President is primary contact
The president is the senior government relations official of Memorial University and the principal contact between politicians and the university.
Memorial’s vice-presidents serve as primary government relations contacts in areas of specific responsibility. For example, the vice-president (academic)/provost may interact with senior officials in the Department of Advanced Education and Skills and elsewhere in government. The vice-president (research) is a principal contact with federal granting agencies. The vice-president (finance and administration) is in direct contact with senior government budgeting officials.
Areas of mutual interest
Similarly, some deans and directors have high-level contacts with governments and departments in areas where there are mutual interests (e.g. science and innovation, culture, etc.).
The director of public affairs in the Division of Marketing and Communications supports and enhances the president’s and vice-presidents’ roles and supports the government relations roles of other senior university leaders in their interactions with government
Formal invitations from faculties and units to politicians (premier, ministers, mayors, councilors and other elected representatives) in particular, should be co-ordinated with the Office of the President.
The Office of the President should be alerted to all interactions with senior government officials (both elected and non-elected), particularly formal visits to campuses and facilities, requests for government funding or support, etc.
Regulatory and legislative
The university is obliged by legislation to report specific activity to the provincial and federal governments. Public Affairs assists with themes and messages.
Provincial (Transparency and Accountability legislation):
Relationship building and sustaining:
The public affairs office facilitates two-way flow of information between the university and government to enhance bilateral understanding.
Internal stakeholder support
External stakeholder support