The University of South Alabama (USA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Governmental Relations.

Role and Responsibilities

The essential functions of the position include directing and coordinating all governmental relations activities—federal, state, and local—for the University and its hospitals and clinics; serving as principal advisor to the President and senior officers on University policy and relationships with all levels of government; establishing and cultivating relationships with governmental officials and policy makers on legislative, regulatory, and other activities to promote them best interests of the University and its health care system; providing leadership and direction for the University’s Office of Governmental Relations and coordination of the governmental relations activities of faculty, staff, administrators, and supporters; developing strategic plans to enhance the coordination and communication of the University’s position on issues relating to its teaching, research, health care, and academic medical center missions; organizing and directing the production of various Governmental Relations publications to keep the faculty, staff, and administrators apprised of government issues as they relate to the University and its health care system; using written and oral communication skills as an effective negotiator and consensus builder in the context of an academic community; developing and maintaining an extensive knowledge and understanding of issues pertaining to higher education, research, health care, and academic medical centers and their relationships to government; monitoring and analyzing state legislation and regulations with potential to affect USA; working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop state level public policy and appropriations priorities for the university; engaging with state policy makers/influencers to advocate and deliver for the university; and, serving as key representative and ambassador for the university in Montgomery, throughout the state and in Washington DC. Responsibilities will also include travel, including international, and work on nights and weekends.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred; in an appropriate area and five years of experience in governmental relations or related field. Direct or specific experience at the federal level. Strong preference for individuals with related experience in the State of Alabama, and the federal level.

University and Region

The University of South Alabama ( is a public institution and is classified as a doctoral university: high research activity.  The University is a major center of high-quality undergraduate, graduate, medical and professional education located on the upper Gulf Coast, enrolling approximately 15,000 students.  USA recently embarked on an ambitious strategic plan to focus on five institutional priorities: student success and access, enhancement of research and graduate education, global engagement, excellence in health care, and university-community and engagement.  The University of South Alabama offers more than 30 graduate and professional degree programs across ten colleges and schools.

The University is located in Mobile, Alabama (, recognized as a vibrant business, cultural, and recreational hub, located on Mobile Bay and conveniently positioned between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans.  Mobile is experiencing an economic surge across industry sectors, including aerospace, shipping and maritime interests, and healthcare. The University of South Alabama plays a critical role in this ongoing regional economic growth.

Application Process

Applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of at least five professional references. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to March 20, 2019 to the search firm assisting the University of South Alabama at the address below.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900 | Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 ext. 113

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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