Director of Federal Government Relations - Government Relations & Community Engagement (GRACE)

Washington D.C.
Apr 03, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Director of Federal Government Relations - Government Relations & Community Engagement (GRACE)

The Director of Federal Government Relations (Director) advances the interests of Georgetown University at the federal level. Specifically, the Director:

  • monitors, internally and externally communicates, and advocates University positions on federal proposals, regulations, or legislation that impact the University in areas such as the Higher Education Act, research funding, tax policy, Title VI, Title IX, and immigration
  • provides general policy analysis, research, and advice to University leaders regarding public policy issues affecting higher education generally and the University specifically
  • manages University relationships with both the Executive and Legislative branches including the White House, relevant federal agencies and offices, Members of Congress, and Congressional staff (especially University alumni in these positions) - including helping to bring and host federal leaders to campus
  • formulates and implements strategies (e.g. the annual Hill Reception) that raise the University's profile, mission, initiatives, and activities in key federal circles
  • serves as primary coordinator of University involvement with national higher education advocacy and  other organizations such as ACE, NAICU, AJCU, NACUBO, NASFA, and COFHE, et al
  • encourages and supports student involvement in federal issues
  • works with and leverages key University colleagues, centers, institutes, and offices to support federal relations work (e.g., IPPS, Financial Aid, Alumni Association, and GUSA)
  • leads work to secure ongoing federal government support of current University programs
  • monitors and develops new funding opportunities for federal government support of University programs
  • ensures compliance with federal lobbying rules and, with other key University staff, ensures compliance with all federal ethics rules

The Director maintains strong relationships with key federal officials and strategically positions University proposals and funding requests before appropriate government bodies. The Director of Federal Relations works closely with the Vice President for Government Relations & Community Engagement and the entire GRACE team to ensure that the University's federal and local government relations strategies are coordinated and mutually reinforcing.

Work Interactions

The Director of Federal Relations serves as the primary point person for the University on issues involving the federal government and, reporting to and through the Vice President of Government Relations and Community Engagement, serves as an advisor and counselor. The position is responsible for developing, strategizing and implementing all plans aimed at promoting positive federal relations. The position serves as the liaison between the University and administrative and legislative branches of the federal government and is responsible for ensuring that the university pursues federal support initiatives effectively and appropriately. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Government Relations & Community Engagement and supervises a staff of two federal relations staffers.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of relevant federal government and/or federal government relations experience
  • Proven record of successfully navigating complex issues involving the federal government, a thorough understanding of legislative processes, relationships with elected officials and their staffs, and agency heads and staffs
  • Experience working with higher education or non-profit institutions a plus
  • At least some management experience
  • Ability to think strategically and work as a member of an entrepreneurial team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing, presentation and speaking abilities
  • Ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships in the context of a complex organization
  • Ability to manage time and workload effectively, which includes planning, organizing, and prioritizing with attention to details
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and basic Excel; and beginner-intermediate level skill in web content, social media, and cloud-based applications
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekend events as needed

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