Associate Director of Federal Relations
Office of Governmental Relations
The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa's Office of Governmental Relations seeks a highly-accomplished individual for the position of Associate Director of Federal Relations. The position is located in Washington, DC, and works collaboratively with the Director of Federal Relations, as well as independently, to advance the University of Iowa’s institutional strategic goals and provide a fixed presence with members of Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and national organizations. The Associate Director will be responsible for communicating institutional priorities, developing and maintaining positive working relationships with Capitol Hill and federal agencies, and raising the profile of the University of Iowa within the federal establishment.

This position has substantial responsibility to assist in executing timely and effective governmental relations strategies, communicating regularly with the Iowa Congressional delegation and federal agencies, and providing support for devising and implementing the University of Iowa’s institutional advocacy strategies for achieving the university’s goals in federal legislation, appropriations, and regulatory matters. In addition, daily communication to and from campus to the DC office will be vital to relay information, collect feedback, and/or revise strategies with the campus community on critical aspects of the university’s federal strategies.

Required Qualifications:
•    A Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Public Policy or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

•    Professional experience (typically 3-5 years) working with the federal government and/or legislative activities in a federal agency or Congress.

•    Demonstrated ability to work independently and possess highly developed organizational skills.

•    Extensive proficiency in the following competencies:

o    Communications: Knowledge of oral and written communications issues and ability to express oneself and communicate with others verbally and appropriately, and produce a variety of business documents that demonstrate command of language, clarity of thought, and orderliness of presentation.

o    Planning (Tactical/Strategic): Ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall advocacy and government relations strategy.

o    Public Relations: Knowledge of organizational practices and considerations for communicating in the public arena, from the University community to members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal agencies.

•    Expert/Leader proficiency in the following competency:

o    Legislative Analysis: Knowledge of analysis and application of legislation as it applies to higher education and the University of Iowa.

o    Relationship Management: Ability to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with colleagues within and external to the University, the public, regulatory/governmental agencies, etc., all of whom may be seen as "customers" or receivers of services provided by the University.

Desired Qualifications: 

•    Five years or more of progressively responsible experience within a federal agency, Congress, or relevant entity; particularly in federal research policy and/or advocacy.

•    Experience with research agency programs and mechanisms (e.g. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA), including federal policies and compliance, research agency structures, and priority establishment mechanisms.

•    Experience and demonstrated success working with faculty and academic environments.

•    Knowledge and thorough understanding of the structure and operations of major research universities, especially in relation to federal agencies and Congress.

•    Ability to effectively comprehend university priorities in order to develop effective advocacy strategies, and to successfully represent the university’s broad federal interests to Congress and within the broader higher education community.

To Apply: 

For details and to apply, visit, and enter requisition number 70969. Provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Salary is $60,000 to commensurate. Application deadline is May 5, 2017, and screening will begin immediately. Projected start date is August 1, 2017.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.