Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer

  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Evansville, IN, USA
  • Jun 22, 2018
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer. Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 11,000 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 100 areas of study. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 16,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement. USI is online at

Reporting directly to the President, the Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer serves as the USI's principal liaison to local, state and federal government and seeks to develop strong, collaborative relationships with policymakers including members and staff of the Indiana General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Office of Management and Budget as well as related associations, groups and organizations locally, throughout the State of Indiana and at the federal level. The Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer provides legal counsel and guidance to the President, Board of Trustees and other members of the University community on a broad range of legal matters relevant to the institution including compliance, contracts and grant management, employment, general business law policies and procedures, laws pertaining to students, real estate transactions and other laws and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, direct and develop the presentation of operating and capital budget requests and other supporting or requested material to the Indiana General Assembly and other state agencies, including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Legislative Council, Indiana State Budget Agency, Legislative Services Agency and other state agencies.
  • Conduct review of bills introduced by the Indiana General Assembly, seek input from various University departments concerning proposed legislation and monitor legislation throughout the legislative session. Develop and present the University's position on proposed legislation; serve as a clearing house of the status of legislation both pending and enacted. Work with legislators and legislative staff to respond to bills of interest. Update and advise the Board of Trustees, University leadership and staff about relevant policy proposals and action.
  • Meet on a regular basis throughout the year with legislators, legislative and state agency fiscal and policy staff and other officials responsible for postsecondary education funding to maintain productive working relationships between the University of Southern Indiana and state government. Work closely with legislators and legislative staff in the analysis and impact of funding models.
  • Collaborate with other Indiana public universities on a regular basis during legislative sessions and periodically during the rest of the year, to develop communications with legislators regarding higher education policy, operating and capital needs.
  • Provide leadership in formulating and implementing institutional strategies for anticipating legal issues and risk, preparing drafts and reviewing legal documents including contracts, memoranda of agreement, policies and procedures. Advise management, including the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board, on issues related to federal, state and local laws and rules.

Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Required Education: Law degree; Masters/Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school. Must be licensed to practice in Indiana.
  • Five years' experience with increasing levels of responsibility preferably in higher education, with the ability to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of state and/or federal legislative process and legal issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in a position requiring the use of analytical skills, including the ability to organize, interpret, integrate and present data in a clear and concise fashion.
  • Knowledge of major areas of law and issues affecting higher education organizations including contracts, construction and real estate law, licensing, compliance and regulatory issues, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, employment and athletics.
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, for a wide variety of administrative and legislative-related functions. Strong relationship building, collaboration and interpersonal skills are necessary.
  • High ethical standards with a strong moral compass, integrity and perseverance.
  • Knowledge of lobbying rules and requirements.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal legislative and executive process, including budget and appropriations processes working knowledge of higher education bill tracking systems.

Regular Work Hours/Travel Requirements:

  • Standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. when the state legislature is not in session.
  • Irregular hours including weekends and nights may be required. During the legislative session must be on-call to attend various legislative meetings at any time of day or night.
  • There is significant overnight travel involved with this position to attend legislative sessions and attend state and federal level meetings.

To learn more about the position and to apply, please visit

For best consideration, please submit materials before July 11, 2018.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the University of Southern Indiana considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or marital status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other category protected by law or identified by the University as a protected class.

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