Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N7046 / Government Relations Dir
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

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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.


Serves as a primary advisor and support position to the University's Chief Government Relations Officer (CGRO). At the direction of the CGRO, leads all state and local government relations activities pertaining to the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC). Provides critical support to government relations activities affecting the HSC and Main Campus in its state and federal government activities. Serves as a key policy strategy advisor with expertise in serving the government relation needs of the HSC. Monitors pending state legislation and quickly responds to potential threats and opportunities affecting the HSC. Represents the University to local, city, county, and tribal leaders, on behalf of the CGRO.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as an advisor to the Chief Government Relations Officer on state legislative matters affecting the University's Health Sciences Center (HSC); monitors, tracks, and analyzes a high volume of existing and pending legislation and provides timely, informed updates to University senior leaders regarding the potential impact of state legislation of direct relevance to the HSC.
  2. Leads and represents the state government relations activities for the HSC as assigned by the CGRO; supports activities pertaining to federal and state government relations affecting the UNM Main Campus.
  3. In collaboration with HSC leaders, researches new legislation and prioritizes proposed legislation affecting HSC, including providers, billings, health outcomes, etc.
  4. Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations during the legislative sessions that align with University and the HSC priorities at the discretion of the CGRO and HSC executive leadership.
  5. Develops and maintains relationships with state and/or local government agency officials, lobbyists, as well as city, county, and tribal leaders, to support the University's agendas, with particular attention to the needs and priorities of the HSC.
  6. Represents the CGRO and UNM senior leaders on HSC matters, including local, state, and national advocacy coalitions in the furtherance of public policy that supports academic health care centers, health care delivery systems, and higher education.
  7. Maintains communications with CGRO, state and/or local government agencies including the legislature, the New Mexico Congressional delegation (where appropriate) and lobbyists regarding current legislative strategies and recommendations.
  8. Administers and coordinates complex requests with the CGRO, lobbying activities and interactions with legislators, the New Mexico Congressional delegation (where appropriate), and state and/or local government agencies.
  9. Manages and assists in the development and dissemination of state and/or local government and legislative recommendations, and supports the gathering of economic impact/development information and materials.
  10. Supports initiatives to enhance relations between the institution and various state and/or local government agencies, as appropriate.
  11. May participate in implementing short- and/or long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 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 and expertise of state and/or local government issues related to higher education and/or healthcare systems.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage fluctuating priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of bill enactment process and bill tracking systems.
  • Ability to work effectively with legislators and legislative committees.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in analyzing a broad range of issues and prepare written materials to influence opinions of a wide range of constituencies and legislators.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to research legislative history and the status of pending legislation and to analyze pending and enacted legislation.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as project management, analytical, planning and presentation.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a high-volume environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal credibly and effectively with senior institutional leadership.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

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.

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