Assistant Director, State and Intergovernmental Relations
Harvard University Administration
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 59714BR
Reporting to the Managing Director, Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Outreach, the Assistant Director of State and Intergovernmental Relations serves as a legislative and policy advisor within the state, local and intergovernmental public affairs team of Harvard University, based in Cambridge MA. The AD is a critical member of an integrated and collaborative team, working to track and advise on evolving and wide-ranging legislative and policy issues of interest to the University's operations and mission and which cross municipalities and communities in Boston, Cambridge, and the Commonwealth. In furtherance of this work, the AD will help manage productive relationships with elected officials and their offices, state and local agencies, relevant trade associations, in addition to community partners and advocacy groups.
Manages tracking, research, and analysis of public policy issues of interest to the University, including legislation and regulatory processes.
Working with colleagues in government relations as well as experts from within and beyond campus to develop informed advocacy agendas on issues of critical importance to Harvard University.
Monitors and charting the progress of relevant legislative and policy developments in Boston, Cambridge, and the Commonwealth, informed by feedback from campus stakeholders, including but not limited to issues that impact the university's operations and status as a nonprofit educational and research institution.
Maintains relationships with state and local leaders and staff, attending and drafting summaries of hearings and briefings.
Identifies key stakeholders in Cambridge, Boston, the Commonwealth, and on campus on various issues and developing ways to communicate effectively with these constituencies; attending association working groups/coalition meetings; and
Provides professional advice and guidance to campus leaders and stakeholders in addition to periodic reports, briefings, and written updates on legislative actions and priorities.
Builds awareness and collaboration around key issues with relevant university partners.
Collaborates with communications colleagues to articulate the University's position on key issues, including the execution of strategies to develop stakeholder relationships, messaging, responses to external media inquiries, and proactive communications plans where appropriate.
Works across Harvard Public Affairs & Communications teams and functions to integrate activities, tools and information in service to broaden overall departmental priorities.
Represents the University at external meetings and events.
Manages the completion of state and municipal lobbying disclosure forms as required.
Attends meetings and briefings in person as needed.
Maintains a hybrid work schedule in alignment with HPAC's departmental policies for in-person work.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and familiarity with legislative process required with 5 or more years of experience in public policy-related work. Writing sample/case study will be required as part of the interview process
Must be able to register as an organizational lobbyist and ensure compliance with state and local laws and regulations.
Ability to work collaboratively across teams and with a variety of projects and constituencies.
Proven ability to take initiative in driving projects forward from initiation to completion.
Ability to work independently and prioritize effectively.
Excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills also required.
Demonstrated experience developing and executing advocacy strategies around legislation and policy issues.
Ability to translate complex topics into clear communications and messages.
Interest in public policy, higher education, and nonprofit institutions preferred.
Familiarity with Massachusetts and greater Boston's regional ecosystem and stakeholders.
Must be innovative, strategic and conceptually manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle difficult situations with a high level of professionalism.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.