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Director, State & Local Relations

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Director, State & Local Relations

The Director of State & Local Relations serves as liaison for the University with state, county and/or municipal government officials and agencies.

  • For full consideration please include a cover letter along with salary requirements.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Monitors and analyzes the impact of state, county, and/or local legislation ordinances 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.
  • Meets with government officials and staff regarding university issues.
  • Consults with supervisor in regard to new or unusual circumstances. Informs supervisor of on-going progress &/or potentially controversial matters.
  • Coordinates visits to Springfield and Chicago by NU administrators, faculty, consultants and staff.
  • Compiles all necessary lobbying reports and related compliance efforts.
  • Communicates legislative issues of concern to appropriate faculty and staff after having discussed repercussions and anticipated course of action with supervisor.
  • Works closely with the Director, Special Assistant to the President, Provost, Deans and V.P.'s to identify university priorities and associated consultant activities. Recommends actions to supervisor.
  • Maximize efforts in accordance with standard operating policy & procedures with coalition partners to advocate on behalf of higher education.
  • Develop background information for use with government offices.
  • Attend coalition meetings, retreats and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate education
  • At least five years of professional experience in government, academe, or other relevant experience
  • Strong organizational, time-management and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with the operations of one or more government agencies
  • Capacity to work independently and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Familiarity with electronic communications (email, text, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree
  • More than five years? experience in government at the federal, state or local level.
  • Experience in higher education administration

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Working knowledge of Social Media
  • Working knowledge of lobbying-reporting procedures

Working Conditions:

  • This position will require travel to Springfield, 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.

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.


Director, State & Local Relations