, senior administrators, and the RI congressional delegation to develop opportunities for Brown to advance its profile and affect federal policy, including visits to Congress and federal agencies, testifying before Congress on important educational, research and policy issues, serving on commissions and task forces, etc.
Support faculty and senior administrative visits to Washington DC, congressional and staff visits to campus and alumni who work in the federal government visits to campus.
Work with Assistant Vice President on developing Project Medical Education and expanding these initiatives to other Schools at Brown.
Bachelorâ™s degree required.
5 to 7 years of experience working in government relations, a federal government agency, U.S. Congress, higher education or science association or similar field.
Experience and knowledge of the federal legislative process and structure strongly preferred.
Understanding of the legislative process and regulatory rulemaking procedures.
Ability to think critically and creatively about public policy.
Strictly observes the need for professionalism and confidentiality.
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work as part of a team and manage meetings effectively.
Excellent computer skills, attention to detail, and highly organized.
Superior communications skills required, including excellent writing and presentation skills with the ability to synthesize and communicate complex information to general audiences and comfortable with public speaking.
Strong interpersonal skills and sound political acumen.
Knowledge of higher education policy issues, as well as familiarity with federal research grants.
Ability to set priorities, analyze complex issues, and meet goals under pressure and during changing legislative landscape.
Familiarity with Brown University and relationships with RI congressional delegation and staff.
Extremely collaborative nature; able to work well in a team; self-directed and manage own portfolio of work, and complete work with limited supervision.
Advocacy, negotiating, strategic planning, and communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Regular travel to Washington DC and association meetings required.
Background check: criminal and education verification.
Assistant Director of Federal Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
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Internal Number: REQ171018
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