Full-Time at Northern Arizona University, Government Affairs
posted on September 12, 2012
• This position is housed at the NAU Phoenix North Valley office and reports to the Vice President of Government Affairs and Business Partnerships.
• Only complete applications including an NAU application, a cover letter and a resume with 3-5 professional references will be considered.
• The Director, under the direction of the Vice President of Government Affairs and Business Partnerships, will assist with state and federal legislative activities. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: attending meetings, informing the Vice President of potential legislative proposals and working internally to assess the potential impact of these proposals on NAU, working with the Vice President to develop and implement strategies to advance the priorities of the institution, engaging in internal and external communications on legislative issues and lobbying.
• PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Evaluate state and federal initiatives and make recommendations on university positions.
• Assist in priority setting for university initiatives by providing advice and perspective during internal discussions and help advance final decisions made by university leadership.
• Develop and maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff.
• Work with individuals on campus, in congressional and state offices, and businesses to identify champions, partners and possible funding sources for university initiatives.
• Function as liaison and advocate between NAU and elected and appointed officials, their staffs and state and federal governmental bodies, including providing information and lobbying.
• Work with the Arizona Board of Regents and representatives from ASU and UA regarding system-wide issues related to Government Affairs.
• Aligns departmental goals with the university mission statement.
• Contributes as a strategic member of an administrative leadership team.
• Responsible for providing strategic reports and recommendations to NAU administration on the activity in assigned areas.
• Represents the department on university and community committees.
• Master's degree.
• Minimum of 5 years' experience in state and/or federal legislative processes.
• Ability to establish strong relationships with elected officials and business leaders.
• Prior state and/or federal legislative experience.
• Experience in higher education.
• Experience working with the Arizona business community.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
• Ability to develop effective partnerships.
• Demonstrated team player with ability to gain trust and confidence with colleagues and constituents.
• Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
• Strong organizational and motivational skills.
• Ability to work independently to accomplish goals identified by collaborative team.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.
• Documented success as an innovator and creative problem solver.
• Detail oriented.
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
$68,000 - $80,000 dependent on experience.
This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at www.nau.edu/hr .
Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found on the Internet at: https://azregents.asu.edu/rrc/Policy&/….
Employees offered a position on or after July 20, 2011, will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan) after 90 days of employment. If you accept an offer on or after July 20, 2011, and you choose the ASRS retirement option, you will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 27 weeks (6 months) after your start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days after start date. More information is available at: http://hr.nau.edu/node/10159.
Open until further notice.