Government Relations Manager

19 Jun, 2019


Government Relations Manager

Community Transit
Everett, WA


Under general supervision, manages and implements the government relations program of Community Transit.  This includes managing the agency’s government affairs strategy and activities, representing the agency’s interests before local, state and federal elected officials, assisting in the Agency’s legislative advocacy efforts and working with public affairs team members and with staff across the agency to promote the interests of the agency in the local community.  Advises CEO, senior staff and Board of Directors regarding government relations programs. Coordinates with Communications team to accomplish all public information, legislative and promotional goals of the agency.


Essential Duties

Guides the development of the agency’s state and federal legislative agenda, communicating and advocating the agency’s interests before Congress and the state legislature.

  1. Coordinates with agency’s contract lobbyist (works with state legislators and officials to implement our legislative agenda) and (internal) local public affairs specialist and other agency staff as appropriate.
  2. Monitors local, state and national political developments, trends, initiatives, ballot measures, and elections.
  3. Coordinates and leads the agency’s interdepartmental legislative efforts.    Working with the legislative team, develops materials that set forth the agency’s interests for educating state and federal legislators, local jurisdictions, and other groups.
  4. Researches and analyzes current or pending federal and state legislation and legislative trends, and advises on impacts to the agency.  Recommends strategies for responding to or influencing legislation and proposed regulatory changes.
  5. Compiles data, prepares analytical reports and provides policy briefings to enable the Director, staff, board and lobbyist to support the agency’s interests at the local, state and federal levels.
  6. Represents the agency at hearings, briefings, and other local, state or federal legislative or organizational meetings.  Maintains positive relationships with local, state and federal government officials, agencies and staff, and relevant industry and community groups.  Partners with community leaders and partner agencies on areas of common interest, and coordinates with representatives from partner agencies and jurisdictions to achieve alignment.
  7. Provides content and assists with preparing speeches, legislative testimony, and correspondence on legislative issues and events for the Director, CEO, board members and staff.
  8. As appropriate, represents Director on APTA Legislative Committee, WSTA Executive Committee and at other meetings, and advises Director on state and national industry and intergovernmental issues.
  9. Attends area business, jurisdictional and community meetings as appropriate, representing the agency’s interests.


  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in government, public administration, political science, or related field.
  2. Five years’ experience in research and analysis of policy, legislation and political issues.
  3. Five years’ experience in coordination and interaction with Boards and elected officials.
  4. Five years’ experience in public speaking and/or experience as a staff member for a Member of Congress or State legislator.



Advanced Degree.

Entry Requirements for: Knowledge and Skills


Qualification to enter this position requires knowledge of the following:

  1. Local, state and federal legislative processes.
  2. Local, state and federal political issues.
  3. Local, state and federal public officials.
  4. Public Disclosure Commission law, rules and regulations.
  5. Principles and practices of negotiations and advocating.
  6. Correct English spelling, punctuation, grammar, speech and diction.
  7. Issue research, analysis and evaluation.
  8. Multi-media techniques and processes.

Qualification to enter this position requires skill in:

  1. Organizing, managing and leading projects and people.
  2. Persuasion and advocacy.
  3. Performing policy analysis and making recommendations.
  4. Analyzing complex political and technical issues.
  5. Analyzing and communicating legislation to broad audiences.
  6. Working independently and exercising sound judgment.
  7. Negotiation and conflict resolution.
  8. Clear, concise and persuasive oral and written communications, including speechwriting, correspondence and active listening.
  9. Communication and interpersonal relations as applied to interaction with elected officials and representatives of federal, state and local government, other transit officials, coworkers, Director, the Board of Directors, and the general public, sufficient to exchange information, persuade, and to give/receive work direction.
  10. Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with all employees, supervisors, managers, executive team and Board members as well as outside agencies and the public.
  11. Preparing and delivering oral presentations.
  12. Writing, editing and proofing a variety of materials.
  13. Operating modern office and audio-visual equipment.



Selection Process – Applicants who meet minimum requirements may be scheduled for an interview & tests to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.


Application Process – Apply on-line and include resume, cover letter and answer supplemental questions.    Incomplete applications will not be considered.


1st consideration to applicants who apply by Sunday, July 15, 2019.

We would like to remind you of the Employment of Relatives Policy. If you believe that you would be in violation of this policy if hired into this position, please consult with the HR Recruiter. Community Transit provides a tobacco-free & drug-free work environment. As a recipient of federal funds, Community Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer & does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by Federal, State or Local law. We value and encourage diversity in our workforce. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

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Job posted: 2019-06-19