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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N7031 / Government Relations Ofcr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Directs and oversees all aspects of support services for the university's government relations activities, for State and/or Federal.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establishes and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures for the government relations support function; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement; may serve on University planning and policy making committees.
  2. Designs, establishes and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to accomplish in an effective manner the goals and objectives for government relations support function; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement.
  3. Plans, develops, implements, administers and evaluates programs, activities and daily operations related to the governmental affairs support function.
  4. Works with local, regional and national officials and groups with respect to the University's involvement in research, strategic efforts, and related activities.
  5. Maintains communications with university leadership, various organization units and constituency groups of the university, state and federal agencies including the legislature and the New Mexico Congressional delegation, and lobbyists in order to provide effective support services.
  6. Oversees the University's legislative clearinghouse function, including bill tracking and analysis, committee hearing tracking and regular communication with University leadership and constituency groups regarding the status of the University's legislative package.
  7. Oversees and coordinates complex interactions with legislators, legislative staff, other local and state officials, staff of the New Mexico congressional delegation, federal agency staff and other government officials/staff.
  8. Develops Federal and/or State priority recommendations and documentation, legislative request support materials, economic impact/development information and other materials in support of the University's government relations activities.
  9. Directs and oversees of the Federal and/or State priorities development and implementation processes that focus on research and economic development.
  10. Assists the VP of Research and Director of OGCR with the coordination, facilitation, and advancement of research related priorities and other initiatives involving the University's relationship with Federal and/or State agencies, Congressional representatives, their staff members, and Congressional committees.
  11. Coordinates legislative requests; develops and manages annual budgets for the government relations support function and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement.
  12. Participates in the development of university policies and procedures; Serves on university planning and policy making committees.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of State and Federal government organization and legislative processes, including budget and appropriations processes.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of bill enactment process and bill tracking systems.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal government issues related to higher education.
  • Ability to research legislative history and the status of pending legislation and to analyze pending and enacted legislation.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of University budget processes and legislative request processes; skill in budget preparation and management.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017