East King County Community & Government Relations Manager

03 Sep, 2019


East King County Community & Government Relations Manager

Port of Seattle
Seattle, WA

Job Description

The East King County Community and Government Relations Manager develops community and government engagement strategies, manages community relations and public policy issues, and builds relationships with business and community leaders, city administrators, and elected officials to advance the Port’s Century Agenda objectives.  This position works with the Port Commission, Executive Leadership Team, and the Directors of Community Engagement and Government Relations to develop collaborative strategies with East King County communities and local governments to enhance the Port’s partnerships.

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leads efforts to advance and achieve port-wide Century Agenda objectives through collaborative engagement with local business and community leaders, elected officials, and city administrators in the East King County cities/areas. Identify emerging issues, developing community and government relations strategies, and building relationships to successfully advance the Port’s business goals.  Utilizes extensive community relations and political judgement to incorporate policy guidance and direct involvement of Port Commissioners, Executive Director and Team, and Community and Government Relations Directors in building strong community and local government presence.

Acts as the Port’s community outreach liaison throughout East King County cities, working closely with various stakeholder groups. Attends and participates in public meetings to share port updates and keeps apprised of community interests, concerns, plans and opportunities for support. Maintains up to date information on East King County issues and interests.  Manages Port involvement in memberships, events, programs, sponsorships, presentations throughout East King County cities.  Supports Commissioner involvement on the board of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Engages in the strategic calendaring process and preparation for commissioners and executives including event summaries and background information and coordination of public remarks. Provides staffing to commissioners and executives, as needed. Evaluates and responds to sponsorship opportunities, tour and program requests and coordinates with divisions on business value and involvement.

Extensive knowledge of working with community and business leaders, elected officials and city administrators of local governments of varying sizes.  Deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes at the local level. Strong understanding of each city’s key priorities, current challenges, and a working knowledge of the backgrounds and influencers of decisions makers, city/community leadership, and key staff commensurate with the cities’ connectivity to Port issues and operations, economic partnership projects, and external political importance. Strong understanding of how community voices and media coverage shapes and influences public policy.

Outstanding team player with a focus on big-picture success. A trusted partner and collaborator.  Effectively employs both written and verbal communications. Highly effective partnership-building skills and ability to craft win-win solutions to complex issues and challenges. Proactive, positive, goal-oriented and high-energy.  Generous information sharing capabilities and awareness of times for discretion.  Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and strong command of the Port’s business drivers and Century Agenda priorities.

Must have the political acumen and ability to thoroughly analyze issues, anticipate the opportunities/challenges, and develop strategies for success. Must be able to relate in a positive manner to senior staff and policy managers to carry out priorities.  Ability to work directly with operational personnel to implement port programs by obtaining permits, funding and other entitlements. Ability to analyze issues at both a detailed and concise/prioritized high level and discerns what information is needed in a particular situation. Ability to execute event management and engage the proper stakeholders throughout the program planning.  Ability in the use of technology including social media.  Highly independent and ability to self-direct.

Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy, or related field; and
  • Seven (7) years of experience working directly with community and business leaders, elected officials, city administrators at the local level to advance policy objectives and community partnerships.


  • Master’s degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Executive Development or related field; and/or
  • Ten (10) or more years’ experience as a seasoned community-government relations manager with strong existing relationships within Eastside cities and community organizations.

Work Environment

Will generally work in an office environment with regular, local travel to communities throughout King County. This role’s primary work location will be in Downtown Bellevue with regular travel to our Seattle Corporate and Sea-Tac Airport Offices as needed.

Additional Details

Driver’s License Requirement:  
A valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required as this position will be required to drive a vehicle to perform the essential functions of this role.

Weekly Standard Hours:
Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Evening and weekend work are common in this role.

EEO Statement

The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Security Requirements

AV: The successful candidate must pass a Transportation Security Administration background check. Will also be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with the FBI. Hire date will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge.

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Job posted: 2019-09-03