What Does the Director of Government Affairs & Leadership Programs do?

Act as the organization’s Chief Government Affairs Officer and build relationships with individuals, agencies, coalitions, and special interest and advocacy organizations involved in public higher education policy; oversee communications, media relations, and publications regarding initiatives, campaigns and legislation priorities; manage the public official engagement program with lobbying and outreach efforts, business meetings, and educational policy sessions; develop plans of action to ensure policy and statutory victories at the local, state, and federal level; train student groups to effectively research, monitor, advocate, and organize around higher education policy issues; manage the e-advocacy systems to effectively encourage civic engagement and political participation; advise student leaders on policy oversight and development in the Academic Senate; develop advocacy strategies to ensure students share in the decision-making and governance of campus; manage the leadership development curriculum incorporating regional, national and international leadership trainings, service learning projects, workshops and retreats; lead grant writing efforts and funding/donation outreach in the public and private sectors; and interpret and instruct on the California Education Code and Title V of the State of California, while supporting policy development and implementation.

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