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Government Relations, Director Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75205
  • Pay Grade: P15
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: General Administrations
  • Function: Legal & Government Relations


The Director of Government Relations communicates Boise State University’s funding needs and other legislative priorities to state and local government, and leads BSU’s federal relations efforts. Reporting directly to the President, the Director of Government Relations acts as a liaison to various off campus entities, investigating, and recommending solutions to complex issues, inquiries and problems, and providing support and public relations skills in a professional and confidential environment to enhance the operations of the President’s Office and the University as a whole. This position also works in cooperation with alumni, the Board of Education, and colleagues statewide in advocating for public higher education and a stronger Boise State. Additionally this position ensures the community engagement mission and goals of the University are efficiently and effectively achieved.  This position is evidence of the University’s commitment to community and relationships that transcend all boundaries, inspire creativity and innovation across disciplines, and foster strategic growth in the university.

Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and  influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and  8 years work  experience and 5 years Managerial experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  •   Thorough knowledge of higher education systems and issues
  •   Thorough knowledge of the inner workings of all levels of government, especially including the Idaho Legislature including processes and legislators and the Idaho Congressional  Delegation, staff and processes
  •   Adept at relationship building and problem solving
  •   Excellent leadership skills, decision-making ability, and an ability to project a strong positive image of the University with community, corporate, government leaders and the media as well as parents, students, faculty, staff and others is required.
  •   Experience collaborating with multiple parties and internal players is required
  •   Ability to be self-motivated and capable of simultaneously managing multiple priorities is required
  •   Extensive experience in relationship development is required
  •   Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment is required
  •   Experience brokering effective partnerships with business, government and institutional leaders is required
  •   Proven ability to establish effective relationships and to negotiate with a wide range of constituencies is required
  •   Ability to work in structured and unstructured environments (including ambiguity) is preferred
  •   Ability to adapt, negotiate and act decisively is preferred
  •   Superior communication, organizational and interpersonal skills is preferred
  •   Excellent creative problem solving skills is preferred
  •   Planning and implementing skills is preferred
  •   Policy analysis skills is preferred

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Government Relations, Director must:

Develops the University’s legislative agenda, actively supports any legislation of interest to the University and monitors development and passage of the University’s operating and capital budgets.

  • Monitors state, local and federal government activities, assesses government actions and communicates this information to BSU officials.
  • Plans and implements a legislative program that supports the University Metropolitan Research University of Distinction strategy.
  • Identifies issues and designs strategies for the legislative sessions in conjunctions with the President.
  • Directs and designs statewide efforts/campaigns to ensure support for BSU and higher education during the legislative process.
  • Collaborates with other State colleges and Universities and sectors of higher education, public and private, to further the interest of the University and higher education system.

Supervises communication of the official positions of the university before the U.S. Congress, Idaho Legislature, federal and state agencies and local governments.

  • Includes supervising communications with students and faculty on matters of state, local and federal government relations
  • Promotes effective communication between representatives of Boise State University and representatives of local, state, and federal government.

Serves as part of the senior administrative team and provides advice, counsel, and expertise in all matters related to government relations.

  • Serve on the President’s Administrative  Council
  • Oversees government relations activities.
  • Represents the President and University as appropriate at internal and external meetings and events
  • Serves as principal liaison for coordination on all legislative issues/processes, interim activities, constituency programs and the development of the University’s legislative strategies
  • Serves as key liaison with all campus officials, faculty and staff regarding all legislative issues or actions.

35% of Time the Government Relations, Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Government Relations, Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Some travel may be required

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.