The Supervising Program Administrator will play a key role in securing the success of Valley Water's long-term, high-priority legislative and policy efforts at the federal, state or local levels, and supervise subordinate staff.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Monitoring of bills and regulatory actions proposed by Congress, the Administration, and other federal entities.
Forecasting strategic opportunities, producing a federal delegation book and online version for two Washington DC advocacy trips per year, and other duties required by the federal government relations program.
Leading project teams tasked with engaging government bodies and obtaining support on specific legislative issues relevant to Valley Water as a whole.
Making key decisions on program goals, budget, messages, and outcomes, preparing strategic outreach plans and white papers, and presenting them to external policy and decision makers on a regular basis.
Executing strategic external stakeholder partnership activities at the local, state and federal levels.
Shaping public policy and opinion while building Valley Water's image, brand and reputation.
Managing the development, implementation, and analysis of program goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities.
Representing the program to internal clients and stakeholders, elected officials, external agencies, and the public.
Interpreting regulatory requirements and proposals; advising Valley Water staff; developing new processes and procedures to meet new or anticipated requirements.
Collaborating with Valley Water staff to develop local, state, and/or federal legislative proposals for consideration by management and the Board of Directors; collaborating with Valley Water staff and others to support implementation of Valley Water's local, state, and/or federal legislative programs.
This position requires a willingness to work long hours and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. In addition to a routine work schedule, this position involves frequent night and weekend work. Specifically, this position will participate in public and government relations, marketing, outreach and community engagement events/activities, which will include commitments during the evenings and weekends.
Ideal candidate's background includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
4+ years of experience:
Advocating for and securing funding for public agency projects or similar. Lobbying experience is a plus.
Extensive policy analysis.
Experience supporting elected officials at the federal, state, or regional/local levels through both policy work and advocacy efforts.
Providing lead direction on an on-going or project basis required. Supervising both employees and contract lobbyists is a plus.
Make significant, independent decisions with minimal oversight.
Lead project teams tasked with federal advocacy functions and goals.
Engage government bodies and obtain support on key legislative issues.
Juggle competing priorities and complete tasks on time.
Jump into any task, and also think on his/her/their feet quickly in order to handle any complex task suddenly handed to them.
Training and Education: Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Law, Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, Marketing, Engineering, Communications, Public Affairs or Public Relations. Master's degree or JD is a plus.
Other ideal characteristics:
Excellent communications skills - ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Sterling judgment and savvy political skills.
Strong legislative analysis and public policy analysis abilities.
Knowledge of federal, state, or local government processes.
Strong familiarity with key advocacy stakeholder groups.
Closing Date for Applications: July 5, 2019 by 11:59pm
Additional Salary Information: A 2.5% supervising differential will apply
About Valley Water
Valley Water is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. Valley Water's core business is to provide residents with a clean and reliable supply of water and protection from flooding. Valley Water encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles and serves the area’s 15 cities, nearly 1.8 million residents, and more than 200,000 commuters.
The mission of Valley Water is a healthy, safe, and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner.
A seven-member Board of Directors governs Valley Water, of which five are elected from geographic districts and two are appointed. Under current law, the two appointed positions will sunset at the end of 2009. However, there is pending legislation which would alter the composition of the Board to seven elected Directors. Valley Water is an ethnically-diverse, family-friendly organization with employees who are committed to public service and work collaboratively with other agencies (all levels of government, community-based organizations, and neighborhood organizations) in carrying out the mission of Valley Water.