UC San Diego
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FEDERAL RELATIONS
Salary Range: $63,400 - $103,100/year
UC San Diego’s Government and Community Relations (GCR) department supports the University’s mission to transform California and a diverse global society by: educating students; generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works; treating patients; and engaging in public service. GCR works as a strong, coherent, integrated, and efficient team that provides outstanding service to internal and external stakeholders. The department also implements comprehensive programs of relationship development, management, and engagement in support of strategic partnerships in order to safeguard and increase public resources in support of UC San Diego’s mission of education, research, healthcare, and service. GCR reports to the Associate Chancellor/Chief of Staff within the Chancellor’s Office VC Area.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Federal and Research Government Relations, the Assistant Director serves as a liaison between the campus, members of Congress, their staffs, executive branch agencies, and other federal organizations. Maintains open communication with key stakeholders in an effort to advocate for policies and federal funding to advance the university’s education, health care and research missions, and to expand awareness of UC San Diego locally and in Washington, D.C. Provides support and service both to the campus and to the University of California Office of the President.
The Assistant Director conceptualizes and implements informational programs, advocacy events, and issues briefings that reflect University priorities in order to inform and increase support among legislators, federal agency representatives and their staff. Develops and initiates cultivation strategies and conducts outreach activities to help inform policy and funding decisions at the federal level. Implements advocacy campaigns in support of UC San Diego and University of California initiatives through meetings, event coordination, and other activities when appropriate. Works with legislators who represent a Southern California district; serve on committees whose decisions are critical to higher education, research, health and innovation; represent constituents who work, learn and benefit from the University's presence; or count themselves among its alumni. Demonstrates the highest level of professionalism, attention to detail, prioritization, sound judgment; promotes a culture of equity, inclusion, diversity, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents.
Participates in long-range planning for the administrative and programmatic needs of the Executive Director. Makes recommendations for improvements to office policy and procedures.
This is a Hybrid position based in Washington D.C. Will be required to work non-standard hours and travel frequently to San Diego, and other locations as needed.
• Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of the legislative process and how these activities can / will impact the campus and/or medical center with strong skills in interpreting proposed legislation.
• Knowledge and understanding of the federal government, both the legislative and executive branches, including the processes for action by each branch and organization of Congress and federal agencies.
• Familiarity of political and policy issues at the federal levels of government in relation to national organizations in higher education, biomedical sciences, science, technology, engineering and/or math.
• Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
• Thorough knowledge of the campus and / or medical center, its mission, goals, objectives, programs, achievements, infrastructure and issues of concern. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and functions of a major teaching and research university and the California higher education system.
• Ability to communicate relevant campus updates via social media and evaluate effectiveness and impact.
• Experience and demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively and professionally. Experience and demonstrated ability to interact with senior administrators, high-level officials, and others, at all levels of an organization, such as university, government, community groups. Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
• Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community - https://ucsd.edu/about/principles.html.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html