Director of Government Relations
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Requisition No: 20-00011
Supervisor: SVP of External Affairs
Last Updated: March 2020
Job Purpose: Responsible for effective government outreach
What we’re looking for
The Director of Government Relations should be an exceptionally articulate, and concise synthesizer, analyzer, story-teller, and explainer of complicated legislative and political landscapes, and community college system priorities. A successful Director of Government Relations will systematically cultivate long-term, collaborative, collegial, and strategic relationships with key stakeholder organizations and individuals, including government officials, Calbright College employees and learners, sister community college district representatives, labor unions, and others as may be required. This position is highly visible and requires a highly ethical, thoughtful, strategic, and prudent individual with a history of demonstrable accomplishment.
The Director of Government Relations for Calbright College crafts and executes strategies for effective government outreach and policy at the state and federal levels. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Government Relations plays a vital role in helping Calbright College achieve its mission to build lasting and equitable solutions that make California a leader in workforce planning, preparation, and placement by building strong support for the work of the college and decreasing or eliminating governmental or system barriers for the college to expand and succeed. The Director of Government Relations will build strong relationships with the Office of the Governor of California, key members of the California legislature and their staff, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and key system partners. Calbright College is guided by the values of integrity, partnership, possibility, equity, and dignity in all internal and external work.
Primary duties and responsibilities
- Develop and execute immediate- and long-term strategies to ensure that California state government officials understand and value Calbright College’s mission and impact in their respective communities.
- Secure bipartisan support to decrease or eliminate barriers to the growth, sustainability, and impact of Calbright College, and ensure continued access to state funding.
- Develop and execute immediate- and long-term strategies to ensure that California’s congressional delegation understands and values Calbright College’s impact in California.
- Liaise and ensure consistent, positive communications with key stakeholder entities, including the California Community Colleges Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Governor, appropriate state and federal legislative bodies and their staff, and related regulatory agencies.
- Monitor all legislative and regulatory activities with impact on Calbright College, and deploy strategies to keep the college executive team consistently informed of relevant developments.
- Lead efforts to advocate for the legislative agenda of the Board of Trustees for Calbright College.
- Advocate on budgetary matters in cooperation with the CEO, Chief of Staff/Director of Operations, SVP of External Affairs, and the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.
- Establish transparent tracking and reporting mechanisms to show progress against legislative objectives.
- Develop strategy for and manage government relations advocate services contracts.
- Develop fluency of California Community Colleges system priorities to support the CEO, Chief of Staff/Director of Operations, and SVP of External Affairs in reinforcing Calbright College’s position as a thought leader in the system.
- Support cross-functional efforts to assess the Calbright College’s impact, innovation, and influence on all those we serve and seek to serve, including underserved adult learners in California and employers, industry, and related labor unions.
- In collaboration with the Chief of Staff/Director of Operations and SVP of External Affairs, identify content and lessons learned for publication externally to exert thought leadership and influence policymakers.
- Contribute to team efforts by completing other assignments and serving on project teams, as assigned.
- The Director of Government Relations is responsible for recruiting, training, development, work assignments, and appraisal of their direct reports as defined in the Calbright College org chart. The role provides executive-level leadership of the functions listed in this position description and others as may be assigned by the President and CEO.
- The Director of Government Relations receives general direction as to organizational, departmental, and individual goals and the achievement of those goals. The role is evaluated based on the successful performance of essential job duties and responsibilities, and achievement of goals. The position is subject only to broad communications associated with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
To be successful in this position, you’ll need:
- Relevant Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) or equivalent required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Educational experience within a California Community College is ideal.
- Minimum of five (10) years related experience required.
- Contribution to team efforts by participating in assignments that may not be included in or part of this position description, and serving on program teams as assigned, and achieving related results as required;
- Knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices;
- Knowledge of project management best practices and principles;
- Mastery of political and legislative processes;
- Mastery of applicable laws, statutes, initiatives, policies, regulations, and other outcomes of legislative processes;
- Knowledge of basic business applications including G Suite, MS Office, Slack, video conferencing, Asana, and general use of personal and mobile computers, printers, telephones, telephone answering machines, Internet, and electronic mail;
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
- Skills in supervision and interpersonal relationships;
- Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment;
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents in English;
- Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints in written and spoken English;
- Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, or boards in English; and
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and present/explain in a concise manner.
- Previous experience in an academic, governmental, and/or nonprofit start-up with state and federal contracts a plus.
The office environment
You’ll be working in a well-lit, air conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation and/or in a remote setting. There might be some overnight travel by land or air (less than 20%). You’ll also need the:
- Ability to work on a computer for periods up to four (4) hours at a time
- Ability to speak on the phone for a total of up to three (5) hours per day
- Ability to sit for up to three (3) hours without breaks at meetings.
- Ability to operate a personal vehicle for District business and possess a current valid California driver’s license and insurance
- Ability to walk and stand for up to four (4) hours without breaks at program site visits and meetings.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Calbright College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Calbright College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Who We Are
We’re here to connect the disconnected.
Calbright College is California’s newest community college – the first statewide, online campus designed to bridge the gap between employers with unfilled positions and learners who don’t have either the time or money to attend a traditional school. Our mission is to increase economic mobility for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education by offering flexible, affordable skills-based programs that provide tangible economic value for both working adults and hiring managers.
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