Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors Degree required. Advanced Graduate Degree or Juris Doctor strongly preferred. Minimum of five years of progressive experience working with legislative and regulatory groups, performing lobbying and involving coalitions; prior public affairs/relations experience in a healthcare related environment; strong organizational, analytical, and motivational skills; excellent written/oral communication skills required; and a demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and to respond to sensitive situations effectively and efficiently.
Job Standard / Operational Needs: The Director for Governmental Relations serves as the confidential advisor to the President and Senior Leadership of SUNY Upstate Medical University on matters related to public affairs and governmental relations. S/he assists in maintaining effective communications with NYS legislative, local government, and national and international public affairs interest organizations as these relate to higher education, health care and economic development; also, assists in maintaining effective public affairs and governmental relations in adherence to SUNY policy, State laws and regulations and developing strategic legislative and advocacy agenda.
About State University of New York Upstate Medical University
SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care. Upstate Medical University's educational mission is anchored by i...ts four colleges?Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies (biomedical sciences). Since 2006, student enrollment has grown by 30% as Upstate responds to the needs of the region. As a biomedical research enterprise, Upstate focuses on the most prevalent human diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, nervous system disorders, vision, and infectious diseases. The quest for treatments and cures is built upon expertise in structural, molecular and systems biology. Upstate also offers many clinical trials for patients. The Upstate University Health System serves 1.8 million people, often the most seriously ill and injured, and includes Upstate University Hospital; Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus; Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, and numerous satellite sites.