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University of Rochester Sr Director of Local Government and Community Relations - 224120 in Rochester, New York

Sr Director of Local Government and Community Relations

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 058 Gov & Community Relations


8 AM-5 PM



The Senior Director of Local Government and Community Relations is responsible for directing the day-to-day local government, neighborhood, community, civic, and regional relations activities and advocacy for the University of Rochester and its affiliates. The Senior Director of Local Government and Community Relations connects the University with its surrounding communities, helping to inform, engage and connect the University with all local sectors to help advance opportunities and partnerships around shared challenges and priorities.

The Senior Director of Local Government and Community Relations reports to the University's Vice President of Government & Community Relations, works closely with the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations, and interacts internally with a broad spectrum of university administrators, faculty, staff, community-facing university programs and services, committees, and student organizations.

The position is based in Rochester, NY and requires some local and regional travel as necessary.

In addition, Senior Director of Local Government and Community Relations will carry out the below specific responsibilities:

25% Advances the strategic interests of the University of Rochester and builds and maintains close relationships with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Rochester, City Council, Monroe County Executive’s office, Monroe County Legislature, local/regional agencies, and towns and villages;

25% Maintains and strengthens relationships with community organizations and neighborhood groups, including regularly attending and representing the University at meetings, promoting mutual understanding and collaboration on local and community issues, community-engaged scholarship, programs and services;

20% Serves as a liaison between the University of Rochester and the community, and assists and advises University leadership, students, staff and faculty on a myriad of topics, challenges and opportunities;

10% Facilitates meetings as needed with local elected officials and local organizations;

10% Develops and executes advocacy strategies and community-building activities;

5% Monitors, analyzes and reports legislative and regulatory activities in City Council and County Legislature impacting the University and develop associated memoranda, briefings and correspondence; and

5% Ensures compliance with local and state lobbying rules.


Master's degree or equivalent graduate training or experience in a specialty suited to the assignment.

8 years relevant work experience including substantial work at a managerial level; equivalent combination of education and experience.

Excellent oral and written communication skills required; demonstrated organizational skills; project leadership experience; clear understanding of confidentiality; attention to detail; and strong outreach and team building skills required. A willingness to travel locally and regionally as necessary and ability to work both independently and in a team environment is required.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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