Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking a hands-on leader and manager with a "big picture" vision who understands the nexus of regional planning and public outreach. The Manager of Regional Services will be a self-starter who possesses excellent communication skills, has a political mindset, and a proven ability to maintain relationships with elected and community leaders. Under general direction of the Director of Policy and Public Affairs, the Manager of Regional Services will assume full responsibility for the Regional Services Department consisting of a team of Regional Affairs Officers stationed across the SCAG region. This position will serve as the frontline to the community, elected officials, and stakeholders to develop and strengthen community engagement and SCAG memberships. The Manger of Regional Services will be responsible for external communication, including writing speeches and creating presentations for SCAG's Executive Office. It is crucial that the Manager of Regional Services possess good judgment and decision-making skills, excellent writing skills, and a customer-service orientation to manage SCAG's relationships with external stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
EXPERIENCE: Equivalent to eight years of responsible planning and public outreach experience working with elected officials including five years of management or supervisory experience. Experience in regional planning and familiarity with principles of public outreach in planning is desired. EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in communications, public relations, public administration, or a related discipline. Master's degree is preferred.IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIESThe ideal candidate will possess first-rate personal, political, analytical, communication and government relations skills, and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain trusting and collaborative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including government officials, community groups, the business community, the general public and media representatives. The successful candidate will have existing knowledge of and relationships in the region and have demonstrated experience building strategic partnerships with other organizations, be attentive to the perspectives of various internal and external stakeholders, and be adaptable and reliable when faced with conflicting and changing priorities. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of current social, political and economic trends, operational challenges facing regional government, advanced marketing principles and concepts, advanced organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs. He/she will have the ability to prepare executive communication speeches and manage intergovernmental communication to engage community partners. The ideal candidate will have comfort and familiarity with district offices for elected officials and sister agencies and transportation commissions and departments.