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Executive Director, State Relations
Government and Community Relations
Working Title : Executive Director, State Relations
Department : Government and Community Relations
Reports To : Associate Vice Chancellor, Government & Community Relations
Supervises : Professional and Support Staff
Salary : Commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience
Payroll Classification: Government Relations Manager 1
Req Nbr : 37537

Position Summary
Make an immediate impact when you join UCLA as Executive Director, State Government Relations (SGR) and advance UCLA’s mission of excellence in education, research and service. You will lead a dynamic, collaborative and innovative team within UCLA’s Government and Community Relations department to develop strategic responses to critical state government legislative and regulatory activities that impact campus interests.

Primary Responsibilities
As Executive Director, State Relations, you will provide expertise to campus leadership to develop a comprehensive plan of action for campus priorities. You will align efforts to engage policymakers through compelling stories, briefings, campaigns, programs and special events. Champion UCLA’s ability to drive scholarship forward by connecting campus stakeholders and volunteers with state government officials to elevate matters of importance to UCLA. As a representative for the University, you will generate a strong and effective presence at meetings, hearings and other events. UCLA is dedicated to bringing greater equity to our workplace, and offers a competitive total rewards package and long-term opportunities for professional development. **Please note, this is a hybrid position.**

Qualifications
1. Minimum of ten years of demonstrated experience in state government relations and broader government relations with a strong understanding of political institutions and organizations at the state level.

2. Knowledge of and appreciation for the California state legislative and policymaking processes including the processes for action by each legislative body. Understanding of the California state executive branch and agencies, including regulatory processes.

3. Knowledge of or ability to readily comprehend campus resources and procedures required to facilitate responses to legislator requests, programming opportunities and administrative responsibilities.

4. Managerial and supervisory skills to motivate and guide staff to effective execution of work to accomplish organizational goals.

5. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

6. Ability to execute a successful state government relations program with a high degree of political sophistication.

7. Working knowledge of the subtle and intricate relationships among formal and informal leadership of state organizations.

8. Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with state elected officials and their staffs, and other persons of influence in the state to facilitate campus interaction with governmental agencies on a broad range of issues.

9. Ability to monitor and analyze state political, community and legislative issues impacting UCLA and advise the AVC and campus administration on appropriate strategies to achieve UCLA goals.

10. Ability to develop short- and long-range strategies to manage critical state issues.

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

12. Demonstrated superior analytical and organizational skills with the ability to analyze, evaluate and respond to concerns and requests for services from state elected officials.

13. Ability to recruit, train, motivate, direct and evaluate the activities of volunteer advocacy to target affiliates at the state level.

14. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and responsibilities of a major public research university and the California higher education system is preferred.

15. Advanced degree is preferred.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Position Summary
Make an immediate impact when you join UCLA as Executive Director, State Government Relations (SGR) and advance UCLA’s mission of excellence in education, research and service. You will lead a dynamic, collaborative and innovative team within UCLA’s Government and Community Relations department to develop strategic responses to critical state government legislative and regulatory activities that impact campus interests.

Primary Responsibilities
As Executive Director, State Relations, you will provide expertise to campus leadership to develop a comprehensive plan of action for campus priorities. You will align efforts to engage policymakers through compelling stories, briefings, campaigns, programs and special events. Champion UCLA’s ability to drive scholarship forward by connecting campus stakeholders and volunteers with state government officials to elevate matters of importance to UCLA. As a representative for the University, you will generate a strong and effective presence at meetings, hearings and other events. UCLA is dedicated to bringing greater equity to our workplace, and offers a competitive total rewards package and long-term opportunities for professional development. **Please note, this is a hybrid position.**

Qualifications
1. Minimum of ten years of demonstrated experience in state government relations and broader government relations with a strong understanding of political institutions and organizations at the state level.

2. Knowledge of and appreciation for the California state legislative and policymaking processes including the processes for action by each legislative body. Understanding of the California state executive branch and agencies, including regulatory processes.

3. Knowledge of or ability to readily comprehend campus resources and procedures required to facilitate responses to legislator requests, programming opportunities and administrative responsibilities.

4. Managerial and supervisory skills to motivate and guide staff to effective execution of work to accomplish organizational goals.

5. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

6. Ability to execute a successful state government relations program with a high degree of political sophistication.

7. Working knowledge of the subtle and intricate relationships among formal and informal leadership of state organizations.

8. Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with state elected officials and their staffs, and other persons of influence in the state to facilitate campus interaction with governmental agencies on a broad range of issues.

9. Ability to monitor and analyze state political, community and legislative issues impacting UCLA and advise the AVC and campus administration on appropriate strategies to achieve UCLA goals.

10. Ability to develop short- and long-range strategies to manage critical state issues.

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

12. Demonstrated superior analytical and organizational skills with the ability to analyze, evaluate and respond to concerns and requests for services from state elected officials.

13. Ability to recruit, train, motivate, direct and evaluate the activities of volunteer advocacy to target affiliates at the state level.

14. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and responsibilities of a major public research university and the California higher education system is preferred.

15. Advanced degree is preferred.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.