Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Director (Watershed Director II)

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City of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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General Description and Classification Standards

Manages the overall administration and management of the City’s Department of Watershed Management’s legislative process and water policy initiatives. Strategically plans, drafts and manages the Department’s municipal legislation submitted to Atlanta City Council. Develops, manages and executes the Department’s regional and national legislative agenda.

This is a fully seasoned executive level position charged with responsibility for significant specialized functions within the Department. Position manages a group of employees, with intermediate managers and specialized professional employees.

Supervision Received

Direction received is general and focuses more on long-term and short-term objectives, managerial effectiveness and results. This position reports to the Commissioner.

Essential Duties & ResponsibilitiesT_hese are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned._

  • Oversees legislative and policy employees. Responsibilities include participation in interviewing, hiring, and training legislative and policy staff; training Department-wide staff; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
  • Collaborates with Executive Staff on legislative needs and objectives.
  • Researches, drafts and reviews legislation and position papers.
  • Tracks and analyzes national, regional and state legislation and policies impacting drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.
  • Keeps the Department abreast of legislative and policy changes.
  • Assists the Department with development and centralizing of standard operating procedures.
  • Manages relationships with other City Departments, the Administration, Atlanta City Council, Congress, and high-level water industry partners, agencies and regulatory bodies.
  • Supports the Commissioner in water policy platform.
  • Attends and engages in hearings, committee and Council meetings and conferences.
  • Works well under pressure and can successfully manage competing priorities.
  • Moderate travel is required.

Decision Making

Ensures legislation is accurate and timely submitted. Must make be able to make decisions independently and keep the Commissioner abreast, as needed.

Leadership Provided

Position has managerial authority over professional and administrative employees engaged in a broad functional area.

Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesThis is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thorough knowledge of researching and interpreting legislative history.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and keen attention to detail.
  • Leadership and motivational skills.
  • Prefer knowledge of legislative process and procedures.
  • Prefer knowledge of water policy and passion for advancing issues such as workforce development, affordability and equity in the industry.
  • Prefer knowledge of procurement processes.
  • Skill in identifying issues and developing sound solutions.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to communicate to all levels from front line employees to senior level executives, legislators and state agencies.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to build effective relationships within and outside of the organization.
  • Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5.

Minimum Qualifications - Education & Experience

  • Graduate degree in Business, Public Administration, Policy or Law. Law degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of managerial experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of municipal, state or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work preferably in the water industry.