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Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs

Atlanta Regional Commission

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018

End Date: Jun. 29, 2018

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults, and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information, and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.
The intergovernmental Affairs function is housed within the Center for Strategic Relations, along with Communications and Marketing, Community Engagement, and Digital Strategy. However, this position reports directly to the Executive Director of ARC.  The Intergovernmental Affairs Manager is responsible for providing staff leadership and strategic direction in formulating and implementing ARC’s state and federal legislative priorities. This position serves as the primary liaison to the Georgia General Assembly and the State’s congressional delegation and their staffs, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with members of both, as well as with other agencies and stakeholders in the region. The Intergovernmental Affairs Manager monitors, tracks, and analyzes proposed legislation and prepares briefings for ARC staff, Board, and partners.
•       Maintain regular contact with local elected officials and state legislators on public policy issues affecting the Atlanta region, through individual and group meetings, phone calls, and electronic communication;
•       Maintain regular contact with Congressional staff and Members of Congress regarding public policy issues affecting the ARC and Atlanta region, through in-person visits, phone calls, and electronic communication;
•       Manage activities of federal and state legislative affairs consultant, with regular communications;
•       Identify opportunities to leverage ARC assets, including its data and subject matter experts, in support of regional public policy efforts;
•       Draft policy briefing documents, presentations, and public affairs outreach plans;
•       Oversee the ARC’s Annual State Legislative Breakfast;
•       Represent ARC’s interests with key regional, state, and national stakeholders on public policy and legislative matters;
•       Educate ARC staff on matters of public policy and government affairs;
•       Conduct and develop presentations on behalf of the ARC to key stakeholders;
•       Lead special projects at the direction of the Executive Director or ARC Board Members;
•       Perform other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.
•       Knowledge of legislative, budgetary and regulatory processes at the local, state, and federal levels;
•       Knowledge of public administration, management and administrative methods, budgeting, community development, housing, transportation, natural resources, and aging issues;
•       Ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize many tasks, communicate effectively and use a project management platform;
•       Ability to maintain a positive team-oriented attitude and to work in a deadline-driven environment;
•       Ability to communicate effectively through writing and speaking;
•       Ability to articulate complicated ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing (e-mails, letters, report writing and editing);
•       Ability to maintain strong relationships with elected and appointed officials;
•       Possess strong research and writing skills, and excellent organization skills;
•       Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable): 
•       Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, public relations/communications, public policy or related field
•       Six (6) years of related experience in government/legislative affairs or public relations in the metro Atlanta region
•       Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, public relations/communications, public policy or related field
In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:
1.      Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
2.      Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
3.      Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
4.      Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and; 
5.      Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.   

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $75,330 - $130,213 (no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)
TO APPLY: On-line applications only at: https://atlantaregional.org/employment-at-arc/
ARC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in employment or the provision of services.