Director of Federal Relations
Office of Research and Economic Development
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its Office of Research and Economic Development invite applications for a Director of Federal Relations position. In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and the Chancellor, the job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Advance UNL’s relationship with Nebraska’s congressional delegation, congressional staff, federal funding agencies, and government officials;
  • Serve as the primary liaison between UNL and congressional members and staff, as well as federal agencies on issues important to UNL;
  • Communicate UNL’s position on federal and state issues of importance to policymakers;
  • Help increase federal research funding;
  • Strengthen UNL’s presence on and contributions to national and state panels, policy boards, and commissions;
  • Identify, monitor, and analyze federal legislative and budget issues and opportunities for faculty to participate in hearings, task forces, forums, and advisory groups;
  • Promote UNL’s research growth and policy agenda with federal agencies and congressional members;
  • Respond to legislative inquiries and engage in strategic planning and issues management.

This position will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and performance will be reviewed at least annually according to university policy.

A bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of four years’ experience in federal or state government relations or public policy is required. Other required qualifications include: demonstrated competence in high-level communications and organization; knowledge of Congress, the federal executive branch and state government; ability to present scientific information clearly to elected officials and staff; and proficiency in typical software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree and an understanding of the role and responsibility of federal and state government related to research universities.

To Apply: 

Review of applications will begin July 27, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, please go to, requisition F_200092, and click “Apply to this job.” Candidates should attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three letters of reference.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See