Description Vanderbilt University seeks a team player to join the Office of Federal Relations in its Washington, DC office to assist in advancing the University's federal advocacy priorities with respect to federally-sponsored research, higher education policy and health policy and to coordinate the Office's communications efforts. Key Functions and Expected Performances: Assist in developing and implementing federal legislative strategies that advance the overall interests of Vanderbilt University and build the University's federal reputation and presence in Washington, consistent with the congressional climate. Identify, monitor, track and report on federal programmatic priorities within the budget and appropriations process as well as a variety of other federal higher education and science policy issues that affect Vanderbilt. Identify, attend and report on congressional hearings, briefings and other events of interest to Vanderbilt. Identify opportunities to increase Vanderbilt's profile among policymakers. Build and maintain strong professional relationships with federal policymakers and their staffs, primarily with the Tennessee congressional delegation. Coordinate and participate in Hill visits for visiting faculty and staff. Compile and edit electronic newsletters targeted at congressional staff and Vanderbilt officials. Help maintain the Office of Federal Relations' website and other communications tools. Spearhead the office's social media outreach and communications efforts. Actively participate in relevant task forces, coalitions and advocacy groups on behalf of the university. Help coordinate all events sponsored by the Office of Federal Relations. Ensure compliance with congressional ethics rules. Includes some administrative responsibilities. Applications must be received by June 30, 2017 to be considered Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences: This position requires at least 3 years of Capitol Hill experience or the equivalent, preferably in areas related to science and/or higher education policy. The successful candidate will have familiarity with research universities, particularly Vanderbilt. Ties to the Tennessee congressional delegation preferred but not required. The ability to interact effectively with key Members and staff in Congress, the Executive Branch, the higher education and research community in Washington, and senior administrators and faculty at Vanderbilt is critical. The successful candidate must be a motivated self-starter and enthusiastic team player, possessing strong communications skills, both oral and written. Candidate must possess the ability to multi-task, quickly grasp details of a wide variety of legislative issues, and connect daily legislative and policy developments to the University's overarching goals of academic and research excellence. The assistant director must also embrace and articulate the values and priorities of the University. This is a full-time position based in the University's Washington, D.C. office. Must be willing to travel to Vanderbilt's campus in Nashville, Tennessee, several times a year.
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, ...Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.