Legislative & Government Affairs Liaison

Recruitment #220714-UNCL-18

Introduction

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At the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) we are guided by our passion for wildlife, wild spaces and the women and men who love the outdoors. We are currently seeking to fill a full-time position at our beautiful new state-of-the art headquarters just south of the State Capitol.  It is our mission to manage and protect fish and wildlife, along with their habitats, while also growing our community of hunters and anglers, partnering with those who love the outdoors, and fostering stewardship with those who care for the land.

We are proud to work in one of the nation’s top 5 states for recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. ODWC is renowned for being a top place to work in the state, and we are seeking people who share our love for the outdoors, our high degree of professionalism and our passion for serving our customers.

Working at ODWC provides the opportunity to participate in a fun and rewarding environment among some of the nation’s best biologists, game wardens, outdoor educators and administrative professionals. People in our ranks are making a real difference in conserving our state’s natural resources and outdoor traditions. We hope you will consider joining our team.

ODWC offers excellent state benefits with a generous benefit allowance and longevity payments. We match your 5% payroll deducted contribution to the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with 6% that increases to 8%, 10%, and 12% at 5, 10, and 15 years of experience, respectively. You will accrue 15 days annual leave and 10 days sick leave per year as well as 11 paid state holidays yearly.

Standard work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with flex schedules available. Our office is easily accessible from anywhere in the Oklahoma City metro area, has free private parking and is conveniently located on the EMBARK bus route with a stop in front of our building.

Stop by to see our three-story waterfall and wildlife scenery in our main entry and learn more about how you could be a part of our team.

Position:  Legislative & Government Affairs Liaison

Division:  Administration

Location:  Central Office, 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Salary:    $59,005.95*/Annually Salary commensurate with experience.                                                                                                               

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Under the supervision of the CFO and Chief of Administration, the Legislative and Government Affairs Liaison will serve as a liaison and the primary point of contact for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for matters before the State Legislature, Governor, other agencies, and conservation partners.  The position will coordinate the agency's administrative rules process and build strategic alliances with other conservation organizations. The position leads public outreach and involvement initiatives for ODWC's fish and wildlife management planning and policy processes. 
 
JOB DUTIES
Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with state, federal and agency officials.
  
Maintains an ongoing presence and positive image at the State Capitol to communicate ODWC’s views and input on legislation, rules, policies, and programs.
 
Research, monitor, understand, analyze, and track state and federal legislative initiatives that could impact ODWC.
 
Assist agency management and general counsel in drafting legislation and administrative rules that are legally sound and beneficial to the agency.  
 
Keep internal staff and stakeholders apprised of any related legislative activity, movement, or amendments by preparing briefings, memos, testimony, and correspondence.
 
Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with legislators, legislative staff, stakeholders, partner organizations and other officials to provide information and foster a positive image of ODWC.
 
Attend relevant legislative committee meetings and interim study committees, as well as other meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and other officials upon request; help prepare the Director or other staff for those events and assist with follow up as needed.
 
Coordinate development of fiscal impact statements for proposed legislative bills.
 
Work with the Wildlife Commission and the Director to identify issues and develop ODWC’s legislative agenda and priorities.
 
Manage legislative referrals and responses for ODWC.
 
Conduct reviews of administrative rules (Title 800) and statute (Title 29). Coordinate ODWC’s Regulatory Review Committee and represent ODWC on statewide and national regulatory work groups as assigned.
 
Coordinate with external groups and agencies, including Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to ensure regulatory consistency and to meet all external requirements. 
 
Ensure that ODWC complies with or exceeds all necessary provisions for public involvement in the regulatory process. Develop and employ effective public involvement strategies with the public and key stakeholders on regulatory issues.
 
Help coordinate the development of a comprehensive agency strategic plan and ensure compliance with associated implementation plans.
 
Facilitate public work sessions, advisory committee meetings, and other forums with stakeholders or the public, as needed, to implement effective and inclusive strategic planning processes. 
 
Identify, evaluate, and pursue opportunities to coordinate ODWC planning efforts with other local, statewide, or national planning efforts, where appropriate. Represent ODWC on inter-agency planning work groups.
 
Assist with identifying future planning needs and make recommendations to ODWC leadership accordingly.  
 
Advise ODWC staff on if, how, and when public involvement efforts should be incorporated into policy and decision making, as well as program and project planning and execution; develop, coordinate, and implement public involvement strategies and processes; train and advise ODWC employees concerning public involvement theories, concepts, and technical applications; evaluate public involvement outcomes and advise on the integration of those outcomes into decision making.
 
Other duties as assigned.
 
Must have the ability to
• Lift and carry standard office equipment and supplies up to 25 pounds and operate a vehicle.  
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships, work independently, and be professional and courteous with the public, employees, and other agencies. 
• Communicate clearly and effectively in public speaking situations and be able to express oneself clearly and concisely in writing. 
• Use personal computer and various office equipment.  Should be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and have an overall understanding of internet-based computer applications.  
• May be required to occasionally work extended hours and weekends with occasional travel requiring overnight stays.

How to Apply:  
Must apply online. Contact the Human Resource Office with questions: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-4640. Full time employees must also submit a Letter of Application to the Human Resource Office.  Please attach a transcript to your application; your application will not be considered without an attached transcript. 

Applications will be reviewed and the best qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a background check and a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use before appointment. Appointment to this position will be contingent upon a negative drug test result. Must be a U. S. Citizen or Alien authorized to work in the United States.  A list of current openings can be found on the Department website at www.wildlifedepartment.com

The Department will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, terminations, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on grounds of age, race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or other factors which cannot be lawfully used as the basis for an employment decision

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIREMENTS
Education:  Requires a bachelor’s degree or higher education level with preference given for degrees in natural resources, social, or political science. 
 
Experience: Applicants with experience in the legislative process will be given priority consideration.

Knowledge and Skills:
• Knowledge of legislative process and dynamics.
• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and written. 
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Familiarity with state and federal natural resource agencies.
• Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects, deadlines, and interests simultaneously.
• Ability to exercise strong discretion and independent judgement.
• Understanding of public relations and stakeholder engagement; and
• Knowledge of agency policies and procedures, state law and regulations regarding agency programs.

NOTES

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