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What Success Looks Like In This Job
This position leads the Legislative and Government Affairs on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager. Establishes and maintains relationships through interactions and communications with legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, and municipal partners to promote the public policy goals directly related to laws under which the organization operates; solicits or prepares and proposes legislation and regulatory changes; and identifies affected interests. Oversees the Legislative and Policy Analyst.
Adams County is committed to the health and safety of its employees and citizens. As such, we are strongly encouraging all candidates considering Adams County as a potential employer to obtain their COVID vaccination prior to your start date. If a candidate chooses not to get the COVID vaccine, Adams County will require all unvaccinated new employees to be tested for COVID frequently to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all.
Adams County is an equal opportunity employer. If candidates believe they need an accommodation, based on a sincerely held religious belief or a disability, in order to complete the application process or to perform the essential functions of a position, they should contact Adams County People & Culture Department at 720-523-6070 for more information regarding the interactive process.
Examples of Duties for Success
- Responsible for leading and overseeing the county’s legislative lobbying and regulatory efforts both nationally and locally to include working directly with a cross-functional county team representing the core competencies associated with the initiative(s) that these tasks will advance.
- Monitor federal, state, and regulatory activity affecting the county.
- Work directly with federal and state lobbyists and regulators. Also works closely with local jurisdictions and quasi-governmental agencies and special districts.
- Monitor the county's proactive development of and response to legislation, regulations, and/or policy changes that may have an impact on the county specifically or county government in general.
- Manage the county's legislative/regulatory activities and lobbying efforts for or against prospective legislation and regulations; analyze and review pending legislation, regulation, priorities, and issues and the potential impact on the county via management of an internal cross functional team; recommending strategies and policy initiatives to the Board, and articulating the county's legislative agenda to local, state and federal elected officials and special districts.
- Establish and maintain contact and interaction with legislators, legislative committees, elected officials, regulators, and various intergovernmental associations; participate in and may serve as Board proxy on Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Steering Committees, CCI Initiatives/Events and other groups as assigned.
- Communicate the outcome of legislative and regulatory activities to elected officials and management team.
- Work with other departments and department staff, formalize the county's initiatives for delivering information to and receiving feedback from the community that will ultimately foster and sustain a reputation of accountability, integrity, and trustworthiness for Adams County.
- Coordinate with the management team, department directors, elected officials, and Budget/Finance personal on legislation/regulation that has a programmatic and fiscal impact.
- Work to advance the credibility of the county in federal, state, local and regional arenas through participation and involvement in federal, state, local and regional projects, and issues.
- Interact with community stakeholders, as appropriate, to understand impacts to potential policy and/or regulatory changes.
- Assist in studies, programs or special projects related to regional and countywide initiatives.
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Qualifications for Success
- Participate in department budget preparation, administration, monitor and controls of expenditures.
- May require night and weekend hours including out of state travel.
- Thorough knowledge of local government policies and procedures.
- Innovative and detailed oriented while maintaining a systems level approach to analysis and implementing programs and strategies.
- Manage multiple high-level programs and projects.
- Strong analytical skills, interpretation and produce research
- Understanding of both technical and legal material.
- Learn, interpret, and apply pertinent Federal, State and local laws, and regulations.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Project management skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate with the public and collaborate and partner with local jurisdictions and agencies; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to make effective oral presentations.
- Proven ability to build healthy, effective working relationships with staff at various levels of an organization.
- Ability to work independently under minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and varying topics and proven ability to quickly learn and get up to speed on a variety of subject matters.
- Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Maintain a professional demeanor in all interactions. Abide by ethical standards for public servants.
More Qualifications for Success
- Minimum Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional legislative or public affairs experience in the public sector OR any equivalent combination with at least three (3) years of supervisory and board experience.
- Prior experience in dealing with the public, elected officials, department/division heads, and boards and commissions, and special interest groups.
- Previous legislative, regulatory, and public sector or public sector-related experience preferred.
Education and Training:
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration, Community Development, Urban and Regional Planning or directly related field.
- Master's Degree preferred.
License or Certificate: None.
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.