Chief Legislative Counsel

  • Dallas College
  • Dallas, Texas
  • May 07, 2022
Full time Legal Affairs

Job Description

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Chief Legislative Counsel

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Position Summary
Responsible for the overall development, coordination and implementation of DC’s governmental relations programs and services through research, strategy, influence and networking with constituencies – public, private, internal and external to the district. Collaborates with the Chancellor, executive staff and other stakeholders to further DC’s vision as it responds to the changing needs of the DC community network.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Understanding of the external political environment and political developments and how they affect higher education. Track record of influencing stakeholders, and understanding of opportunities and risks of working collaboratively with other stakeholders. Experience in developing and implementing effective governmental affairs strategies. Sound analytical and fact-finding skills, and ability to identify and understand key issues. Experience in drafting formal legislation.

Ability to develop and recommend short and long range governmental relations goals; directs all aspects of civic participation, government relations, media and marketing relations. Demonstrated direct and successful experience in working with local, state and/or federal policy makers. Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply related federal, state, local laws. Sound knowledge of the workings of government and parliamentary procedure and good political judgement.

Pro-active and self-motivated with strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Has served on executive committees and councils in the areas of governmental relations. Helped develop and maintain legislative contacts at the local, state, and federal level. Primary contact for legislative and other public/governmental agencies, using political acumen and influence to promote positive action.

Persuasive and diplomatic manner required to build clear, evidence-based arguments about complex issues to promote particular viewpoints. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to monitor legislative and regulatory activities. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and other information. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Ability to present complex information in a way that is straightforward to understand, whether in writing or verbally. Experience writing clear, concise and persuasive copy for a range of audiences and in a variety of formats. Demonstrated experience and ability to deliver professional presentations. Strong knowledge and experience in providing effective customer service.

Physical Requirements
Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with physical challenges to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Knowledge and Experience
• Masters’ degree or higher in a related field such political science, social science or public administration or equivalency consisting of 10-12 years’ experience in Head of Legislative Affairs or similar leadership role; J.D. preferred
• Five or more years of work-related experience as head of legislative affairs or similar position for a large corporation or educational institution managing similar strategic business operations
• Demonstrated organizational, planning and/or project management experience
• Official transcripts required.
• Must be willing to travel as needed.
• Must have valid driver’s license.
***Will be subject to a criminal background check. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check.***
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Serves in an advisory capacity to Chancellor and Board of Trustees regarding changes in policies and practices. Ability to develop and/or strengthen internal and external networks in support of DC and Board initiatives and to identify areas of critical importance to be included in DC’s governmental relations plans, updating as necessary. Establishes district strategies, policies and plans which align with governmental laws, regulations and standards. Leads analysis of proposed legislative actions, determines the potential impact on the district and develops appropriate responses.

Monitors political environment and provides timely feedback to Chancellor and other relevant internal staff regarding major or unusual developments in governmental affairs related to higher education and/or community relations; regularly prepares a summary report for the DC senior leadership team. Drafts legislation and public policies to be submitted on behalf of the DC. Ability to work under pressure, handling multiple projects/priorities and meeting deadlines with tight schedules. Works closely with General Counsel to ensure consistent understanding and implementation of related legislation.

Maintains an effective roster of parliamentarians, civil servants and third parties, ensuring good relationships with key decision makers across these audiences. Serves as a member of the leadership team and represents the district at relevant stakeholder meetings. Develops and maintains relationships with local, state, and federal officials through individual networking as well as formal organizational interactions. Coordinates DC advocacy team membership, and facilitates agendas and discussion.

Works with the state legislature during the legislative session to formulate, track and support legislation favorable to the community college and to secure funding and support. Maintains and nurtures relationships with government, associated authorities and all committees that legislatively represent and protect DC’s interests. Prepares a Governmental Affairs newsletter designed to build and maintain constituent interest.

Commitment to the values of the DC, including all areas of diversity represented in the community, in our student body, and in our faculty/staff. Ability to work with diverse, multicultural stakeholders and constituents to assess needs and develop appropriate programs to help achieve the mission, vision and goals of the district.
Performs other duties as assigned.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbents may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Position requires regular and predictable attendance.

Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans Act.

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