City of Tucson


$31.27-$55.31 Hourly / $65,041.60-$115,044.80 Yearly
Salary Grade: 818

General Description

Directs, plans, coordinates, and implements all programs, functions, and activities of the Intergovernmental Relations Program for the Mayor & Council, City of Tucson, and Tucson Water.

This classification will represent, advocate, and negotiate on behalf of the Mayor & Council, City of Tucson, all City Departments, with federal, state, and local governments, and with critical community partners including military, private and public utilities, business leaders, private-sector companies and industry groups, educational institutions and jurisdictions, and non-profits and community advocacy organizations.

This classification will also develop recommendations on policy and legislative positions and strategies, both on a daily basis and in standing written and Study Session reports to the Mayor & Council and the public. Manage the City's federal and state representation contracts, direct and supervise all contractor activities and two direct reports in the Tucson Water Intergovernmental Coordination section, and file all required lobbying reports with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Reports to: Director of Tucson City Water

Essential Functions

Represent, advocate, and negotiate on behalf of the Mayor & Council, the City of Tucson, and Tucson Water by Communications with Mayor & Council, City Manager's Office, City Departments and Tucson Water staff. Communications with federal and state elected officials and their staff, federal and state agency officials, and various private, public, and non-profit officials and their representatives. Communications with nat'l and state org's (i.e. USCM, NLC, AZ League of Cities) and other AZ city officials

Monitor, research, analyze and recommend City of Tucson positions on legislative policy and strategy by Monitor and track federal and state legislation and grant funding opportunities. Discuss legislation with city staff and other officials across the state and in cities nationwide to develop policy and strategy recommendations for the Mayor & Council, City Manager, and other City Staff. Regular travel to the State Capitol for official hearings and meetings

Manage and supervise contract lobbyists and employees and fulfill legal City of Tucson reporting requirements by Direct federal and state contract lobbyist activities. Monitor contracts and invoices for compliance. Supervise the Lead Management Analyst and Staff Assistant in the Tucson Water IGC section of the Director's Office Track, complete and file regular lobbying activity reports with the AZ Secretary of State

Prepare regular updates, reports, and presentations for Mayor & Council, City Manager, and City Staff by Report to Mayor & Council at every Study Session under the standing item "State and National Legislation." Prepare and publish an "IGR Update" prior to every City Council meeting with timely information about federal and state policy and legislation. Monitor, analyze, categorize, and publish updated reports on state legislation during the State Legislative Session through bill tracking systems

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. This job classification specification identifies the responsibilities and tasks typically associated with the performance of the position


Knowledge of the Mayor & Council's priorities

Knowledge how state and federal governments operate, and the day-to-day functions of city government

Knowledge of city government policies, programs, procedures, history, codes, and systems Knowledge of state and federal government officials and good relationships with federal and state officials

Communication skills to effectively describe issues and negotiate for outcomes beneficial to the City of Tucson Oral and written presentation skills

Management and supervisory skills Ability to work with people of highly diverse backgrounds and opinions

Ability to work at all hours, on all issues, and to travel at all times if necessary

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION LEVEL & TYPE: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

EXPERIENCE: At least four (4) of the five (5) years required in a supervisory capacity in the area of high-level municipal government experience

Environment/Working Conditions

Sedentary work

Physical Demand/Levels

Lifting is minimum, up to 10 lbs.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


Other Information

Department(s): Water
FLSA Status: Exempt
Occupational Group Code: 02
Occupational Group Description: General Administration
EEO Job Category Code: B
EEO Job Category Description: Professional 
Organizational Level: Administrative/Program Director
NCCI: 8810 Bargaining Unit: No Rep

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Incidental
License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D  
CDL Endorsements: None 
Safety Sensitive (driving requirement): No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 0414; EST: 1/8/2021; REV: 1/8/2021;