Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Government Relations Director

CATEGORY: Management

FLSA: Exempt



Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for College Advancement, leads the government relations functions of the College. In consultation with College administrators and executives and the Advancement Office, plans and executes a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances the College's mission and goals with local, regional, state, and federal elected officials.


The Government Relations Director serves as the College’s principal liaison to elected officials at all levels.


  1. In collaboration with the Associate Vice President of College Advancement, the District President, College Executive Officers, and other Advancement staff, develops and manages college strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for Portland Community College.
  2. Works with the College leadership to identify priority legislative and government relations issues for the College.
  3. Communicates and advocates College priorities to local, regional, state and national elected officials and staff.
  4. Monitors legislation and policy activities, updates and advises College leadership and staff about relevant policy proposals and actions, and works with College staff to analyze potential impacts on the college. Communicates with the college community to inform them of relevant government issues.
  5. Coordinates government relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders, including College and Foundation Board members, state and national associations, student organizations, employee unions, and government relations staff from other agencies and industry. Engages constituents inside and outside the college in support of the college’s government relations agenda.
  6. Develops a wide range of materials in support of the College’s government relations agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  7. Plans and implements events and other activities to support the College’s government relations goals, such as town halls, news conferences, campus visits, and meetings.
  8. Provides technical assistance to College faculty and staff on government relations issues.
  9. Supervises administrative and technical/support staff, casual employees and independent contractors. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and discharges staff as necessary.
  10. Plans budget for government relations activities within the College Advancement budget.
  11. Assists with the development and implementation of special projects, such as, but not limited to, bond measures and redistricting.
  12. Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field. Relevant experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Five years of progressively responsible, professional experience in government relations required. Valid driver’s license required.


Knowledge of:

  • Local, state, and federal legislative and executive processes;
  • Public affairs principles and practices;
  • Project management and planning principles and practices.

Demonstrated Skills in:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs;
  • Communicating effectively with all levels of management, boards of directors, and staff as well as external individuals and groups;
  • Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents;
  • Legislative advocacy, negotiation and persuasion;
  • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums;
  • Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets;
  • Planning and organization;
  • Managing and coordinating special projects;
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives;
  • Attention to detail and strong follow-through;
  • Critical and strategic thinking;
  • Event planning and management;
  • Working independently, as well as with teams;
  • Working with people from diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities


Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent in-district and state travel is required. Working hours may vary and occasional evening and weekend work is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and material is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

NEW: 11/11