This recruitment is open until filled. First review of applications on December 5, 2016
The Director of the Division of Policy and Public Affairs will assume responsibility of all public affairs and legislative matters at SCAG and collaboratively lead the implementation of SCAG’s adopted policies at the Federal and State level. The Director of Policy and Public Affairs is a key member of the senior management team who participates fully in establishing and accomplishing agency-wide objectives and goals. The role requires significant experience either working with elected officials or in government, politics or a public agency as well as an ability to grasp complex technical and policy issues.
WHO WE ARE:
Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.
The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members.
The Policy and Public Affairs Division is the lead in implementing the Regional Council’s policy agenda. The primary role of the Policy and Public Affairs division is to maintain and expand governmental, community and private sector participation in the regional planning work of the Southern California Association of Governments. This is accomplished by working with cities and counties; local government officials; community, business, and labor interest groups; and the news media. The Division is responsible for, Media & Public Affairs, Legislation, and Regional Services.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Under the guidance of the Regional Council and in collaboration with our partners, our mission is to facilitate a forum to develop and foster the realization of regional plans that improve the quality of life for Southern Californians.
An international and regional planning forum trusted for its leadership and inclusiveness in developing plans and polices for a sustainable Southern California.
SCAG CORE VALUES
- Collaboration: We foster collaboration through open communication, cooperation and a commitment to teamwork.
- Service: Our commitment to service and leadership is second to none.
- Trust: The hallmark of our organization is trust and is accomplished through a professional staff, transparency in decision making and objectivity and accuracy in our day-to-day work.
- Revolutionary: We are revolutionary in our thinking to achieve a cutting edge work program that is emulated by others.
- Sustainability: We work with our partners and local governments to achieve a quality of life that provides resources for today's generation while preserving an improved quality of life for future generations.
- Empowering: The empowering of staff occurs to request initiative, confidence and creativity while promoting inclusionary decision-making.
- Rewarding: We promote a work environment that allows for professional and personal growth, recognizes astounding achievement, and makes a positive difference in the lives of the staff and the community.
WHO YOU ARE:
The ideal candidate will possess first-rate personal, political, analytical, communication and government relations skills, and the ability to establish and maintain trusting and collaborative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including government officials, community groups, the business community, the general public and media representatives. The successful candidate will have the ability to build strategic partnerships with other organizations, be attentive to the perspectives of various internal and external stakeholders, and be adaptable and reliable when faced with conflicting and changing priorities. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of current social, political and economic trends, operational challenges facing regional government, advanced marketing principles and concepts, advanced organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs. Additionally, the successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, SCAG is seeking a candidate who has a proven track record for communicating effectively, building coalitions, analyzing complex problems and gaining cooperation.
ABOUT THE POSITION
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with Regional Council, elected officials, business community leaders, interest groups, and SCAG staff.
- Develops an understanding of federal, state, and regional issues related to SCAG programs, activities, and operations to better develop policy initiatives.
- Assumes full responsibility of all public and legislative matters including management of staff and oversight of consultants to ensure that results are accomplished efficiently and in accordance with acceptable standards for quality and technical integrity, and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Advises the Regional Council, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and senior management on the political ramifications of SCAG’s actions to ensure that consistent and deliberative decision-making is affected and that Regional Council directives are incorporated into policy recommendations.
- Implements strategies to adopt Regional Council’s near and long-term legislative and policy objectives in coordination with partner agencies, such as, seeking funding for the region's priority projects.
- Develops and oversees implementation of public involvement procedures, including Title VI public participation requirements. Ensures that public hearings and workshops are effectively coordinated and staffed.
- Responsible for successful production of all SCAG Conferences and Summits, including sponsorship, content development, and event management.
- Manages SCAG's consensus advocacy trips and prioritizes advocacy activities for upcoming state and federal legislative sessions to Washington D.C. and Sacramento. Testifies at state and federal legislative hearings as necessary.
- Serves as SCAG’s chief spokesperson over legislative and public affairs matters and maintains working relationships with state and federal legislators, local elected officials, chambers of commerce, and other governmental entities.
- Directs through subordinate staff all media relations and agency communications including press releases, press conferences and publishing of the agency’s newsletters and social media feeds.
- Directs and oversees the preparation of staff reports, administrative and technical reports, contracts, and other correspondence to ensure that applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are adhered to.
- Manages the development and implementation of division goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs and services. Recommends departmental service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
- Directs and participates in the development and administration of Division budget and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary.
- Leads the Policy and Public Affairs Division in order and encourages creativity, growth, and initiative. Ensures interactive communication and feedback through meetings with staff, collaborative projects, and measured outcomes.