University of Oregon Government and Community Relations (GCR) coordinates the university’s legislative and advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. GCR’s mission is to build and strengthen relationships with the university's constituencies and encourage investment in and support for the university, its programs, and its initiatives.
UO Government and Community Relations is seeking a student Office/Legislative Assistant. The Office/Legislative Assistant will assist with administrative tasks, research, correspondence, and projects. This position will support the three subsidiary focuses pursued by GCR:
Federal Affairs coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to the federal government and Congress. Responsibilities for this position include drafting correspondence, background research projects on policy makers and university activities that receive federal funding.
State Affairs coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to its state financial support and legislative priorities. Responsibilities for this position include tracking legislation, research on state elected officials, maintaining GCR's contact information database on influential Oregonians, and drafting correspondence.
Community Relations serves as the liaison between the community and the university. The mission of this unit is to foster good relations and open communication with local governments, surrounding neighborhoods, civic and community-based organizations, and the local business community. Responsibilities for this position include assisting with updating lists and preparing materials for community events and university-sponsored activities.
Other tasks include drafting correspondence, staffing GCR events, and other support for GCR staff as requested. This position is supervised by the Director of Intergovernmental Relations, and will also receive tasks from other GCR staff members.
Description of duties:
• draft correspondence
• monitor legislation
• track UO contacts with elected and public officials
• prepare packets and other leave-behind materials
• update lists
• other tasks as assigned including copying, printing, collating, managing materials and attending GCR-related events
1. Demonstrated interest in politics, public policy, and/or community engagement, preferred;
2. High level of professionalism
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills
4. Database and digital communications skills, including experience with Excel, constituent database management, and/or social media
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably a short policy focused paper or article no more than a page—an excerpt is acceptable), and the contact information for three references to email@example.com. Include "Office/Legislative Assistant" in the subject line, and tell us if you have a workstudy award we would be able to use. Work study eligibility is preferred but not required. Closing date is September 29, 2017. GCR will review applications as they are received until the position is filled.