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Job Overview

  • Salary Offer Commensurate with Experience
  • Experience Level Executive
  • Total Years Experience 11-20
  • Education Master's Degree

Detailed Job Description

The Vice President of Government and Community Relations will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for all aspects of the university’s government relations activities in alignment with the university’s priorities. Success for the next vice president will, in part, be defined by an ability to marry government opportunities with university priorities. The vice president will personally and successfully engage with elected officials, members of their staff, and community leaders to identify and implement mutually beneficial public-university partnerships.

The next vice president will have the opportunity to shape Government and Community Relations (GCR) early in the tenure of an enthusiastic, strategic, and invested president. Reporting directly to President Munson, this individual will serve as a key member of his senior leadership team and will work in close partnership with this group to establish and advance university-wide objectives.

In addition to the position’s formal duties, the vice president will be a contributing member to a cohesive and mutually supportive senior management team, exhibiting integrity, warmth, self-awareness, responsiveness, and humor.


  • Provide overall leadership of the Division of Government & Community Relations, serving as supervisor and mentor to multiple teams of staff. This also includes oversight and management of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
  • Serve as the university’s liaison with all levels of government (federal, state, local). Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for legislative advocacy on state and federal policy issues as well as funding for university priorities, including management of contracts with lobbying firms in Albany and Washington DC, liaison with advocacy organizations including the NYS Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and others as needed.
  • Serve as key university liaison with regional economic development organizations (Greater Rochester Enterprise, ROC2025, Regional Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation) in the development and execution of strategies and opportunities for talent development and retention, business attraction and economic growth and development.
  • Serve as liaison with local government (Town of Henrietta, City of Rochester and Monroe County) to ensure necessary and important communication and coordination on issues impacting the local community.
  • Member of the leadership team for the university’s $1 billion “blended campaign” Transforming RIT: The Campaign for Greatness. Work closely with the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations to identify and pursue funding opportunities for facilities, programs and other university priorities.
  • Lead the planning and execution of multiple university events and functions including groundbreakings, dedications, United Way Campaign, and signature events such as Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival, and Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend. Also ensure the continued enhancements and budgetary oversight of RIT’s enterprise event management and room reservation system.
  • Provide leadership, coordination and guidance for RIT’s participation in community events and programs, in consultation with other university partners, e.g. events such as the Rochester Top 100 celebration, other major community award events and programs focused on community issues such as economic development forums.
  • Administer and manage the university’s Political and Legislative Activities Policy in consultation and coordination with the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Legal Affairs.
  • Serve as a member of the RIT President’s Cabinet and Administrative Council.
  • Maintain a leadership style that is open and fluid and that empowers staff through active communication and delegation.
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