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Assistant/Associate Director of Government Relations & Northern Virginia Community Relations

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: President
Department: Government & Community Relations
Categories: Other

Job Description

The Office of Government & Community Relations at Virginia Tech works to promote and defend the priorities of the university with federal, state, and local governments. The Assistant/Associate Director of Federal Government Relations & Northern Virginia Community Relations will work closely with the Virginia Tech federal government relations team to advance and defend the priorities of the university in the federal government. The incumbent is also responsible for promoting Virginia Tech in the Northern Virginia communities and for representing Virginia Tech’s interest before Northern Virginia local governments. The incumbent will report directly to the Vice President and the position’s federal government relations activities also are guided by the Director of Government Relations.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree with government and/or community relations experience or experience working for an elected official or agency.
• Demonstrated ability to develop meaningful relationships with elected and community leaders.
• Proven writer.
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak in front of large audiences and the ability to connect with members of a community in small and large meetings.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks at one time.
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience working and interacting with senior level managers within an organization and elected officials.
• Demonstrated ability and desire to work as part of a team.
• Proven experience addressing issues of a sensitive nature and ability to exercise discretion and good judgement as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree or law degree with government relations or government experience, or actively working on a higher degree.
• Demonstrated interest in higher education policy.
• Proficiency in Power Point.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The title of this position will be designated as Assistant Director or Associate Director based on the selected finalist’s qualifications. The salary offer will be commensurate with the qualifications of the selected finalist and position title.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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