Director, Federal Research Relations (Government Relations Specialist)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Location: Bloomington, Indiana,
Internal Number: 302236
OFC OF VP RESEARCH (UA-VPRO-IUBLA)
The Vice President for Research Office at Indiana University is responsible for research development, research compliance, and research administration. Working with university-wide offices, campus leaders, and deans, the Vice President for Research Office works to increase and diversify research and creative activities at IU, attract external funding for these activities, and develop public-private partnerships, technology transfer, graduate education, and intercampus research opportunities.
Facilitates relationships between IU and IU researchers and federal agencies that support research
Identifies opportunities for federal research funding
Participates in peer review and advisory committees, as well as awards and other recognition for IU researchers
Educates IU researchers on funding and other opportunities in federal agencies
Coordinates opportunities for agency personnel to visit IU campuses and meet with IU researchers and leadership
Advances IU's research reputation among federal agencies
Fosters relationships with other universities, associations, and professional groups to achieve the above.
Works closely with the Associate Vice President for Federal Relations who leads the development and implementation of the university's annual legislative agenda, to coordinate the following activities:
on the Hill or involving legislative personnel to ensure clarity and continuity of messaging to members and their respective staff
involving the use of the Washington office or office personnel
involving the identification of IU federal relations priorities associated with the university's research enterprise.
Develops and maintains policies and procedures to ensure awareness of government legislation and/or regulatory issues that impact the organization.
Researches, reviews, and analyzes local, state, and federal potential legislation and/or regulatory issues that impact the university.
Regularly provides information to and consults with faculty, staff, media, organizations, and/or other stakeholders regarding university affairs and local, state, and federal legislation, and escalates issues to manager as needed.
Fosters established relationships with local, state and federal legislators and key government staff members. Exchanges ideas and information on potential legislation that may impact the university.
Schedules and attends meetings, consultations, and various outreach events; may also perform administrative duties, such as maintaining policy databases and managing contact lists.
Takes on complex policy issues and special projects as needed to address urgent issues with key stakeholders.
May provide guidance to other Government Relations Specialists.
Bachelor's degree in political science, public affairs, or related field
Master's or Doctoral degree
5 years in relevant field
5 years of experience in government relations and/or federal research enterprise
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered
Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
Highly thorough and dependable
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
Considerable knowledge of the mission, organization and operation of federal research universities and the federal administrative regulatory process
Knowledge of the workings of key federal research agencies
Ability to organize, direct, and coordinate multiple activities
Demonstrates interpersonal skills to establish strong trust to enhance credibility of university units
Strong writing skills and the ability to create complete and concise correspondence using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling
Task coordination and good problem-solving skills
Strong organizational skills
Willingness to work in a team environment
A motivated self-starter
Ability to effectively communicate with people across diverse professional and cultural settings
Ability to travel back and forth between Washington D.C. and Indiana
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
The person in this role must be able to travel back and forth between Washington D.C. and Indiana
Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.
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About Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.
IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.