University of Rochester Assistant Director for Federal Relations in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Gov & Community Relations


9 AM-5 PM


Position Summary:

The University of Rochester is seeking an Assistant Director for Federal Relations for its Office of Government and Community Relations. The Assistant Director for Federal Relations will advance the strategic interests of the University of Rochester among national officials, their staff, federal agencies and national associations.


Assists the Associate Vice President of Government & Community Relations and the Director of Federal Relations in developing and executing the University of Rochester’s federal affairs strategy, including advocating for university priorities affecting higher education and the university’s research enterprise, including the Laboratory for Laser Energetics; developing and managing university relationships with Congress and federal research funding agencies; advising and informing university officials and faculty on federal activities, policies, regulations, and funding opportunities; identifying and developing opportunities for faculty to participate in federal policy discussions and development; fostering strong relations with both legislative and executive branch officials at the federal level; assisting with strategic planning; and interacting with national and state organizations and coalitions that represent university interests and influence higher education and research policy at the national level; and helping to strengthen the University of Rochester’s presence and profile in Washington, DC and nationally.

The Assistant Director for Federal Relations reports to the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations, works closely with the Vice President of Government and Community Relations and Director of Federal Relations, and interacts internally with a broad spectrum of university administrators, faculty and with student organizations.

The position is based in Rochester, NY and requires frequent travel to Washington, DC.

Specifically, working with University leadership and appropriate internal and external constituencies:

Monitors, analyzes and interprets federal, state and local legislative and regulatory matters, assessing their relevance to University activities and priorities.

Formulates institutional strategies for influencing legislative and administrative outcomes and facilitates their execution. Establishes and maintains the external relationships necessary to this task, including Members of Congress, administration officials, program managers, state legislators, and their staffs. Communicates internally with faculty, deans and administrators in developing advocacy strategies and in assuring their efficacy. Coordinates with the Associate Vice President of Government & Community Relations in assuring that University strategies enhance the overall advocacy agenda for the University of Rochester and its affiliates.

Facilitates linkages with federal and state executive branch agencies to maximize potential resources and enhance capacity to carry out our missions. Prioritizes and facilitates institutional responses to regulatory initiatives.

Develops/maintains network of external relations to forward the institutional advocacy agenda and enhance our image as a nationally recognized center for research, healthcare and education. Develops and disseminates information regarding the activities, programs, and operations of the University to Members of Congress and officials in the executive branch. Assists in arranging campus visits of appropriate government officials to showcase and engender support for our activities. Collaborates with government relations colleagues at other colleges and universities, state and national associations and professional societies to assess issues of mutual concern and develop strategies for effective response.

Formulates/implements/assures compliance with University policies related to government and community relations.


Bachelor’s Degree required and at least two years of relevant experience in federal political and policy arenas. Candidates holding a professional degree or a master’s degree are preferred for this position. Experience in federal government, particularly in Congress or a federal research agency will be advantageous. Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, be a self-starter, willingness to travel as needed, and work in a team environment.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Assistant Director for Federal Relations

Location: Health Sciences

Job ID: 209660

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time