Government Relations Director-Student Hourly

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Student Senate is the primary advocate for students on campus. As one of higher education's finest models of self-governance, 110 senators and 11 executive staff members work together to allocate about $25 million in student fees in ways that best serve students. Student Senate also represents the KU student voice within University, State, and National Governance, working to address and develop policy in students' best interests.

The main responsibility for this position is to be the study body’s political liaison to local, state, and national elected officials.

Job Description

The Government Relations Director shall have the following job responsibilities:
  • Serve as a political liaison to the Student Body President, the Student Executive Committee, and the Student Senate on community, state, and national issues.
  • Attend legislative and policy-making functions of the following bodies, including, but not limited to, the Board of Regents, Governor of Kansas, the Kansas Legislature, the United States Congress, the Lawrence City Commission meetings, community and campus activist groups gatherings and any others as directed by the Student Body President, the Student Executive Committee, or the Student Senate for the purpose of gathering information. This will be done by attending city council meetings one a month, attending county commission meetings one a month, and once a month sending a newsletter/debrief of what has general been happening in Student Senate to the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas D.C. delegation
  • Direct and organize nonpartisan political education of the student body, by means including, but not limited to, candidate debates, voter registration efforts, get-out the-vote drives, voter guides, policy forums, and any other functions as directed by the Student Body President, the Student Executive Council, or the Student Senate.
  • Relay relevant information obtained from legislative and policy-making functions that is of importance to students to the Student’s Assembly by placing such items on the Issues Agenda of a Student’s Assembly meeting. This information shall also be relayed to the membership of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Plan the Holidays and Higher Ed networking event in November or December for students to get connected with the KU administration, as well as local and state leaders.
  • Formulate a legislative agenda for the Kansas Board of Regents Higher Education Day and Big XII on the Hill in Washington, D.C., that includes the perspective of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Students Assembly and Student Executive Council.
  • Organize and plan the Spring 2024 Big XII on the Hill Conference.
  • Be responsible for other tasks as may be assigned by the Student Senate Constitution, the Student Body President, the Student Executive Council, or the Student’s Assembly.

Required Qualifications

  1. Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at KU Lawrence campus.
  2. Available on Wednesday nights from 5pm-10pm for Student Senate meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prior experience with political awareness activities.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete application includes:
  • Completion of online application
  • Must include resume and PowerPoint presentation explaining what you are looking to accomplish through the role.
  • Resume should include any skills, qualifications, and/or experiences that would be applicable to this position.
Review of applications begins May 22, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Madison Orrange, Student Senate Coordinator, Student Involvement and Leadership Center

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

15 hours per week (10 hours per week during winter break)

Anticipated Start Date

Monday August 21, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25244BR
  • Department:  Student Senate
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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