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Executive Director of Community & Local Government Relations
Government and Community Relations - Assistant Vice Chancellor's Office
Working Title : Executive Director of Community & Local Government Relations
Department : Government and Community Relations - Assistant Vice Chancellor's Office
Reports To : Senior Executive Director, Government & Community Relations
Supervises : Professional and Support Staff
Salary : Up to $110,000
Payroll Classification: DIRECTOR (FUNCTIONAL AREA)
Req Nbr : 26279

Position Summary
As a unit within UCLA's Government & Community Relations department, the Community & Local Government Relations team works to raise UCLA's profile in the community and highlight the University's presence in neighborhoods across the greater Los Angeles area. The Community & Local Government Relations team is rooted in a mission to build bridges between UCLA, the greater LA community and the government entities with which they interact each day by providing ideas, information, counsel and assistance to strengthen support for UCLA, the University of California and public higher education by linking the campus to government and the community.

Primary Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Senior Executive Director (SED) for Government & Community Relations, the Executive Director of Community & Local Government Relations will serve as part of the SED's management team and provide leadership to the office on issues concerning UCLA's relationship with local government, small city government, neighborhood groups, homeowner associations, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, the Community College Board, and other local stakeholders in Westwood and the greater Los Angeles community. The Executive Director will be assigned primary responsibility for outreach, advocacy and issues management programs aimed at increasing support for UCLA among key constituencies in the local Los Angeles community. Targeted groups will include elected officials at all levels of city, municipal, and regional government, neighborhood and homeowner association leaders, community-based organizations, and appointed city, county, and regional commission members, managers of local government agencies, and neighborhood leaders. Particular attention will be given to the Office of the Mayor and the Mayor's staff and department heads, members of the Los Angeles City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In an increasingly complex regulatory and political context, community support by governmental entities, the Los Angeles community and with Westwood neighbors, is critical to the University's ability to achieve its mission and goals.

The Executive Director will participate in community meetings, serving on boards as UCLA's representative, and in many ways acting as a liaison between the campus and the community. The incumbent may, as appropriate, broker meetings between local elected officials and their staff, the campus and community groups, enlist the assistance of UCLA's volunteer community, and leverage other departmental resources to ensure that the needs of local leaders and neighborhood constituents are being addressed. Resolution of local issues often includes the involvement of Federal and State elected officials, requiring that the Executive Director coordinate activities with other departmental staff that have primary responsibility for maintaining relationships with these other offices.The Executive Director may be called upon by other campus units on matters that may impact the community or for assistance with projects in the community. This is particularly true of Capital Programs, for which a community relations component is incorporated into every project approval process, and every environmental impact report is reviewed routinely by the Executive Director.

Qualifications
1. Demonstrated experience in local government relations and broader government relations with strong ability to execute a successful Local Government Relations program.

2. Demonstrated understanding of the political process with ability to execute a successful campus and community relations program utilizing a high degree of political sophistication.

3. Demonstrated experience dealing with planning and land use issues and familiarity with the environmental impact process.

4. Working knowledge of the subtle and intricate relationships among formal and informal leadership of neighborhood and community organizations.

5. Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with local elected officials and their staffs, city and county department heads and their staffs, and other persons of influence in the community to facilitate campus interaction with governmental agencies on a broad range of issues.

6. Demonstrated superior analytical and organizational skills with ability to analyze, evaluate, and respond to requests for services and complaints from elected officials and community representatives.

7. Ability to direct the activities of grassroots volunteer advocacy to target local affiliates.

8. Ability to monitor and analyze local political, community, and legislative issues impacting UCLA and advise the AVC and other high-level campus executives on appropriate strategies to achieve UCLA goals.

9. Ability to develop short and long-range strategies to manage critical local, state, and federal issues.

10. Ability to formulate and implement appropriate strategies to impact public policy issues that affect UCLA.

11. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

12. Familiarity with the campus is preferred, but not required.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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Position Summary
As a unit within UCLA's Government & Community Relations department, the Community & Local Government Relations team works to raise UCLA's profile in the community and highlight the University's presence in neighborhoods across the greater Los Angeles area. The Community & Local Government Relations team is rooted in a mission to build bridges between UCLA, the greater LA community and the government entities with which they interact each day by providing ideas, information, counsel and assistance to strengthen support for UCLA, the University of California and public higher education by linking the campus to government and the community.

Primary Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Senior Executive Director (SED) for Government & Community Relations, the Executive Director of Community & Local Government Relations will serve as part of the SED's management team and provide leadership to the office on issues concerning UCLA's relationship with local government, small city government, neighborhood groups, homeowner associations, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, the Community College Board, and other local stakeholders in Westwood and the greater Los Angeles community. The Executive Director will be assigned primary responsibility for outreach, advocacy and issues management programs aimed at increasing support for UCLA among key constituencies in the local Los Angeles community. Targeted groups will include elected officials at all levels of city, municipal, and regional government, neighborhood and homeowner association leaders, community-based organizations, and appointed city, county, and regional commission members, managers of local government agencies, and neighborhood leaders. Particular attention will be given to the Office of the Mayor and the Mayor's staff and department heads, members of the Los Angeles City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In an increasingly complex regulatory and political context, community support by governmental entities, the Los Angeles community and with Westwood neighbors, is critical to the University's ability to achieve its mission and goals.

The Executive Director will participate in community meetings, serving on boards as UCLA's representative, and in many ways acting as a liaison between the campus and the community. The incumbent may, as appropriate, broker meetings between local elected officials and their staff, the campus and community groups, enlist the assistance of UCLA's volunteer community, and leverage other departmental resources to ensure that the needs of local leaders and neighborhood constituents are being addressed. Resolution of local issues often includes the involvement of Federal and State elected officials, requiring that the Executive Director coordinate activities with other departmental staff that have primary responsibility for maintaining relationships with these other offices.The Executive Director may be called upon by other campus units on matters that may impact the community or for assistance with projects in the community. This is particularly true of Capital Programs, for which a community relations component is incorporated into every project approval process, and every environmental impact report is reviewed routinely by the Executive Director.

Qualifications
1. Demonstrated experience in local government relations and broader government relations with strong ability to execute a successful Local Government Relations program.

2. Demonstrated understanding of the political process with ability to execute a successful campus and community relations program utilizing a high degree of political sophistication.

3. Demonstrated experience dealing with planning and land use issues and familiarity with the environmental impact process.

4. Working knowledge of the subtle and intricate relationships among formal and informal leadership of neighborhood and community organizations.

5. Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with local elected officials and their staffs, city and county department heads and their staffs, and other persons of influence in the community to facilitate campus interaction with governmental agencies on a broad range of issues.

6. Demonstrated superior analytical and organizational skills with ability to analyze, evaluate, and respond to requests for services and complaints from elected officials and community representatives.

7. Ability to direct the activities of grassroots volunteer advocacy to target local affiliates.

8. Ability to monitor and analyze local political, community, and legislative issues impacting UCLA and advise the AVC and other high-level campus executives on appropriate strategies to achieve UCLA goals.

9. Ability to develop short and long-range strategies to manage critical local, state, and federal issues.

10. Ability to formulate and implement appropriate strategies to impact public policy issues that affect UCLA.

11. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

12. Familiarity with the campus is preferred, but not required.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.