The Senior Manager, Government Relations will advance the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA)’s objectives in the state and federal legislature, to coordinate and convey policy and regulatory guidance on rail transportation, budget, air quality conformity, safety, environmental, goods movement, governance, and other areas as they become pertinent to SCRRA business.
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SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Receives general oversight from Director or Executive level management
Responsible for supervising and monitoring performance for a regular group of employees or department
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Responsible for full management responsibility for departmental services and activities.
Manage and administer the state and federal lobbyist contracts, overseeing procurement of contracts and manage work of lobbyists to ensure achievement of legislative goals.
Monitor and coordinate drafting and submissions of SCRRA responses to emerging policy and legislation. Analyze bills and prepare statements, memos, letters and other communications related to policy issues.
Represent SCRRA at the California Transportation Association (CTA), American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legislative Committee, the Southern California Legislative Roundtable, and with other external stakeholders. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations.
Prepare quarterly FPPC reports and advises the SCRRA management about the capital and policy priorities most closely matching existing funding sources and legislative leadership interests.
Initiate and lead statewide efforts to enact legislation that supports SCRRA operations, as well as other passenger rail operators in California. Establish and cultivate long term positive relationships with elected officials, key regulatory agency personnel and external stakeholders to ensure on-going interest in multi-year, funding and or policy requests.
Ability to utilize a variety of advisory and design data and information such as surveys, service measurement results, budgets, requisition requests, personnel records, time sheets, expense reports, legal opinions, reports, policy manuals and other documents to obtain information, draw conclusions, and recommend actions.
Develop a regulatory coordination function with sufficient subject matter expertise to support SCRRA advocacy initiatives in areas such as air quality conformity, safety, environmental, goods movement, governance, and other Agency areas of interest.
Provide guidance and awareness to the internal staff who may be required to take action as a result of new or revised regulation at the local, state and/or federal level.
Prepare and present Board and Committee items that are necessary to take positions on various policies, legislation and/or regulations at the federal, state and local level.
Present before external bodies including elected official bodies on policy, legislative, regulatory, and related matters.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Business Administration, Planning or a related field.
A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in local, state and/or federal advocacy programs.
A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.
Valid Class C Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years is required.
Master’s degree in political science, law or related field.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Political aspects of the public transportation environment
Legislative priorities for SCRRA
Legislative and regulatory procedures at federal and state levels
Principles and practices of personnel management
Guiding transportation legislation through the state and federal legislative process
Leadership and communication skills both verbally and in writing
Presenting information to top management, public groups, and/or the Board of Directors
Analysis and writing
Travel on behalf of the SCRRA for advocacy in Sacramento, Washington, DC and to participate in conferences
Plan, organize, and analyze issues, direct and develop strategies and initiate creative solutions to complex problems that span across the transportation industry
Developing and administering departmental goals, objectives and procedures
Collaborate with Authority staff and lobbying team to develop priorities
Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations
Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery
Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs
Exchange ideas by means of communication
Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks
Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks
Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, Railroad Track and Right-of-Way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as heavy trucks, construction, etc.)
Southern California Regional Rail Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Metrolink is proud to serve as the LINK between six Southern California counties with safe, seamless and reliable transportation and connectivity. By reducing 9.2 million car trips annually, Metrolink has proven to be an effective solution, taking pressure off freeways and reducing gridlock.