SUMMARY: AC Transit is looking for a Director of Legislative Affairs & Community Relations. Under administrative direction, develops, directs and manages the District's community relations outreach programs and public policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. This is an excellent opportunity to work on amazing capital projects at one of the largest bus agencies in California. In addition to working with some of the best in the business, AC Transit also has an excellent benefits package that includes pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending and a 457 savings plan.
REPRESENTATIVE FUNCTIONS: • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for assigned projects and programs; develops and monitors work assignments, work standards, and the performance of assigned staff. • Examines, analyzes, and responds to proposed and adopted legislation, as well as ideas, plans, and initiatives from community groups and the general public; and evaluates the impact to the District. • Briefs the Board of Directors regularly regarding special projects and media commentary. • Meets with external stakeholder groups in support of District priorities; including public and elected officials, funding agencies, chambers of commerce, environmentalists, community organizations, and businesses. • Manages the District's campaigns to provide public information regarding ballot measures or parcel taxes designed to increase or augment operating revenues. • Procures and manages external lobbying and communications vendors in support of District needs. • Directs the development of a wide variety of analytical studies, as well as periodic and ad-hoc reports; and makes presentations to the Executive Staff, Board of Directors, and the general public. • Represents the District with a number of transportation and regional associations such as the California Transit Association to develop policies, strategies, and campaigns in support of statewide public transit. • Directs and supervises the preparation and administration of the annual budget for the work unit and assigned programs, and monitors expenditures. • Confers with other District management regarding issues within the assigned scope of responsibility, and ensures that governmental and District policy regulations are followed. • Confers with other District management regarding community relations issues and legislative affairs, and ensures that governmental and District policy regulations are followed. • Maintains responsibility for the selection, supervision, training, motivation, evaluation and discipline of assigned professional staff; and ensures the development of technical skills and competencies. • May act as District spokesperson to a wide variety of governmental organizations, community groups and institutions, the news media, and the general public. • Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in political science, communications, journalism, marketing, or a closely related field.
Experience: Eight (8) years of recent and verifiable experience in communications, media affairs, marketing, governmental affairs, legislative analysis, or lobbying; including a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory/management experience.
Highly Desirable: The ability to work outside regular business hours due to the demands of business, to meet deadlines, and to attend external meetings and events. Strong leadership skills and knowledgeable with public policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Physical Requirements: Must maintain the physical condition necessary to: (1) perform tasks in an office setting operating a personal computer, keyboards, and other peripheral equipment; and (2) possess physical mobility in order to travel as required by the demands of the job.
THIS POSITION IS AN UNREPRESENTED AT-WILL POSITION The Selection Process: The Human Resources department must receive a completed online application by the filling date. If this recruitment is "Continuous," it may be closed at any time without notice. Applications will be screened for job related qualifications, and those candidates who best meeting the qualifications listed on this Job Announcement will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include written, oral and/or performance segments. Current District employees must have satisfactory attendance and performance records up to and throughout the recruitment process. Finalists will be placed on a ranked Eligibility List. When filling vacancies, the Human Resources Department will refer the top candidates to the hiring department for final screening and recommendation. Per Board Policy, selected candidates may require background checks performed on their criminal and/or financial records.
Benefits: All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016, will be in the District's Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, he/she may be required to contribute 6% or more of annual income towards the cost of his/hers District pension.
ADA Compliant and Drug Free Workplace: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you have a need for an accommodation, please call Human Resources at (510) 891-4783.
The Alameda Contra Costa Transit District has established the goal of a 100 percent drug and alcohol-free workplace. Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and those in safety sensitive positions will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing through their period of employment, including random drug and alcohol testing.