Executive Director of Government Relations
Compensation and Benefits
The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan
(MPP) position with an attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month;
12+ paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance; and
retirement benefits. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here
Reporting directly to the President, the Executive Director of Government Relations is responsible for all local, state and federal governmental and advocacy programs for Fresno State. The Executive Director is principally responsible for the development and management of strategies to inform and influence public policy at the local, state and federal levels on issues and in areas of interest to Fresno State and to advise Fresno State on legislative matters that may affect it.
The Executive Director is responsible for managing a wide range of complex and politically sensitive legislative, funding, and issue-oriented interactions as well as campus initiatives designed to advance the mission and priorities of the campus. In conjunction with senior campus leadership, this position shares responsibility for elevating the visibility and public funding for the campus. The Executive Director will mediate and/or advocate for Fresno State interests and build relations with other organizations and entities whose interests are similar or whose functions affect Fresno State.
Given the importance of coordinating government relations across the University, the Executive Director is responsible for working in conjunction with a variety of individuals across the campus as well as in the systemwide Chancellor’s Office.
- Detailed knowledge of the organization, functions, process and procedures of the California Legislature, Executive Branch, and/or state higher education.
- Knowledge and experience in regards to policy making at both the State and Federal levels.
- Understanding of California’s budgetary and policy support for the California State University.
- Knowledge of higher education current issues and challenges.
- Detailed knowledge of Central Valley’s federal and tribal representatives.
- Detailed knowledge of the governing bodies of local surrounding counties and cities.
- Knowledge of campus policies and initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued
To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a legislative or higher education office.
Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.
Equal Employment Opportunity Information
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.
Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.