Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number HMAE1455
Advertised Title Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer
Campus Location
Position Number 020586
Category Administrative Executive
Department Office of President
Minimum Position Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
Ten (10) years or more experience in economic/business/organizational development and an extensive working knowledge of the local, state, and federal legislative processes.

Special Conditions

Strong collaboration skills with a demonstrated record of building effective relationships with the ability to influence stakeholders. Experience in a position requiring the effective use of written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience in a position requiring analytical, planning, and organizational skills.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May need to work/travel beyond normal work schedule.

Posting Date 11/09/2017
Closing Date 11/27/2017
Open Until Screening Begins No
Hiring Range Commensurate with experience
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time: Benefits Eligible
Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Additional Working Conditions

Requires travel to Nashville and other locations as necessary.

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be submitted online at
Applicants must complete all applicable sections of the online application to be considered for a position. Please upload a cover letter, resume, and reference list after completing your application, if required by the system. Required work experience is based on full time hours. Part time work experience will be prorated as listed.
Candidates who are called for an interview must notify the Department of Human Resources in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Is this posting for UofM employees only? No
Positions Supervised

Coordinator of Government, Community and Board Relations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge and understanding of matters related to higher education policy and associated political issues.

Additional Position Information

Direct report to the University President; serves as a member of the President’s Council.

Job Duties

The duties and responsibilities listed are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of the requirements of this job.

Duties & Responsibilities

Cultivates and maintains relationships with economic development partners, the business community, local government and foundations; increases internship and employment opportunities for students.

Duties & Responsibilities

Partners with external entities to grow economic development in the university areas and the cities of Memphis and Jackson, TN; identifies and develops business attraction and retention strategies.

Duties & Responsibilities

Analyzes and evaluates economic opportunities; secures funding for economic development activities, programs, and physical infrastructure resources that strengthen and enable university; directs economic development initiatives in accordance with the university’s strategic plan, vision and mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

Serves as the university’s liaison to the legislature and other government agencies and representatives; leads the university’s legislative efforts; identifies and coordinates advocacy on legislative and regulatory matters.

Duties & Responsibilities

Monitors legislation and emerging higher education policy and political issues, and provides consultation and subject matter expertise.

Duties & Responsibilities

Coordinates, develops and implements strategy for initiatives, policies, budget requests, other state and federal programs, and to increase funding; plans, directs and coordinates preparation and presentation of requests and related materials.

Duties & Responsibilities

Pursues and secures grants and other funding opportunities; collaborates with university leaders and faculty to prepare grant proposals and applications, contracts, and other necessary documents; assists with increasing research funding.

Duties & Responsibilities

Gathers information, conducts studies, and prepares reports and recommendations to achieve university goals and objectives; assists with disseminating information to external stakeholders; serves on various staff committees at the university.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References List
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript