Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis

Published 29 days ago


Commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: commitment to diversity and equity, excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, accountability, ownership, and adherence to policies and procedures.


The Director, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis will coordinate federal relations and legislative, regulatory, and public policy analysis. The director proposes, coordinates, and advocates for AASCU’s federal public policy position vis-a-vis the Congress, Administration, federal agencies, relevant executive agencies, as well as other higher education and stakeholder groups. Will have significant responsibilities in managing the advocacy engagement of members and will lead the develop of several policy and advocacy related communications generated by the team.


  • Key member of the team responsible for federal relations and federal policy development, analysis, communication, and advocacy.
  • Performs research on federal programs, analysis of federal legislation, acquiring and developing policy options and positions to the association and federal policy makers.
  • Responsible to produce internal communications and written reports for internal and external circulation, which provide and articulate overviews of federal policies and legislative proposals, and which are accessible by and understandable and convincing to their intended audience.
  • Identify, develop, and implement legislative initiatives, drafting congressional testimony, and completing activities undertaken by the division.
  • Regularly interacts with congressional and executive government entities to present AASCU policy positions, solicit support for these positions and to learn about initiatives and activities taking shape in the executive branch and congress that may affect AASCU members.
  • Works with the VP of Government Relations to coordinate the association's congressional, executive branch and grass roots field activities.
  • Develops, implements, and coordinates strategies for effective advocacy by the association's membership, including providing advice and direction to other governmental relation's staff, crafting the message, determining its timing and how and to whom it is to be disseminated. This audience ranges from other association chief executives, professional governmental relations' staff, and those with detailed knowledge of issues to AASCU member Presidents/Chancellors, members of Congress and their staff, and the public.
  • The specific portfolio of public policy areas of responsibility for this position are programmatically assigned by the VP and chiefly include, but are not limited to, issues related to:
  • federal student financial aid
  • higher education finance
  • educator preparation
  • International education
  • Federal regulatory activities affecting public higher education.
  • In coordination with the VP of Government Relations, serves as the association representative with primary responsibility for preparing and leading the association's effort to develop legislative recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
  • Responds to individual member president/chancellor requests, communicates with AASCU members, and through articles/updates written for the association's various communications.
  • Uses appropriate software on-line information systems to track legislation and target communication to grassroots contacts and to members of congress and federal agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of members and build long-term relationships.
  • Actively participates in the planning, coordination, and execution of the Higher Education Government Relations Conference.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Masters preferred.
  • At least 5-10 years of work experience with some combination of the following experiences:
  • Capitol Hill
  • government agency
  • government relations
  • higher education campus
  • membership association
  • Priority will be given to direct experience working in/with Congress.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement a federal legislative advocacy campaign.
  • Direct experience successfully lobbying/advocating on behalf of multiple and simultaneous public policies preferably in higher education.
  • Able to handle and master multiple tasks at once and direct activities of other professional staff. 
  • Comprehensive and demonstrable understanding of the legislative process and ability to inform and mobilize membership, with a strong grasp of various communication tools used to provide outreach to the association membership.
  • Acknowledges problems and provides solutions.
  • Experience in and understanding of what is required to work in a bi-partisan environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience working with different communication styles.
  • Elevates the voices of individuals and organizations not always heard in policy analysis and strategy.
  • Convey information in a way that is confident, professional, and easy for others to understand.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply innovative and resourceful solutions to solve complex challenges.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to find solutions to often difficult and politically sensitive policy problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trust and productive relationships.
  • Ability to think critically, with strong interest in innovation, user experience and customer service.
  • Acts in a way that demonstrates integrity and serves as a positive example.
  • Extensive use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access, Excel and Power Point.
  • Experience with data collection tools such as Politico Pro/CQ, Thomas and web-based legislative software such as Congress Plus, Intranet, Internet, and e-mail.


Competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position located at AASCU’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. AASCU is temporarily working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


AASCU is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


AASCU is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in all Association policies and the way we do business at AASCU.


Commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: commitment to diversity and equity, excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, accountability…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 17, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
1717 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Ste 700

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