Associate Director for Federal Relations

Connecticut, United States
09 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Associate Director for Federal Relations is a senior member of the Office of Federal and State Relations. He or she has lead responsibility for a portfolio of federal policy issues affecting the university and provides backup to the Associate Vice President for Federal and State Affairs on aspects of Yale’s federal relations agenda. This position serves as a subject matter expert, identifying and analyzing threats and opportunities for Yale within federal legislative and regulatory proposals. Exercising independent judgment, the Associate Director recommends and executes strategies to advance Yale’s interests. He or she advises university officials about issues and their relevance to Yale.

Applications will be accepted through August 21, 2019.

Essential Duties

  1. Is responsible for knowing all current and emerging issues within an identified portfolio.
  2. Serves as the lead in crafting and recommending advocacy strategies within the portfolio to influence the outcome of legislative and regulatory proposals. Takes the lead in executing approved advocacy strategies.
  3. Raises issues to leadership and other key university officials.
  4. Works closely with colleagues in peer institutions, as well as higher education associations, to share information, develop shared positions, and carry out coordinated advocacy strategies.
  5. Engages frequently with the Connecticut delegation to cultivate goodwill, raise issues of concern, and represent Yale in a professional manner.
  6. Takes Yale faculty to Washington for lobbying trips. Works with the Associate Vice President for Federal and State Relations on lobbying trips for the President.
  7. Works with the Office of Public Affairs and Communications on communication strategies as a dimension of advocacy for issues that are being tracked and new regulations.
  8. Develops and maintains good working relationships across the University, including colleagues in the Office of the General Counsel, other administrative offices, and deans or faculty within his or her portfolio. Serve as a lead on issues with a set of clients, such as the University Title IX Coordinator.
  9. Prepares briefing papers, talking points, correspondence and other documents to advance Yale’s agenda.
  10. Helps others within the University interpret and apply new regulations.
  11. Travels regularly to Washington.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and seven years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent writing skills and speaking abilities in small and large groups.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Sound independent judgement. Strictly observes the need for professionalism and confidentiality.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Understanding of the legislative process and regulatory rulemaking procedures.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to think critically and creatively about public policy. Familiarity with communications strategies using both traditional and social media.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team. Excellent computer skills, attention to detail, and highly organized.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: