Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations

Job no: 540533
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office - Washington D.C.
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations. The CSU Chancellor's Office is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year.

This position is located in Washington, D.C.


The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $17,789 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The salary range for this classification is $9,625 to $30,896 per month.


Administrator IV

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations to be the chief strategist and lead advocate representing the interests of the California State University system before the executive and legislative branches of federal government. Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Communications, the AVC Federal Relations works with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and senior leadership across the university to develop federal legislative priorities and seek federal appropriations. Federal Relations teams with legislative liaisons from the 23 CSU universities to advance the CSU's collective priorities and promote the value of investment in higher education.

The AVC, Federal Relations serves as a thought leader and strategic partner with higher education associations and other higher education systems and universities.


Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Communications, the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Federal Relations will:

-Lead the Office of Federal Relations by fostering a culture of service and developing a team that is trusted, respected, and committed to continuous improvement. Manage the department budget and operational functions.

-Participate regularly in External Relations and Communications Division Senior Staff meetings; periodically attend and report at Board of Trustees meetings, Chancellor's Senior Leadership Council meetings, and Chancellor's Executive Council meetings - bringing forward emerging federal issues, making recommendations, and identifying national interest in CSU priorities and achievements.

-Guide the process for formulating a systemwide federal agenda in consultation with Chancellor's Office and campus leadership with the objective of an articulated list of priorities for proactive pursuit in Washington.

-Build a strategy for implementing the CSU federal agenda, through a range of activities that integrates with all areas of expertise and responsibility across the University Relations and Advancement Division.

-Plan and implement the annual systemwide advocacy event to discuss key federal funding priorities and educate lawmakers about the quality of CSU academic programs, the caliber of CSU student scholars, and the achievements of our stellar faculty.

-Develop CSU federal legislative recommendations, regulatory responses, and impact statements.

-Review and analyze current legislation and regulations that affect higher education.

-Build relationships with key leadership at the Department of Education and other federal agencies.

-Meet with appropriate Congressional and Executive branch elected leaders and staff to discuss CSU priorities, issues and concerns.

-Responds to inquiries (both from within the CSU and from external sources) about the CSU and its positions of matters of federal import.

-Support campuses in seeking appropriations under special designations such as Hispanic Serving Institutions and Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and in pursuit of agency grants.

-Initiate and maintain contact with representations of other related interest groups and entities regarding issues relevant to CSU concerns.

-Support the elevation of exposure and reputation of the Chancellor, Presidents, and the CSU on a national stage.


This position requires:

-Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree preferred.

-A very strong background in relevant public policy advocacy is required. Experience should include at least 5 years of working directly on California and/or federal public policy matters or federal government systems (legislative and/or executive branches.)

-A demonstrated knowledge of legislative, budget and appropriations processes and analysis at the federal level is required to assist with advancing the CSU's federal agenda.

-Past success in managing individuals and teams effectively is required to provide leadership, mentoring and oversight for entire office.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills are an essential component of being an effective advocate for the CSU.

-The ability to deal with politically sensitive issues and maintain strict confidence is required.

-Knowledge of computer research programs and network information services is important for all OFR employees.

-The ability to initiate contact with and respond to relevant media, in coordination with the Chancellor's Office, will assist the CSU in its branding efforts and in assuring accurate portrayal of the system in the press.

-Ability to work independently and take initiative on matters of greatest importance to the CSU through consultation with the Chancellor's Office.

-Understanding that those that they work with are on Pacific Time and that unusual working hours are required.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by July 12, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. The CSU Chancellor's Office is not a sponsoring agency for staff and Management positions (i.e., H1-B VISAS).

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all Chancellor's Office employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

CSU Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California. However, this position is based in Washington, D.C.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Advertised: June 14, 2024 (3:30 PM) Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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