Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N8012 / Dir,Government Relations
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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 coordinates the planning and implementation of the University's various government affairs activities, programs, and initiatives. Under the direction of the Chief Government Relations Officer, sets strategic direction, provides integrative leadership, and recommends institutional policies and standards of practice to ensure that all government relations efforts effectively and efficiently support the University's overall mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs policy and program planning related to University government relations initiatives; coordinates Federal and State government relations programs to ensure consistency with overall University goals, objectives, and priorities.
  2. Represents the University at State legislative sessions, before State bodies, Federal agencies, and the United States Congress in support of institutional goals and objectives.
  3. Directs and oversees programs and initiatives designed to enhance relations between the University and various local governments and community agencies, as appropriate.
  4. Partners with UNM Vice Presidents for Research 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.
  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. Assists University administration in various cost analyses, projections, reports; assists administration in specified fundraising efforts, as appropriate.
  7. Plans, develops, implements, administers and evaluates programs, activities and daily operations related to the governmental affairs support function.
  8. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  9. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  10. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 8 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 understanding of the mission, goals, organization, and operational/financial infrastructure of a public university.
  • Strategic and operational understanding of government procedures and processes at the National, State, and local levels.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal credibly and effectively with senior institutional leadership.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of public information and community relations concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources.
  • Project management and leadership skills.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Ability to accurately process benefit rate changes and notification documentation.

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.
  • Work odd hours including weekends.
  • Work may, on occasion, involve travel and overnight stay.

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: 04/24/2023