Senior Vice President for Policy and Government
Washington, DC, USA | Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Consulting - Gov't / Non-Profit
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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:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
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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