The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. Colorado Springs, (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.


The Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs will work closely with the Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement to advance the university's efforts in developing and maintaining the university's partnership and advocacy programs. Identifying and engaging stakeholders at the local level and partnering across the business, non-profit and civic leadership in El Paso County.  The Director will work closely with local elected officials along with city and county government to advance the University's mission and vision.  In addition, the Director will work closely with CU's Office of Government Relations to advance the University's relationships in Washington DC and state government and will provide strategic counsel and assistance regarding legislative and political issues.
Job Duties
Public Partnerships
  • Identify key areas of opportunity and engagement for companies to work with the University
  • Identify financial resources and assist in developing potential partnerships
  • Represent the University when appropriate in educating and informing external constituents.
  • Provide strategic counsel on controversial issues or capturing opportunity.
  • Engage in relevant community initiatives and events to ensure that a UCCS presence is at major events.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on issues that blend university and community needs.
  • Liaison to the Regional Connect Committee.
  • Grow and manage partnerships with external community partners that will enhance the reputation of the University.
  • Contribute to long-term engagement strategies for the University.
  • Identify organization’s who are strategically aligned with the University and committed to the success of the University.
  • Develop strong, long-term partnerships with the relevant people and organizations.
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of new partnerships and government relationships across a variety of different potential areas of impact.
Governmental Affairs
  • Collaborate with CU Government Relations to develop and maintain effective lines of communication with state and federal public elected officials regarding issues that impact the University.
  • Responsible as the primary liaison between the University and local elected officials.
  • Attend and participate in meetings held with government leaders and political candidates to advance the goals of the University.
  • Obtains proposed legislation and regulations for submission to committee for analysis and recommendations; obtains relevant information on state and national issues and distributes to the committee and membership.
  • Establish and maintains relationships with organizations and serves as a liaison between the local, state and national associations on public policy issues
  • Monitors committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as between sessions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, develop partnerships and navigate the complexities of government.
  • Collaborate with, where appropriate, alliances with organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. that advance issues important to the University.
  • Understand, be familiar with, and have experience in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
  • Work closely with the CU Office of Government Relations in Washington D.C. to communicate, coordinate and develop programs with the federal delegation.
  • Facilitate and coordinate all public policy issues for the Chancellor and Vice-chancellors, providing a central platform for more effectiveness.
  • Serve as the legislative liaison for the UCCS campus, working with the CU System government affairs team while establishing a strong connection with local officials and community advocates.

Knowledge. Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience in planning, developing and implementing programs.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with all segments of the University community.
  • Conflict management and resolution skills.
  • Experience in public policy development and government relations.
  • Experience developing working relationships in the community and region.
  • Must be able to work in a fluid environment.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must have proven experience in board management, communications, community relations, advocacy and public policy, technology, fundraising, operations and administrative skills.
  • Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Have strong negotiation skills.
  • Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
  • Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
  • A strong history of building partnerships with agencies or organizations that are associated with the US government.
  • An exceptional network of contacts within the local government community and the ability to leverage that network to facilitate new opportunities.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

This position reports directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor of University Advancement

Salary Range: $75,000 – $82,000
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at
The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living, and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.





Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • 3-5 years’ experience creating community partnerships in alignment of organizational goals within Colorado.
  • 3-5 years’ experience collaborating with local and state government, such as a current member of civic organizations in Colorado Springs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from accredited institution.
  • 3 years’ experience working with organizational leadership.
  • Have current contacts within local government, community partners and collaborators.
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