City of Tampa

Public Policy Coordinator (#806220) N35

$33.18-$49.75 Hourly / $5,751.20-$8,623.33 Monthly / $69,014.40-$103,480.00 Yearly


Introduction

This is highly responsible professional and administrative work planning, coordinating, disseminating, reviewing, and soliciting information regarding intergovernmental and legislative issues of interest (e. g., policies) to the Mayor’s Office.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for promoting the City’s interest with state, federal, and other governmental officials, agencies, and organizations.  Tasks are of more than average difficulty and include the development, implementation, and evaluation of the City’s public policy and advocacy agenda.  Although under general supervision, employees may engage in independent research and prepare and present reports of findings.  Work is of considerable difficulty and requires the exercise of extensive initiative and independent judgment.  Employees are expected to independently develop and administer projects.  Public contact is an integral part of the job, and employees are required to exercise considerable tact and courtesy.  Work is reviewed while in progress, through conferences, reports, and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Researches issues of significant importance to the City, coordinates programs with City officials, and  in coordination with the Intergovernmental Relations Manager, consults with State and Federal legislators and their staff on an ongoing basis.  

Advises on legislative and public policy matters; assists in the development of the annual legislative program; assists the Mayor on legislative matters as needed.  

Performs in-depth research to aid in the formulation of the public policy recommendations and prepares staff reports and position papers; provides public policy research, strategic analysis and technical assistance to City management.  

Develops and maintains professional contacts with management representatives, elected and appointed officials of governmental agencies at all levels in order to promote the public policies and programs of the City of Tampa.  

Represents the Mayor and serves as the City’s primary liaison to various boards and committees on which the Mayor is a member (e.g., Port Authority, Aviation Authority, Expressway Authority, HARTline, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tourist Development Council, etc.).    

In coordination with the Intergovernmental Relations Manager, directly lobbies on behalf of the City before the Florida Legislature and U. S. Congress; coordinates all City lobbying efforts whether carried out directly, through contract lobbyist or experts in a specific fields; coordinates the City’s lobbying activities with federal and state agencies; represents the City and the Mayor in advocating for City positions regarding federal, state and local public policy and legislation; serves as the City’s primary liaison with state and national professional associations (e.g., Florida League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Hillsborough County Council of Governments, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, etc.).  

Attends or monitors meetings of local boards and authorities.  

Duties include evening engagements and travel.  

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge: of public relations and public information dissemination practices and procedures; federal and state legislative processes and informational sources relating to legislative actions; related federal and state laws.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, directors, legislators and their aides, representatives of intergovernmental boards, and committees; write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings; perform research and prepare information reports; initiate, analyze, and monitor status of proposals pending before local, state and federal governmental agencies and legislative bodies.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s in political science, public or business administration or related, and one (1) year of experience in governmental affairs or public administration, including experience in public information activities, interaction with officials in the legislative body and various other governmental agencies, and in-depth research and analysis; or an associate's degree in political science, public or business administration or related, and three (3) years of experience in governmental affairs or public administration, including experience in public information activities, interaction with officials in the legislative body and various other governmental agencies, and in-depth research and analysis.

A master’s degree in political science, public or business administration or related is preferred.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required.

Comments

During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 806220; EST: 8/3/2017 3:22:00 PM; REV: 2/22/2018;