The University of Denver’s vision is to be a “great private university dedicated to the public good.” Founded in 1864, DU is one of Denver’s anchor institutions and is one of the city’s largest private employers, pumping over $1 billion annually into the local economy. To build upon this history of success, DU must skillfully communicate with all its stakeholders in the greater Denver region and understand how their needs evolve over time. In addition, DU is actively implementing its dynamic strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. Among the plan’s most significant goals is a deepening of DU’s relationship with the city of Denver and the broader region and state.
The associate vice chancellor for government and community relations (AVGCR) maintains and develops effective relationships with communities and stakeholders both within and outside the University, including government entities, community groups, other academic and research institutions, and nonprofits. The position supports the University of Denver’s mission by managing community and government relations and developing effective alliances with local community/civic leaders and organizations, as well as with elected and appointed officials at the local, state and, where appropriate, national levels to generate support for the university’s interests. The AVGCR provides strategic counsel and advice in these areas to the chancellor and other members of senior leadership. The AVGCR reports to the senior vice chancellor and chief of staff (whose portfolio is largely externally facing).
The AVGCR builds relationships with diverse constituent groups, creates authentic, deep, and lasting partnerships with community and neighborhood leaders, exhibits an awareness of and sensitivity to cultivating diverse and inclusive community-building, and coordinates responses to a wide range of political and policy issues. The AVGCR also advises administrators and faculty members on strategies to facilitate constructive dialogue with public-sector leaders.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to present clear analysis and strategic recommendations to the chancellor, senior vice chancellor and chief of staff, and other senior leadership
- Consulting with and advising the chancellor, senior vice chancellor and chief of staff, and other senior leadership regarding the strategic development of relationships and partnerships to best represent DU, developing effective strategies for working with specific external constituencies, and developing and implementing comprehensive outreach strategies
- Sufficient experience and expertise to operate effectively with advisory or governing boards
Government and Community Affairs
- In-depth experience with and knowledge of the legislative and government affairs process—particularly at the local and state and, to a limited extent, federal levels—as well as legislative deadlines, regulatory guidelines, budgetary procedures and deadlines
- Familiarity with biases and partisanship and relevant history of public policy issues and working directly with key legislators
- Familiarity with Denver, regional and state relationships and legislative history and politics is essential, including public policy problems relevant to DU
- Knowledge of federal and state statutes and programs that affect DU in areas such as planning, development, and environmental review
Communications and Administration
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor
- Willingness and ability to manage internal and external constituents in a professional, confidential, friendly, and responsive manner via phone, email, and in face-to-face meetings
- Strong government relations, executive and internal communications, issues management, and public affairs skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, coaching, and persuasive communication techniques and approaches
- Awareness of how physical planning, capital projects, and facilities development— including construction and contracting guidelines and practices in higher education or similar environments—affect the campus and adjacent communities (such as with the DU District)
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience
- 10+ years of relevant experience in broad-based advocacy to governments, community, and business on behalf of higher education, or equivalent experience in local, state and/or federal politics and public affairs
- Expertise in the areas of management, group processes, organizational structures and development, community organizing, team building, community leadership, public affairs (particularly public presentation—both written materials and public speaking), multi-party negotiations, and conflict resolution
- Advanced degree
- Keen knowledge of the Denver region and Colorado, particularly governmental relationships and issues
- Knowledge of state regulations and politics a plus
- Experience in higher education
- Advanced knowledge of ongoing issues of concern in higher education and research
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 15, 2019.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.