Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is conducting an extensive search for a proven Director of Government and Public Affairs. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Director will develop and implement a plan for SCAG’s government relations, communications strategy, and community engagement that builds upon outreach efforts and activities to engage local, state, and federal stakeholders in the region. The Director of Government and Public Affairs serves as a critical advisor working proactively and collaboratively to lead the implementation of SCAG’s strategic engagement initiative and adopted legislative properties at the state and federal level. Experience dealing with transportation and mobility issues is desired, along with other areas such as housing, climate action plans, sustainability, and quality of life issues.
At a high level, the Director should have experience quickly analyzing complex political and legislative situations, assessing opportunities, and a proven ability to pivot when change is necessary, while simultaneously cultivating and building trusted relationships with policymakers and their staff across the region. This role will need to deliver a compelling and timely message across a variety of platforms on key issues to all SCAG partners.
At SCAG, we strive to foster a culture of recognition and value leaders who recognize and develop potential within their team and bring out the best in others. This role will oversee 20 talented and dedicated professionals across three departments with functional areas in internal and external communications, legislative affairs, government affairs, local membership needs, and stakeholder engagement.
This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute towards building a sustainable, equitable, and resilient future for the Southern California region. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to shape the future of stakeholder engagement and outreach by leading efforts identified in SCAG’s Racial Equity Early Action Plan (REEP) Framework.
The recruitment is being conducted by an Executive Search Firm, Ralph Andersen & Associates. Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.