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Position Title:Government Relations Administrator
Reference Number:13.054
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY RANGE: $7,242 to $9,705 Monthly (26 pay periods annually)

FINAL FILING DATE: QUALIFIED AND PERMANENT City of Roseville employees may submit an application to Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2013.  Temporary employees are not eligible to apply.



The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Government Relations Administrator to work in the City Manager’s Office. The normal work schedule will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A flex schedule may be available.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Direct and coordinate citywide legislative activities and strategy; recommend and implement goals and objectives; establish performance standards and methods for government relations and legislative program activities and operations; develop and implement policies and procedures.

• Track pertinent state and federal legislation and monitor legislative developments; recommend City positions on key bills; provide analyses and reports to the City Council, City Manager and Law and Regulation Committee about federal, state and regional legislative proposals, hearings, and activities and their impact on City operations.

• Develop and recommend specific legislative strategies to the City Manager, Council and City staff; evaluate and communicate information promoting the City’s legislative agenda in a politically sensitive environment.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City's state and federal delegations and staff and interest groups; direct contact with federal, state, and local elected officials and administrative agencies on legislation, state and regional issues, and regulatory matters; develop, plan and facilitate meetings between City officials, regional, state and national elected officials and organizations.

• Develop and maintain the City's relationship with contract lobbyists and serves as the City's primary, day-to-day liaison; accompany and support Council members on legislative outreach initiatives at the state and federal level.

• Develop and coordinate grassroots lobbying strategies; analyze problems and identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Assist Council and City staff to influence federal and State executive, legislative and administrative agencies through written arguments and oral testimony; brief and prepare Council members and City staff to testify at meetings and hearings; represent the City as a legislative advocate; make presentations at legislative and administrative hearings.

• Act as staff liaison to City Council Law and Regulation Committee; research and prepare reports, facilitate meetings and present recommendations to the Committee on legislation, regulatory and policy issues.

• Assist City staff in the research and preparation of state and federal grants applications; prepare and present periodic presentations for City staff regarding grant applications.
• Train staff in State and federal legislative and budget processes.

• Identify, establish, and maintain close working relationships with community-based and civic organizations and individuals engaged in government affairs to further the City's objectives.

• Answer questions and provide information to the public regarding the City’s legislative platform and positions on key legislation, policy and regulatory matters.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of legislative and administrative processes, laws and regulation.

• Principles and methods of effective advocacy and group process techniques.

• Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

• Principles and practices of research analysis and management.

• Principles and practices of public administration including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling.

• Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

• Organize, implement and direct government relations and legislative program operation and activities.

• On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports, interpret and evaluate staff reports; read and interpret complex laws, regulations and codes; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules and procedures; and explain and interpret policy.

• On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and communicate through written means.

• Monitor federal and state legislative issues; inform staff of potential impact on existing and future city operations.

• Interpret and explain pertinent program services, departmental, and City policies and procedures.

• Develop and monitor an assigned program budget.

• Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including subordinates, peers, senior management, elected officials, community groups and the general public.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Experience and Training

Five (5) years of professional legislative or local government advocacy experience, including issue management, public relations, public affairs, and public presentations.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Major coursework in public administration, political science, planning, economics, communications, or history is preferred.

License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.


1.  Describe your experience working with a large, diverse organization to implement its government relations strategy.

2.  Please provide examples of leadership where you’ve managed many stakeholders in cross-functional teams and time-sensitive project/program constraints.

3.  Please summarize your experience working with legislators, regulators, and their staff.

4.  This position requires providing strategic communication and legislative counsel to executive and management-level staff, sometimes with feedback they might not want to hear.  Describe how you have approached this kind of situation.

5.  Please provide one or two examples of how you have engaged target audiences in a public affairs strategy.

Applications will be screened to the most qualified and may include a written, oral, or practical examination.

Job Status:Promotional/Lateral (City Employees Only), Salary
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