Working Title: Senior Associate Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy
Classification Title: Administrator III
Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 11:55 p.m.
The Senior Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Advocacy reports to the President. The Senior Associate Vice President is responsible for fostering, maintaining relations, and strategic advocacy with elected officials and governmental agencies/ entities and their representatives at the local, state, and federal levels of government to promote the strategic interests of the University. The Senior Associate Vice President also assists the President with the building operations and external public affairs programming of Sacramento State Downtown and implementing the University’s Anchor University initiative. The Senior Associate Vice President oversees the Center for California Studies program and the Fellows.
The Senior Associate Vice President provides vision and leadership in the identification, prioritization, and strategic direction of the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, and Anchor University efforts. The position serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Division of the President’s Executive Leadership team.
FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)
CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,250.00 - $ 20,063.00
Anticipated Hiring Range: $13,167.00 - $15,000.00 per month.
The salary is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an attractive package, which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; 14 paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long-term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.
Recruitment Type: Regular
Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; variable schedule as needed.
The mission of the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy is to promote Sacramento State and cultivate public support for it and its students. The office serves as the official voice of the University in engaging with community and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The Advocacy team actively shares examples of academic excellence and student success, as well as university priorities in effort to secure resources and support.
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1. Bachelor's degree in public policy, government, or communications-related field.
2. Experience in working with media relations, including the writing and production of newsletters, and news releases, and familiarity with e-advocacy messaging systems.
3. A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the legislative and/or executive branches of government at the local, state, or federal level or similarly complex organization.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
4. Detailed knowledge and understanding of the organization and operation of the local, state, and federal government and the legislative process at the local, state, and federal levels.
5. Understanding of governmental protocols, California laws, and California rulemaking.
6. Understanding of public policy issues and interests, including financial and budgeting pressures and concerns, impacting public higher education in California and the nation.
7. Effective leadership and analytical skills.
8. Excellent strategic communication skills (written and verbal); demonstrated ability to testify before legislative and community groups.
9. Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and facilitation skills.
10. Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
11. Strong organizational skills; ability to work successfully on multiple projects.
12. Ability to work as part of a team and the capacity to perform effectively under deadline pressure.
13. Understanding of effective community engagement/anchor university strategies for an institution of higher education.
14. Understanding of the anchor mission of the University.
15. Demonstrated collaboration with local community organizations.
- Ability to occasionally work at and attend off-site meetings and events.
Conditions of Employment
- Ability to successfully pass a background check.
16. Advanced degree.
17. Experience with and/or strong knowledge of higher education advocacy efforts and programs.
18. Significant experience (10 years or more) of experience in the legislative or executive branch at the local, state, or federal level, demonstrating successful strategic advocacy and management experience.
19. Experience overseeing event planning and logistics.
20. Experience supporting or implementing community engagement/ anchor university best practices at an institution of higher education.
21. Experience writing legislation and moving legislation through the legislative process at the local, state or national level.
Documents Needed to Apply
List documents needed for this position: Resume, cover letter, diversity statement.
Instructions for diversity statement:
Describe your commitment to diversity and inclusion and your understanding of the role that Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging play in governmental relations and advocacy.
500 word or 1 page limit.
About Sac State
Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.
As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.
To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.
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Out of State Employment Policy
Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.
As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.
Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.
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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.
Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).
Note to Applicants:
Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.