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Legislative and Community Relations Liaison

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus
University Relations

Full Time, Staff

  • Official Title: University Relations Specialist
  • Job ID: #16429
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Legislative and Community Relations Liaison

A full-time, professional academic staff position is available in the Facilities and University Relations department beginning on or before July 1, 2020. The working title for this assignment is Legislative and Community Relations Liaison with an official title in the University Relations Specialist.  This is a renewable assignment, contingent on performance.  The starting salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, communication or related field. Demonstrated experience in higher education advocacy.
  • Knowledge of:
      • Local, state, and federal legislative and executive processes;
      • Public affairs principles and practices;


  • Demonstrated Skills in:
      • Developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs;
      • Communicating effectively with all levels of University administration and private-sector management, boards of directors, and external individuals and groups;
      • Strategic communication;
      • Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents;
      • Legislative advocacy, negotiation and persuasion;
      • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives;
      • Critical and strategic thinking;
      • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums;
      • Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets;
      • Planning and organization;
      • Managing and coordinating special projects;
      • Attention to detail and strong follow-through;
      • Working independently, as well as with teams;
      • Working with people from diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
      • Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities
      • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness



  • Master’s degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field.



  1. In collaboration with the Chancellor, Assistant Chancellor and administrators, executes the University strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials, government agencies at all levels, and community organizations with the goal of increasing their understanding of and support for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (including UW-Eau Claire-Barron County and Marshfield campuses) and campus-community joint initiatives.
  2. Advises the Chancellor and University administrators on legislative, government and community relations issues and opportunities for the University.
  3. Monitors and provides regular updates to University leadership and staff regarding pending legislation and policy proposals.  Works with University and UW System staff to analyze potential impacts.
  4. Communicates and advocates University priorities to local, regional, state and national elected officials and staff, and UW System staff.
  5. In collaboration with Integrated Marketing and Communication, advises the Chancellor and University administrators on strategic communication issues, including environmental scanning of traditional and social media to ascertain and respond to immediate or trending legislative/community related reputational threats. Assists the IMC, Chancellor and University administrators in the production and distribution of relevant materials to the traditional news media, and social media.
  6. Coordinates government and community relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders such as the Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, economic development agencies, and other public and private partners, state and national associations, student organizations, and government relations staff from other agencies and industry. Engages constituents inside and outside the University, including shared governance groups, in support of the government and community relations agenda.
  7. Assists with the development and implementation of special projects, such as, but not limited to public-private partnerships to construct facilities, community initiatives in which the University is a partner, and economic development initiatives that benefit the region and state.
  8. Coordinates development and dissemination of a wide range of materials in support of the University’s community and government relations agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  9. Plans, implements and/or participates in events and other activities to support the University’s government and community relations goals, such as town hall meetings, campus visits, information sessions and public hearings.
  10. Writes testimony for the Chancellor and other staff appearing before legislative/governmental bodies.
  11. Writes speeches for Chancellor and other staff.
  12. Assists in operation of the Chancellor’s National Leadership Council, working with the Foundation and Chancellor to plan meetings, provide supporting documents, liaise as needed with members and provide support for scheduled calls with members.
  13. Provides technical assistance to College faculty and staff on government and community relations issues.
  14. Other related duties as assigned.


UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: .You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Legislative and Community Relations Liaison position (Job ID # 16429) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references


Please direct requests for additional information to:

Mike Rindo;


To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by April 15, 2020.  However, screening may continue until position is filled.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report. Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: