15 days old


Washington, District of Columbia
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Basic Function

Navigates areas within the United States (U.S.) Federal Government and ensures that Metro's Board-approved positions on policy, projects, programs, and funding are clearly communicated and ultimately accepted by the various federal agencies and elected officials to facilitate Metro achieving organizational objectives.

This position will be in the agency's office in Washington, D.C. and will be responsible for advancing Metro's Board-approved Federal Legislative Agenda

Example Of Duties

  • Serves as day to day liaison between Metro and members of the U.S. Congress, Congressional staff, officials within the Executive branch of the Federal Government, and other federal government officials in Washington, DC, to inform them of and support legislation and policies benefiting transportation services and projects
  • Advance policy and programmatic policies as directed by Metro's Board of Directors
  • Works directly with team of federal contract lobbyists
  • Meets and speaks with federal government officials, and public and private sector groups to build coalitions in support of Metro′s programs and projects
  • Provides technical and advisory assistance to the Director of Federal Affairs on federal legislative matters that may arise, or will be presented to the senior management
  • Confers with federal legislators to emphasize the merit or potential harms of specific bills to influence passage, defeat, or amendment of measure, or introduction of legislation more favorable to Metro′s interests
  • Monitors developments related to governmental and public affairs; evaluates impact to Metro and recommends and implements policy and procedural improvements
  • Assists in directing the development and implementation of programs, strategies and plans for communicating and obtaining support for achieving the organization′s strategic objectives
  • Recommends actions and strategies for the successful passage of policy items under consideration by the Board
  • Drafts, reviews, and analyzes policy proposals, literature, legal decisions, and proposed/enacted legislation, to determine possible effect on Metro′s operations, funding, special programs, and interests, and makes recommendations to Metro′s executive management and Board of Directors
  • Prepares written and oral reports for Metro management, Board of Directors, outside agencies, and the public
  • Coordinates with Communications in the preparation of news releases and informational pamphlets; conducts news conferences in order to affirm Metro′s views and to inform the public of features of proposed legislation considered desirable or undesirable
  • Plans meetings between Board members and elected officials to discuss legislative issues and proposals and allow officials to respond to Metro′s concerns
  • Contacts regulatory agencies and testifies at public hearings to enlist support
  • Implements and evaluates reports, programs, and services to determine impact on Metro and region and provide objective analysis to assist Board Members in making informed decisions
  • Contacts individuals and groups having similar interests in order to encourage them to contact legislators and present views
  • Represents Metro and/or the department in internal and external meetings, task forces, or committees
  • Establishes legislative programs in conformance with Board direction
  • Conducts presentations and facilitates meetings
  • Manages special projects as assigned
  • Communicates Metro's safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties


Requirements For Employment

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, or a related field; Master′s Degree in a related field preferred


  • Six years of relevant experience or three years of relevant supervisory-level experience administering a legislative affairs program, public sector public policy, public affairs program for a public or governmental agency, or working as a senior staff member for a federal or state elected official, legislative committee, or public affairs office with additional experience in government relations or public affairs


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements 

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Position is located in Washington, DC
  • 24 hour on-call

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.

The following are the preferred qualifications:

    • Experience lobbying for policy goals in federal legislation


    • Experience drafting federal bills and report language


    • Experience collaborating with key stakeholders, members of Congress and their aides, and the Executive branch on federal priorities


  • Experience preparing detailed reports and correspondence for senior-management



  • Theories, principles, and practices of public policy and legislative affairs, and community relations
  • Theories, principles, and practices of legislative processes and protocol, including bill drafting, legislative analysis, and legislative structures
  • Communication strategies
  • Lobbying techniques
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing legislative procedures and lobbying practices for a public transit agency
  • Research theories and techniques
  • Organizational structure, functioning, and protocol of local governments and public agencies
  • Modern management theory and principles


  • Planning, organizing, and directing the Board-approved federal program
  • Representing and advocating for Metro before legislative bodies
  • Determining effective strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, recommending solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with Board of Directors and their respective staffs, Metro executive staff, various levels of Metro employees, elected officials, and outside representatives
  • Mediation and negotiation



  • Think critically and act independently
  • Analyze complex federal policies and federal legislation
  • Understand, analyze, interpret, and apply Metro policies, rules, regulations, procedures, contracts, budgets, and agreements
  • Prepare comprehensive correspondence and reports
  • Handle highly confidential material
  • Travel to offsite meetings
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Posted: 2021-03-30 Expires: 2021-04-29

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