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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N0045 / Government Relations Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

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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.


Oversees all aspects of support services for the University's government relations activities, both State and Federal.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists with the planning, development, implementation, administration and evaluation of programs, activities and daily operations related to the governmental affairs support function.
  2. 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.
  3. Coordinates 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.
  4. Coordinates routine 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.
  5. Assists in the development of federal priority recommendations and documentation, legislative request support materials, economic impact/development information and other materials in support of the University's government relations activities.
  6. Coordinates legislative requests and budget matters for the Advancement Vice Presidential area; develops and manages annual budgets for the government relations support function and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement.
  7. Recommends, participates in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy making committees.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a related Administrative, Business, Liberal Arts, or Social Sciences discipline; at least 3 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 organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal government organization and legislative processes, including budget and appropriations processes.
  • 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.
  • 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 University budget processes and legislative request processes; skill in budget preparation and management.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • 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