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Vice President for Government Relations

Michigan State University is conducting a search for its next Vice President for Government Relations.

Position Overview

Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to fill the position of Vice President for Government Relations (VPGR).  The VPGR develops, articulates, and executes the university’s comprehensive government relations strategy across all levels of government, representing all MSU locations and campuses in furtherance of the university’s mission and priorities. The VPGR reports to the MSU president.  

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in government relations beyond a four-year college degree.
  • Experience working successfully with government officials, especially elected officials and their staff.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and cultivating a high-performing team addressing complex and wide-ranging issues, including staff management, development, motivation, mentorship, delegation, and retention in an inclusive environment. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the workings of local, state, and federal government, and expertise in politics and/or public policy and economic development.

Recruitment Timeline

Applications are under review.

Finalists will undergo on-site interviews, engaging with representatives from designated key stakeholder groups. It is Michigan State University's practice to not release the names of candidates involved in the interview and search process except as required by law. In accordance with the State of Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MSU may be required to release the names of finalists in the search. Candidates will be notified prior to being selected as a finalist.

MSU Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 

Michigan State University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. 

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