Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N7061 / Assoc Dir,Government Relations
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

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.


This position serves as liaison and lobbyist, under the direction of the Director of Government Relations, for decisions, operations and activities for the University with regards to local and/or state legislative and community relations; including identifying and analyzing potential threats and opportunities on behalf of the University. Develops and maintains working relationships and communications with legislative, regulatory officials, and University leadership, as appropriate. Manages strategy development, funding and policy implementation, issue negotiations, and accomplishment of the goals and objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and maintains relationships with state and/or local government agency officials, to represent and promote the development of strategic compliance programs to promote the University's agendas.
  2. Maintains communications with University leadership, state and/or local government agencies including the legislature, New Mexico Congressional delegation (in the absence of the director), and lobbyists in regards to current legislative strategies.
  3. Provides relevant, timely and insightful advice on legislation of direct relevance to the University.
  4. Administers and coordinates complex requests, lobbying activities and interactions with legislators, New Mexico Congressional delegation (in the absence of the director), and state and/or local government agencies.
  5. Maintain current on existing and proposed legislation, meeting with local and/or state government officials and lobbyists, apprising management on relevant laws and regulations.
  6. Manages and directs the development of state and/or local government and legislative recommendations, economic impact/development information and materials.
  7. Represents state government relations expertise and assists in administrative problem solving, program/project planning, development, and execution of stated goals and objectives.
  8. Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations during the legislative sessions and maintains communications with University leadership.
  9. Leads efforts designing initiatives to enhance relations between the University and various state and/or local government agencies, as appropriate.
  10. May participate in implementing short- and/or long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; 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

  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage fluctuating priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of State and/or local government issues related to higher education.
  • 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.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

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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