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(Archived) Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations

Last Updated: 9/30/22

Job Description

Job no: 518516
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office - Washington D.C., Chancellor's Office
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations. The CSU Chancellor's Office is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

This position is located in Washington, D.C.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator IV

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations to be the chief strategist and lead advocate representing the interests of the California State University system before the executive and legislative branches of federal government. Under the general direction of the Administrator-in-Charge, University Relations and Advancement, the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations works with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and senior leadership across the university to develop federal legislative priorities and seek federal appropriations. Federal Relations teams with legislative liaisons from the 23 CSU universities to advance the CSU’s collective priorities and promote the value of investment in higher education.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations serves as a thought leader and strategic partner with higher education associations and other higher education systems and universities.


The Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations will:

-Lead the Office of Federal Relations by fostering a culture of service and developing a team that is trusted, respected, and committed to continuous improvement. Manage the department budget and operational functions.

-Participate regularly in University Relations and Advancement Division Senior Staff meetings; periodically attend and report at Board of Trustees meetings, Chancellor’s Senior Leadership Council meetings, and Chancellor’s Executive Council meetings - bringing forward emerging federal issues, making recommendations, and identifying national interest in CSU priorities and achievements.

-Guide the process for formulating a systemwide federal agenda in consultation with Chancellor’s Office and campus leadership with the objective of an articulated list of priorities for proactive pursuit in Washington.

-Build a strategy for implementing the CSU federal agenda, through a range of activities that integrates with all areas of expertise and responsibility across the University Relations and Advancement Division.

-Plan and implement the annual systemwide advocacy event to discuss key federal funding priorities and educate lawmakers about the quality of CSU academic programs, the caliber of CSU student scholars, and the achievements of our stellar faculty.

-Develop CSU federal legislative recommendations, regulatory responses, and impact statements.

-Review and analyze current legislation and regulations that affect higher education.

-Build relationships with key leadership at the Department of Education and other federal agencies.

-Meet with appropriate Congressional and Executive branch elected leaders and staff to discuss CSU priorities, issues, and concerns.

-Responds to inquiries (both from within the CSU and from external sources) about the CSU and its positions of matters of federal import.

-Support campuses in seeking appropriations under special designations such as Hispanic Serving Institutions and Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and in pursuit of agency grants.

-Initiate and maintain contact with representations of other related interest groups and entities regarding issues relevant to CSU concerns.


This position requires:

-Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred.

-A very strong background in relevant public policy advocacy is required. Experience should include at least 5 years of working directly on California and/or federal public policy matters within the California or federal government systems (legislative and/or executive branches.)

-A demonstrated knowledge of legislative, budget and appropriations processes and analysis is required to assist with advancing the CSU’s federal agenda.

-Past success in managing individuals and teams effectively is required to provide leadership, mentoring and oversight for entire office.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills are an essential component of being an effective advocate for the CSU.

-The ability to deal with politically sensitive issues and maintain strict confidence is required.

-Knowledge of computer research programs and network information services is important for all OFR employees.

-The ability to initiate contact with and respond to relevant media, in coordination with the Chancellor’s Office, will assist the CSU in its branding efforts and in assuring accurate portrayal of the system in the press.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by September 20, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click the following link to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application: CLICK HERE

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at [Register to View] .

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Advertised: August 30, 2022 (12:40 PM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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