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Director of Federal Government Relations (Administrator II)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Compliance/Legal, Full Time

Position Summary

The Director of Federal Government Relations (DFGR) is a high-profile position, working across the entire campus on nearly every major issue area. They will track legislation at the federal level relevant to the University and serve as a key relationship builder with a wide array of entities and individuals. Working closely with their counterparts at the California State University (CSU) system and other CSU campuses, the DFGR will also help lead our advocacy efforts, advocating for the CSU priorities, and sharing the story of our impact at SDSU to bring the University into conversations at both the regional and national levels. The DFGR’s core functions include:

  • Building and sustaining SDSU’s federal government relations
  • Developing and managing relationships with all federal legislators/elected officials’ offices and their staff
  • Serving as the University’s representative
  • Tracking federal (and other, as relevant) legislative activities and providing updates and recommendations around relevant and potentially impactful legislative activities to the VPRI and team
  • Engaging with key legislators and elected officials and their staff or committee staff
  • Assuring timely and accurate responses to legislative inquiries
  • Coordinating advocacy efforts in partnership with SDSU’s Office of Alumni Affairs, StratComm, the SDSU Office of the President, and working closely with the CSU Office of Federal Relation
  • Representing the University externally on various boards, committees, and at other events; and working with highly sensitive and confidential information

Historically the University has more intensely focused on regional and state relations. As a relatively new position within the University, the DFGR will draft, shape, and guide our strategy in this broader but no less critical area. Operating with a high degree of autonomy, the DFGR will have an opportunity to conceptualize a federal government relations function from the ground up, with a focus on elevating SDSU’s profile.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.  Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in political science, history, public affairs, communications, business, or other closely related field
  • Ties to the California Congressional Delegation and a working familiarity with those offices
  • Minimum of five (5) plus years of experience working in government relations, communications, or other related experience
  • Successful track record of convening federal government stakeholders and facilitating effective strategies for program development and initiatives, particularly related to appropriations and higher education policy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior work experience in higher education settings
  • Existing knowledge/relationships with San Diego regional elected officials

License and Certifications

  • Valid driver’s license required and the ability to travel on occasional University business

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year.
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine.  Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.  

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 6, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by June 5, 2022. This position is open until filled.

All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at or 619-594-7901.

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