South Coast Air Quality Management District
Diamond Bar, California, USA
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. SCAQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse "Clean Air Team" of over 700 employees, an annual budget of $149.9 million, and a state-of-the art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthful environment.
ABOUT THE POSITION Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Officer for Legislative & Public Affairs/Media Office (LPAM), the Senior Public Affairs Manager consults with and advises the Executive Officer and/or other Designated Deputies on legislative matters and supports the Board's Legislative Committee. The incumbent will need to work effectively in a political environment with SCAQMD staff, elected officials, consultants, dignitaries, special interest groups, and organizations, etc. In addition, the Senior Public Affairs Manager is also a liaison to a wide variety of activities, assisting the Public Advisor, helping direct subordinate staff regarding small business assistance, attending Board meetings, Committee meetings, night and weekend meetings, as well as events. The incumbent may also work with representatives of other organizations, speaking at or participating in other forums on behalf of the District and handle special projects when needed. This position requires a strong communicator and writer, as they will be assisting with developing and reviewing outreach materials for legislation, fact sheets, talking points, board letters, and advocacy reports.
MINIMUM & DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The most competitive candidates will possess:
Directly related management experience, preferably in a public agency setting.
Experience working for the State of California or local government agencies.
Experience working effectively within the political dynamics of local, state, and federal governments.
Experience analyzing and drafting legislation.
Proven ability to handle controversial issues and concerns raised by special interest groups and other members of the public, diplomatically and persuasively.
Knowledge of environmental issues, particularly air quality issues.
Exceptional oral presentation and written communication skills.
Three years of managerial experience in strategic planning, program development, public affairs and/or corporate relations programs, in a complex organizational environment that involved extensive outreach to highly diverse communities; OR three years of other relevant managerial experience that would demonstrate possession of the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities needed for this position as specified below. Experience in an environmental, regulatory or other public agency is desirable.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major emphasis in communications, public affairs, public or business administration, urban or environmental planning, or a related field.
SUBSTITUTION: A related master's degree may substitute for up to one year of the required managerial experience.
KNOWLEDGE OF: Strategic planning and analysis; organization and management practices and principles; public relations and communication techniques; community outreach concepts and strategies; current issues facing small businesses; the complex issues and special interests that exist in highly diverse communities; air quality and other environmental issues confronting large metropolitan regions; and supervision and management principles and practices.
ABILITY TO: Develop and implement strategic plans, policies, procedures and programs, and achieve desired results; develop communication processes, programs or other solutions that are responsive to small business, community and SCAQMD interests; synthesize program results and community input, and advise SCAQMD management on existing issues and perceived future needs; plan, organize, and direct professional and support staff engaged in a wide range of public outreach and communication functions; perform community liaison duties that include public speaking, representing the SCAQMD in various forums, and effectively communicating complex regulatory and environmental information to a wide variety of non-technical audiences; communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively, both orally and in writing; exercise sound judgment, diplomacy and tact when dealing with highly sensitive or political issues; provide advice and recommendations on assigned programs to SCAQMD management; and establish and maintain effective relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.