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Asst. Director, Govt. Affairs

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Title Asst. Director, Govt. Affairs
Location Valhalla, NY
Department NYMC - Government Affairs
Position Number 2D0952
Job Description

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Government Affairs (VPGA) at New York Medical College (NYMC), the Assistant Director of Government Affairs serves as NYMC’s government relations representative to government officials (local, regional, state, and federal elected officials and agency heads), and external groups (regulators, lobbyists, business and community organizations and leaders). In consultation with NYMC administrators and executives, this position assists in managing and implementing a comprehensive, proactive program that advances NYMC’s mission and goals through collaborative and beneficial external relationships at all levels of government, businesses, and communities.

Job Duties

1.Assists in the management and implementation of NYMC’s strategy and program for developing and strengthening relationships with government officials and external groups and increasing their understanding of and support for NYMC

2.Reaches out to NYMC faculty and staff to identify new and update existing government affairs issues, and follows up with the VPGA to add to and prioritize in NYMC’s government affairs agenda

3.Monitors legislation and policy activities, updates and advises NYMC leadership and staff about relevant policy proposals and actions, and works with NYMC staff to analyze potential impacts on NYMC. Communicates with the NYMC community to inform them of relevant government and external issues

4.Attends NYMC, government and external functions as needed to meet and interact with individual officials, leaders and staff.

5.Represents NYMC and occasionally Touro at events and meetings with government officials and external groups

6.Communicates and advocates NYMC’s priorities to government officials and external groups

7.Develops a wide range of materials in support of NYMC’s government affairs agenda including talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters. Performs additional writing assignments as necessary

8.Composes, finalizes, and tracks correspondence to government officials and external groups for the VPGA and other NYMC officials

9.Assists the VPGA in obtaining extramural funding and ensuring that external award agreements are successfully executed and monitored

10.Manages the budget for NYMC government affairs activities

11.Works closely with NYMC’s Office of Public Relations to plan and implement events and other activities to support NYMC’s government affairs goals, such as news conferences, campus visits, ribbon cutting ceremonies and meetings

12.Manages the contact database for NYMC government affairs and coordinates closely with the VPGA’s scheduler to arrange visits by the VPGA and other NYMC officials to travel to and meet with government and external officials

13.Uses measureable performance metrics in a data base to track and monitor progress in achieving outcomes

14.Demonstrates exceptional tact and diplomacy at all times in accomplishing objectives

15.Thoroughly understands and maintains strict adherence to standards of ethics and compliance while working on policy issues, including controversial issues, with elected officials, advocates, and advocacy groups. Reports any perceptions of any conflicts promptly to the VPGA and NYMC Compliance Officer

Required Qualifications

(A) Education requirement: Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, communications or related field required.
Master’s degree in a relevant field strongly preferred.

(B) Licenses or certifications: Valid driver’s license required

© Technical/computer skills:Ability to use computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities

(D) Prior experience: Five years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in government or external affairs, government agency, business or not-for-profit administration required. Experience with a higher education setting preferred.

(E) Other skills/requirements

Knowledge of:
• Local, state, and federal legislative and executive processes;
• Public affairs principles and practices;
• Current policies and issues in health care and higher education
• Project management and planning principles and practices.

Demonstrated Skills in:
• Developing and maintaining partnerships with public officials and their staffs;
• Communicating effectively with all levels of management, boards of directors, and staff as well as external individuals and groups;
• Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents;
• Legislative advocacy, negotiation and persuasion;
• Excellent at communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums;
• Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets;
• Planning and organization;
• Managing and coordinating special projects with strong continuity;
• Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives;
• Attention to detail and strong follow-through;
• Critical and strategic thinking;
• Event planning and management;
• Working independently, as well as with teams;
• Projecting personal energy, enthusiasm and initiative, and ability to motivate others.
• Demonstrating professionalism, sensitivity, and political savvy in both internal and external relations.
• Working with people from diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds;

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands

Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Frequent in-district and state travel is required as well as occasional out-of-state travel. Travel is typically same-day and occasionally overnight for one or more nights.

No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and material is needed to perform the job satisfactorily

Environmental: n/a

Special Conditions for Eligibility
EEO Statement

Touro College and University System is committed to providing all persons equal opportunity in education and employment, and to ensuring a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment in compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), the New York State Education Law, and other applicable laws. It is the policy of the College to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment and in the administration of College programs, services, activities, and admissions on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

FLSA Exempt
Salary Detail Commensurate with Experience

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S00219P
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicant

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents