Senior Public Affairs Manager

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.
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.
Assists the Deputy Executive Officer and Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, in the administration and provision of a wide range of community liaison services to small businesses and communities comprised of highly diverse backgrounds, concerns and interests; and formulates recommendations on policy and program improvement and implementation strategies.
Acts as a liaison and representative of SCAQMD at special interest meetings to communicate the SCAQMD's mission, regulations and functions, and to address concerns raised; and meets with other governmental agencies, business representatives, and environmental organizations, as needed, to represent SCAQMD.
Manages and helps oversee the day-to-day administration of outreach and SCAQMD programs; develops and implements environmental education programs; and serves as a primary point of contact for policy and operational guidance for functions and activities.
Helps direct the development and management of program strategies, policies, and operations to promote public and business understanding and acceptance of and participation in SCAQMD's incentive programs, rule development and Air Quality Management Plan processes, and the proceedings of the SCAQMD's Governing Board and Hearing Board.
Helps develop strategic plans and objectives, directs the establishment of objectives and goals for assigned program areas, and monitors and evaluates progress toward the accomplishment of those goals.
Provides consultation, advice, and assistance to SCAQMD staff regarding the concerns and interests of businesses and other special interest groups within the communities served, and makes recommendations for the improved effectiveness of related programs.
Assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of subordinates, and directs the completion of special assignments, projects, and reports, adjusting priorities as necessary.
Oversees the development, preparation and monitoring of assigned program budgets, and may develop and provide oversight of the budget for the Technology Advancement Office.
May act for the Deputy Executive Officer or Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, as assigned.
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.
A completed employment application covering at least the past 10 years of employment, including your entire SCAQMD employment history (with an explanation of any gaps in employment) and listing names and phone numbers for four references. References must be current and former supervisors responsible for evaluating your work performance.
A cover letter, which you must attach to the online application, addressed to DEO/LPA Derrick Alatorre, in which you 1) give an overview of how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications for this position, 2) describe what value you would bring to the Legislative & Public Affairs/Media Office and 3) state why you are interested in this position.
A detailed resume, which you must attach to the online application, that highlights major career responsibilities and accomplishments.
An unofficial copy of your transcripts, documenting all qualifying education claimed, submitted as an attachment to your online application. Official transcripts may be requested at a later date.
The selection process will initially consist of a review of applications, cover letters and resumes. Those who appear to be the most competitively qualified may be asked to provide additional information regarding their qualifications for this position. Based on a review of these materials, only the most competitively qualified individuals will be invited to participate in an interview and/or any other selection steps deemed appropriate.
SCAQMD reserves the right to modify the selection process, as needed, based upon the qualifications and numbers of applicants.
Please call Human Resources at least one week in advance if you might need accommodation at any step during the selection process.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Human Resources at

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