Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Legislative Officer

Washington State University   Pullman, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on August 29, 2023
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Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Legislative Officer


Available Title(s):

1407-NN_ADMINPRO - Vice President


Business Title:

Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Legislative Officer


Employee Type:

Admin. Professional


Time Type:

Full time


Position Term:

12 Month


Position Details:


Summary of Duties


As a member of the President's staff, the Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Legislative Officer provides executive level oversight and leadership in WSU strategy and communications with local, state, and federal officials and agencies. This position also engages constituents at the regional, state, and federal level to advance the University's public policy goals. Duties include planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and assessing the University-wide strategic plan with regards to federal and state legislative affairs and needs of external stakeholders as they relate to government relations.


Essential Duties


Legislative Affairs and Public Policy


  • Develop and implement strategies for passing local, state, and federal legislation for WSU and in support of WSU initiatives and goals.


  • Report, monitor, and advise on WSU political activities to assure compliance.


  • Provide analysis and advise WSU faculty, staff, and students on public policy.


Strategic Relationships


  • Create and implement strategies to gain and promote affinity for WSU. Elevate the public profile of WSU in areas of high impact. Provide recommendations to university leadership regarding items for which WSU should advocate.


  • Review public strategies for WSU. Provide guidance, feedback, and approval as needed.


  • Identify additional pertinent WSU and community stakeholders who may have a vested interest in university strategic goals and help bring these individuals together.


  • Support and enhance WSU's public/private partnerships and alignment with the economy.


  • Keep abreast of community, regional, state, and national events and issues relative to WSU's involvement.


  • Represent the University as needed both locally and nationally.


Leadership and Management


  • Act as a delegated appointing authority for Government Relations.


  • Collaborate with the President and senior leadership on strategic planning, decision making and execution of decisions.


  • Provide oversight and leadership of government relations office and staff. Evaluate performance, act on leave request and address performance concerns as appropriate.


  • Develop and initiate policies/programs to increase efficiencies, improve staff productivity and assure quality planning, design, and practices and products, keeping excellence in client relations and customer service a top priority.


  • Develop and monitor unit budget.


Position Qualifications


Required Qualifications


  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the functional managerial area. A Master's degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.


  • Experience in developing, influencing and working for passage of legislation.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the workings of local, state and federal government.


Preferred Qualifications


  • At least five years experience with the Washington State Legislature


  • Experience in influencing a legislative body on a public policy question


  • Experience in working with private companies, associations, and grassroots organizations.


Additional Information:




Office of the President


Department Name:


Government Relations




The location for this position is flexible. The ideal candidate can work from anywhere in Washington, but frequent travel to Seattle, Olympia, and campus and extension locations will be expected as part of meetings with various constituents and stakeholders.


Department Link:


Monthly Salary:


$20,833.33/month - $27,083.33/month


In accordance with the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For additional information, please review WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the and


FTE: 100% (Full-Time)


This is a permanent position.


Posting Close Date:


Applicants must submit their completed application by September 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.


Screening Date:


The screening of applicants will begin on September 11, 2023.


Background Check:


This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.


Application Instructions:


Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.


Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application.


  • Resume (required)


  • Cover Letter (required)


External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.



Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.


Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.


WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.


WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


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