Vice President Governmental & External Affairs

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Work type: Staff
Location: Multiple Locations
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Vice President Governmental & External Affairs  
Location: Multiple Locations  

21000 - Presidents Office

Advertised Salary: $160,000 plus university issued vehicle. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Responsible for working with federal, state and local legislative bodies to improve annual state higher education funding for FSU. Responsible for the development, direction, and implementation of the operation of University policies, procedures, plans, and programs governing federal and state relations and all University external affairs related to public policy issue. This position will mainly perform their duties in Lansing, MI. Office space will be provided in both Big Rapids, Grand Rapids and Lansing.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.  
Required Work Experience: Recent three years successful bi-partisan work experience with state and/or federal government or in a university setting with similar job responsibilities as posted.  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Driving
  • Repetitive movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:    
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 1. Works with the President of the University in the administration and maintenance of state legislative and congressional relations.
2. Responsible for the coordination of activities with the legislature for the President and University, including public relations, legislative orientation, and state relations officers’ meetings with appropriate stake holders.
3. Identifies areas of the state budget able to provide funds to specific FSU programs.
4. Responsible for tracking various pieces of legislation that could have an impact on FSU.
5. Works as a liaison to introduce the President, Provost, President of KCAD, Vice Presidents, Deans, and other FSU personnel to various policymakers, and invites legislators and members of the administration to FSU campuses so that policymakers better understand the University’s mission and vision.
6. Meets with faculty, administrative staff, and students to learn about the newest initiatives and opportunities at the University and shares them with Lansing policymakers.
7. Assist students with connecting with internship opportunities in local, regional, state, and federal spaces.
8. Serve on the boards of organizations appropriate for the position.
9. Provide legislative liaison function for external relations, including contact with the Governor, Auditor General, Attorney General, department directors’ judicial system, executive and legislative staff, federal legislators, federal agencies, national associations, the President, and staff, as well as international governments and agencies.
10. Develop and implement an annual FSU Lansing Legislative Reception.
11. Responsible for coordinating and working with the Friends of Ferris group.
12. Work in coordination with Alumni and other groups.
13. Work in coordination with the President with our lobby agent. Will be the primary contact for this agent.
12. Assist in the development and implementation of the University’s strategy for appropriation requests, including general operating, capital outlay, and all other state and/or federal funds.
13. Assist in securing appropriate legislative and governmental approval and submit reports for all University capital outlay projects.
14. Participate and assist in coordination of University involvement in the community such as city, county, regional, Chamber of Commerce, and town/gown activities, as it relates to policy.

Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Ability to: communicate effectively, including public speaking; influence policy makers; interact effectively with a wide variety of people and groups; plan, organize and meet deadlines; and be creative and innovative in the development of ideas. Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor's degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
January 30, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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