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Director, Governmental Affairs

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Director, Governmental Affairs   

Department: Governmental Affairs   

Position Summary:

**This position is located in Montgomery, AL.** 

Auburn University seeks applications for the position of Director of Governmental Affairs. The successful candidate will work in coordination with the Executive Director, plans, directs, and implements governmental affairs programs and efforts of Auburn University while providing support and expertise of legislative and policy issues of consequence to the University. Essential functions include, but are not limited to: identifies and researches issues and trends of importance to the university; creates reports and other communications on key issues; establishes and maintains relationships with individuals and entities both internal and external to the university to identify and explores opportunities for cooperative efforts that would benefit Auburn University; monitors and tracks legislative and budget processes; educates public officials on issues of importance to Auburn University; assists in the implementation and assessment of legislative strategies, policies, and proposed or enacted legislation; drafts legislation, amendments, correspondence, and position statements; oversees the daily operations of the Governmental Affairs office located in Montgomery, as well as the department webpage; and plans, implements, and attends special events and meetings, representing the executive director when necessary; provides information about Auburn University to internal and external audiences. Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes training, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.   

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum qualifications are a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Public Administration, Management, Political Science, or a relevant field; 5 years of experience in government relations, advocacy relations, legislative committees, or communications focused upon advancing organizational priorities through the influencing of legislative strategies. Must have successfully demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships to develop legislative and state government networks to broaden the impact of an agency or system; a thorough knowledge of public policy as well as detailed knowledge of the functions, process and procedures of the Alabama Legislature, Executive Branch, and state higher education; and a demonstrated ability to analyze state and national trends, issues and policy developments that could impact the University as well as proven success in developing and implementing strategic communications plans. Up to 2 years' experience can be substituted with additional education. 

Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment site and attach the following: cover letter, resume and professional references. 

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. 


Desired Qualifications:

Direct experience related to Alabama's legislature and state government is highly desirable. Experience with a public institution in the state of Alabama and knowledge of statewide issues and the structure of higher education in Alabama are also desirable.  


Requisition No.: 27177   

Close Date: 08-21-2017   

The "Close Date" indicates the date after which the hiring department will begin reviewing applications of qualified candidates. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. 

Refer to the above Requisition # and apply on-line at:


on any computer with Internet access. If you need any assistance, contact Auburn University's Department of Human Resources at (334) 844-4145 or your local state employment service distribution system office. Internet Access is also available through your public library.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer. 

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