Job Description: The incumbent works in close collaboration with the Chief Advocacy Officer in the development and advancement of HACU’s legislative affairs and relations with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. The director coordinates legislative relations and activities, and works in collaboration with other HACU staff to enhance relationships with Congress, government agencies, policy centers, Hispanic and other minority organizations and higher education associations. The incumbent is also responsible for tracking public policy and legislation and recommending appropriate advocacy action. Will plan, organize, and coordinate HACU’s legislative strategies and activities with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies to advance HACU’s corresponding goals and objectives. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assist in the planning and coordination of the Annual HACU Capitol Forum;
- Work closely with federal agencies to identify resources for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs);
- Assist in the structure and maintenance of the Governmental Relations page on the HACU portal;
- Communicate with and engage HSI presidents and other key institutional officials in interactions with Congress to advance the HACU Legislative Agenda;
- Arrange and facilitate congressional testimony, meetings, and other contacts with members of Congress and senior federal officials by HACU’s President and President/CEOs of HACU-member institutions;
- Establish and maintain HACU/HSI coalitions in the House of Representatives and the Senate;
- Monitor, track and analyze legislative bills and proposals;
- Draft and prepare documents and correspondence related to congressional and administrative relations and legislation;
- Write, publish and disseminate legislative alerts, announcements, briefs and newsletters.
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) or an equivalent in Public Administration, Higher Education, or related field with experience in federal relations and policy analysis, preferably in higher education or education-related issues. Experience, knowledge, and/or training at the federal/state level on issues impacting Hispanics in higher education. Knowledge and familiarity with federal legislative and appropriations processes. Exceptional interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and Spanish language proficiency highly desired. Must be able to travel as needed.
Location of the Position: Washington, DC
How To Apply:
Qualified candidates interested in joining our team of professionals should fax, mail or e-mail a resume with salary history and cover letter specifying position of interest to:
HACU, Attention: Human Resources Dept.
8415 Datapoint Drive, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229
Fax (210) 576-3293