As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here.The Director of External Relations leads state government, federal government, and military base relations efforts for UW Tacoma, reporting to both the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the Chancellor, and in coordination with other UW campuses and key constituents. The Director maintains and builds governmental, civic, business and military relationships to support institutional objectives.RESPONSIBILITIES:Federal and State RelationsLead state and federal government relations programs in collaboration with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Advancement and UW External Affairs, including maintaining relationships with lawmakers and staff and advising the institution on government relations strategies. Track legislation and related issues in collaboration with other UW campuses, including communicating with internal UW Tacoma constituents and being responsive to their government-related concerns. Manage relevant issues, coordinate initiatives and marshal programs to support and engage community advocates. Support key relationships with additional local jurisdictions - including the City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma and Pierce County - and with organizations such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Military/Veteran RelationsProvide leadership with military/veteran relations, which involves managing initiatives involving military installations, local, state and federal government and community organizations. Support the Chancellor's role as liaison to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the University of Washington, serving as a lead contact for military leadership.Represent UW Tacoma at the state-level at organizations such as the Washington State Military Transition Council, South Sound Military Community Partnership; Washington Department of Veteran Affairs and other related organizations.Provide oversight and supervision to the Associate Director of Veteran and Military Services, who is the staff contact for military bases. With this person, have oversight of events and activities for military and veterans. Community RelationsEngage in community outreach and activities that support governmental relations, as well as other Advancement objectives. This includes participating in Rotary, maintaining relationships with economic development organizations, providing campus tours, and attending important community events.ADDITIONAL DUTIESServe as the UW Tacoma public records contact, providing liaison to the UW Office of Public Records to ensure institutional compliance with public records requests.Represent UW Tacoma at University, community, and professional functions as appropriate.Provide advice and direction to deans, faculty and administrators in their efforts to identify governmental oriented grant processes in collaboration with Corporate and Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research and the office of Federal Relations in Washington D.C.Advise the Vice Chancellor for Advancement in the development of policies and procedures related to external relations.KEY COMPETENCIES:Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree in a related field and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in governmental relations or a related position, and five years serving in a leadership role in public relations and communications for an organization.ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:A thorough understanding of federal and state governance processes and military protocol, and demonstrated experience in governmental advocacy.Demonstrated experience serving as spokesperson for an organization and a track record of success.Superior writing and public speaking skills.Exceptional interpersonal skills.Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including staff, faculty and key community leaders and volunteers.Ability to work effectively with legislators and leaders of military bases. Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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