Department: Government Relations Salary/Grade: EXS/8
The Associate Director, Government Relations works under the Director, Federal Relations to provide logistical support and liaising for the University concerning relationships with the U.S. Congress and executive agencies. This role monitors and analyzes legislation and regulations, coordinates routine visits to government branches, and with supervisor input, communicates current governmental topics of interest with appropriate University partners.
This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will require travel to Evanston, Chicago and other locations as needed.
Hours of work will include, on occasion, evenings and weekends. Because of remote location, this position will require independence and will have limited direct supervision.
*Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements for full consideration.
Monitors and analyzes the impact of standard and routine federal legislation and regulations. Recommends course of action and proceeds upon supervisor approval.
Identifies and interprets trends in politics and public policy based on objectives set by supervisor.
Coordinates on-going routine visits to Washington, D.C. with NU administrators, faculty and staff.
Compiles quarterly lobbying reports, including assisting with University membership reporting.
Maximize efforts in accordance with standard operating policy & procedures with coalition partners to advocate on behalf of higher education.
Develop background information and materials for use in Washington, D.C.
Create and post messaging content on official Government Relations social media channels, with supervisor’s input.
Other duties as assigned.
Approximately one to three years of professional experience in government, academe, or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong organizational, time-management and interpersonal communication skills.
Familiarity with the operations of the U.S. Congress and one or more federal government research agencies.
Capacity to work independently and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Experience with advocacy strategies, including developing and maintaining professional relationships.
Familiarity with electronic communications (email, text, social media, etc.).
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Knowledge of scientific and technological trends.
Experience in academic research, research administration or research advocacy.
Knowledge of Northwestern University’s institutional priorities and federal interests.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Familiarity with lobby reporting requirements.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35722
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.