Director of Government Relations and Communications
Closes: The position is open until filled with first review of applications beginning January 31, 2022.
Status: Regular Full-time, 40 hours per week; Exempt FLSA status.
Salary: Salary will depend upon experience; the midpoint for this position is $158,000 annually
Location: Puget Sound Regional Council; Downtown – Seattle, Washington
The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management, and economic development planning agency serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound. PSRC brings together the region’s diverse counties, cities and towns, Tribes, ports, the state of Washington and civic interests to help the region thrive, now and into the future. The agency serves as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the regional leader for growth management, transportation, and economic development under state and federal laws. PSRC seeks to support an inclusive region and build a work culture which embraces diversity and promotes equity. Visit www.psrc.org to find out more. PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.
PSRC is seeking a Director of Government Relations & Communications to join PSRC’s management team and to lead its Communications Department. This position reports to PSRC’s Executive Director and will develop, direct, and implement the full range of government relations and communications activities. The work will include providing analysis, advice, coordination and representation on policy and program decisions made by PSRC’s Executive Board, and under its direction, developing and implementing strategies promoting PSRC’s legislative agenda, serving as PSRC’s representative with federal, state and local governments, and key legislators and staff. Additionally, this position plays a strategic role and has primary responsibility for shaping PSRC’s Communications plan, which includes envisioning and designing PSRC’s media strategy, website, and e-communications.
As a planning agency, PSRC makes decisions that shape transportation, land use, and the built environment. The agency has a responsibility and is committed to dismantling systems of inequity and reimagine a region where race can no longer predict life outcomes. This position will assist agency staff and board members in communicating effectively with Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and to those residents with limited English proficiency, such that these residents, historically the most impacted but unrepresented in planning processes, can meaningfully participate in PSRC’s planning processes. Every staff member is also encouraged to work on an aspect of PSRC’s Racial Equity Action Plan, as part of PSRC’s commitment to ensuring VISION 2050’s equity goal is advanced throughout the region.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Knowledge of and experience with state and/or federal legislative procedures and experience in intergovernmental affairs.
• The ability to develop, organize, and conduct communications, media, and public-involvement programs.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with board members, staff, legislators, private organization representatives, and the general public.
• Extensive knowledge of communication principles, methods, practices, and techniques.
• Skill in developing and applying new approaches to the most difficult and complex public affairs problems.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
Typical ways in which incumbents acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities include:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field; Master’s degree in public administration or related field preferred.
• Eight years of increasingly responsible experience managing policy and legislative development.
• Five years of experience related to public involvement and communications programs, preferably in a public organization.
• Three years of successful management and supervisory experience.
• Experience in communicating complex public policy issues, including regional or local growth management/transportation planning is desirable.
• Or, any combination of lived experience or education experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the job.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service
programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic,
religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge,
and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You
will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
• To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.
• The voluntary and confidential Employment Forms which include Equal Employment Opportunity, Applicant’s Invitation to Self-Identify – Veteran Status, and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms are appreciated for applicant tracking purposes.
• For application materials, please visit http://www.psrc.org/about/careers.
• Completed materials can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 206-587-4825, or mailed to:
Puget Sound Regional Council, attn.: HR, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104
OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO POSITION:
• PSRC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran, or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• This recruitment is being used to fill an existing vacancy and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
• PSRC office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm with work hours determined upon hired.