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Senior Vice President for Policy and Government

Washington, DC, USA | Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Consulting - Gov't / Non-Profit
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Job Description:
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The Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations aids the President and CEO of HACU in

directing and coordinating activities for the function of congressional and federal administration relations.

Develops and implements strategic action plans and sets policy/legislative initiatives to establish or enhance

relationships with government, policy centers, Hispanic and other related organizations, and with higher

education associations. Oversees all operations of the Washington, DC office and represents HACU President

and CEO as needed. Assists the HACU President and CEO with tracking and addressing policy and legislation

by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates:


Facilitate and organize meetings, conferences/symposia with government/federal agencies,

Hispanic­Serving Institutions, and other groups to promote specific objectives as outlined.

Write, publish and disseminate legislative alert announcements, briefs and member

advisories for timely distribution to membership and other target groups as directed.

Monitor and evaluate pending legislation and regulations in development and identify

their impact on Hispanic-Serving Institutions, other HACU members and students.

Work with HACU staff on research projects to gather data to support legislative initiatives and meet with

congressional and executive staff on authorizing legislation and appropriations.

Serve as liaison to other educational organizations and higher education associations

to develop mutually supportive policies and legislative initiatives.

Confer with President of HACU and other administrative personnel to review achievements

and discuss required changes in strategies to best reach stated goals and objectives.

Serve as member or lead staff of management committees on special projects and initiatives.

Serve as liaison to HACU's standing committees of the Governing Board as assigned by

the President of HACU.

Promote partnerships with federal agencies and refer related contacts for appropriate followup by the President and CEO or his/her designee.

Supervise HACU programs and staff based in the Washington D.C. Office; i.e., HACU National Internship

Program, and other Federal Agency-HACU programs or initiatives.

Execute other duties as assigned by the President and CEO of HACU or his/her designee.

To develop and maintain professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders with diverse perspectives.


Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and

applicable laws, as assigned by the President and CEO of HACU. Responsibilities would include

interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising

performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to

perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of

the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to

enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Doctoral or terminal degree in Higher Education, Public Administration, Law or related field

with extensive experience in federal relations and policy analysis, preferably in higher

education or education-related issues. A master’s degree in the fields indicated above and

unusually high-level and extensive experience in the core areas cited may be considered in

lieu of a doctoral or terminal degree. Experience and/or training at the federal/state level on

issues impacting Hispanics in higher education. Knowledge should include familiarity with the

processes of legislation and federal appropriations. Experience in working with legislative staff

and governmental regulation writers is most appropriate.


Exceptional interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills are essential

and Spanish language proficiency is highly desired. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret

common business, governmental and technical journals, financial reports, and legal

documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from high level

government staff and officials, policy centers, Hispanic organizations, higher education

organizations, regulatory agencies, and members of the business community. Ability to write

speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to

effectively present information in written reports and in verbal presentations to top

management, federal agencies/departments, public groups, and governing board of directors.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical

situations. Familiarity with developing and conforming to an annual office budget.


Strong analytical skills and ability to practice sound judgment. Ability to solve practical

problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited

standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,

diagram, or schedule form.


Proficiency with computers (e.g. word processing, PowerPoint, databases, legislative

tracking software), and familiarity with educational issues affecting Hispanic students.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to

finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit,

and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs. The

employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required

by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability

to adjust focus. Must be able to travel frequently.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters

while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable

individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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