Position #: (NUNC)…...…8496
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
TITLE: Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs
DIVISION: President’s Office
REPORTS TO: President
Plan, develop and administer the overall government relations activities of the University. Service as the liaison to the Rhode Island General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, and the Congressional Delegation. Service as liaison to the Office of Higher Education and Board of Governors for Higher Education for coordinating government relations activities, as well as coordinate, with the Office of Higher Education, the University’s efforts for bond issue campaigns. Serve as University leader and coordinator for the Grassroots Network, the state-wide volunteer legislative advocacy group.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as University liaison to the General Assembly, Office of the Governor and the Congressional Delegation.
Provide leadership, guidance, and management for the University’s efforts, in coordination with the Office of Higher Education, for increasing state funding and appropriate legislation for URI and higher education.
Develop strategies to address the legislative needs of the University and higher education, as directed by the President.
Advise and recommend action on needed or pending legislation to the executive staff of the University.
Serve as URI’s government relations liaison to the Office of Higher Education.
Serve as liaison to University administrators, faculty members, alumni and campus organizations involved in government relations on behalf of the University.
Serve as leader and coordinator of the Grassroots Network. Continue to strengthen efforts of this group which has become a major political force in Rhode Island on behalf of the University. Manage budget, publications and activities of this group.
Develop a working group from the Grassroots Network to serve as daily volunteer activists at the State House while the General Assembly is in session.
Develop / cultivate working relationships with the Congressional Delegation and their staffs in order to strengthen the University presence at the national level. Explore possibilities and help coordinate efforts, with the Vice Provost for Research and state and federal legislators, for matching federal and state funding for University programs and research.
Develop and implement communications strategies for government relations projects for the University, including bond referenda.
Manage special projects and assignments as designated by the President.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform other duties as assigned.
LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:
Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.
This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Master’s degree in communications, business or related field required. Five or more years of work experience in mass communications, public relations and government relations required. Higher Education administration experience preferred. The following are also required: ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to organize, coordinate and supervise support staff; ability to interpret institutional policies, plans, objective, rules and regulations, and communicate the interpretation to others; ability to prepare and present detailed studies and reports to include recommendations concerning the substance of the studies and reports; ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations before small, medium and large groups of people; strong interpersonal skills.
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.