Management Analyst II (Government Relations)

Santa Clara Valley Water District
San Jose, CA
Posted: 06.24.2016

Would you like to make a difference by having an impact on public policy?
Do you enjoy interaction with the public, legislators and special interest groups?
Think quickly on your feet and enjoy being busy while juggling competing priorities?
Thrive on dealing with complex issues?
Then if you have a strong background in legislative and public policy analysis this is the job for you!

Broadly, this position will provide professional and analytical assistance in the administration and management of the local and regional government relations program; conduct analyses of proposed local and regional legislation on District functions and programs, make recommendations; attend and advocate during external meetings in order to influence stakeholders and external associations, develop and implement new strategic outreach programs by engaging and providing information to local elected officials, businesses, ethnic and diverse groups, minorities and other community leaders, represent the District and make presentations to various boards, commissions, committees, city councils, and outside agencies as necessary, and perform a variety of analytical duties relative to the local and regional government relations program.

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:
•       Analyze and evaluate critical and current legislation, determine possible effects upon the District, make recommendations, and support and advocate on legislation (including the District’s high priority legislation) on behalf of District policy objectives with local and regional government and advocacy stakeholder groups and external associations and groups.
•       Monitor local government agendas by identifying items of interest to the District and taking appropriate action.
•       Analyze and process community sponsorships, including evaluating applications and formulating recommendations for funding.
•       Assist with coordination of the annual Water Walk Tour and other strategic tours throughout the year, arrange and prepare materials for Brown Bag Seminars on government affairs topics, assist with coordinating and conducting the community service program.
•       Prepare specific speaking points, white papers, and other advocacy materials for presentation to external policy and decision makers on a regular basis, including preparing materials such as speaking points and briefings for Mayor/City Manager meetings, newly-elected and newly-appointed member briefings, and attending meetings as assigned.
•       Engage local and regional government and advocacy stakeholder bodies and external associations and groups, including testifying on behalf of the District’s policy objectives on a regular basis.
•       Support the unit’s needs for booths and events during festival season, and other duties required by the local government relations program.
•       This position must be able to evaluate and engage with diverse audiences with whom the District interacts, form relationships and coalitions with one or more of those groups depending on the initiative being advanced, and carry out the implementation of specific program goals at the direction of the Program Administrator.
Ideal candidate’s background includes:
•       BS degree – political science, public policy, law, environmental studies, urban planning, marketing, engineering, communications, public relations or public affairs.
•       Master’s or JD degree preferred.
•       Strong legislative and public policy analysis experience, including developing recommendations and advocating for them.
•       Experience serving public agencies or organizations at the local and regional level (cities, counties, special districts, nonprofits, stakeholder groups, etc).
•       Extensive experience engaging and influencing elected officials, boards, committees, agencies and/or key advocacy stakeholders.
•       Strong familiarity with local and regional stakeholder groups of many types (business, environmental, diverse, civic, etc).
•       Knowledge of local and regional processes for agenda items, legislation.
•       Ability to thrive under pressure while juggling competing priorities without missing deadlines or milestones.
•       Excellent communications skills–ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
•       Experience organizing events and tours for decision makers and advocacy stakeholders to achieve outcomes.
•       Ability to jump right into any task, and also think on his/her feet quickly in order to handle any complex task suddenly handed to them.
Experience:

Two years of experience equivalent to the level of Management Analyst I (total of four years of experience).

Training:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, accounting, finance, or a related field (such as Political Science, Public Policy, Government Affairs, International Affairs, Communications, or Marketing). Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one-half years of experience for one year of education to a maximum of four years.

$ 7,637.07 – $ 9,774.27 per month – based on a seven-step plan
$ 91,644.80 – $ 117,291.20 annually – based on a seven-step plan

Closing Date for Applications: Friday, July 8th, 2016 by 5:00 pm.

For detailed information regarding requirements and qualifications for this opening and to apply online, please see the job posting by clicking on the following link.

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