Temple opens search for senior vice president for government, community and public affairs

To ensure that Temple remains wholly engaged with its many governmental, public and neighborhood communities, the senior vice president position previously occupied by Clay Armbrister will be refocused as a Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs. The senior vice president will be responsible for all components of federal, state and city governmental affairs and all aspects of Temple’s community relations, including the Community Education Center. This redefined portfolio will allow the university to expand its resource development, political and lobbying efforts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. while working toward shared goals in the communities surrounding Temple and throughout Greater Philadelphia.

The position description is below. Should you wish to nominate a candidate for consideration, please email Judee Von Seldeneck, of Diversified Search, at

The position

Reporting directly to the President, the Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Temple University is responsible for the strategic leadership in Federal Relations, Commonwealth Relations, City Relations and Community/Neighborhood Relations. S/he is responsible for ensuring federal funding and sponsorship of major university initiatives, research, programs and capital projects as well as the highest level of funding of annual non-preferred appropriations and other annual funding from the Commonwealth.

The Senior Vice President is responsible for developing positive and productive relationships with government officials, community leaders, and various community organizations; for determining legislative strategies; and for managing legislative liaison activities through lobbyists. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Senior Vice President is responsible for advising the President, the Board of Trustees and Temple’s leadership on all government, community and public relations activities.

S/he is further responsible for the coordination, integration and representation of these activities to ensure that all communications issued by and on behalf of Temple University are presented in a manner that educates and informs key internal and external constituencies of Temple University’s initiatives, accomplishments and contributions in teaching, research and community outreach.


• Identify and/or develop opportunities for new federal, state and local funding and resources for major University initiatives, research, programs and capital projects. Ensure the highest level of federal and state funding for major University initiatives, programs, and research and capital projects.

• Identify emerging regulatory issues and emerging federal state and local legislation that may affect Temple University’s programs, mission, student body and reputation and lead the development of a strategic and organized approach for advocating Temple’s position.

• Interact with key government officials including PA Delegation, Governor’s Office, Philadelphia Delegation, Mayor’s Office and members of City Council to ensure regular communications, engagement and understanding of the University.

• Serve as policy advisor to the President of Temple University on all public policies and issues related to federal, state and local governments and the neighboring communities. Develop and prepare position statements which represent the best interests of Temple University. Build and enhance relations with external stakeholders and government officials by developing, educating and communicating Temple’s position on these policies.

• Manage relations with the community in neighborhoods immediately surrounding Temple University and manage the Community Education Center.

• Inform and advise University administrators and faculty regarding legislation and the pursuit of academic or financial objectives within the legislative and executive branches of the federal, state and local government.

• Develop and maintain systematic procedures for monitoring and analyzing relevant pending legislation and assist in the determination and communication of the University's position on such legislation.

• Provide advice and guidance to the Officers and Deans regarding trends and developments in the federal, state and local government and/or the community.

Knowledge and requirements

• Extensive working knowledge of state and federal legislative procedures and protocols community and public relations.

• Ability to provide a strategic focus for Temple’s relationships with neighboring communities; with local, state and federal governments; and with broader public audiences nationally and internationally.

• Impactful program development experience expanding economic linkages between University, the community, and the City designed to broaden and improve the interactions between the University and its neighbors.

• Must possess excellent human relations, organizational and communications skills, plus the ability to analyze, strategize and implement plans and programs to maximize advocacy efforts nationally and internationally.

• Strong mission orientation and appreciation for the identity and diversity of Temple University.

• Natural inclination to think and act institutionally as opposed to individually; a team player who works to promote the organization as a whole.

Education and experience

• Masters degree plus a minimum of 10 years experience in Government and/or Government Relations at the state, federal and/or local levels required.

• May consider equivalent combination of education and experience.