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  • VP, Governmental Affairs

    Capital Metro
    Job Description

    Do you have a strong government relations background, a vision and ability to think strategically as it relates to specific legislative initiatives?  Are you well versed in public policy with an aptitude for building relationships and effectively communicating your organizations point of view?

    The Vice President, Governmental Affairs reports directly to the EVP, Chief of Staff.  This position is responsible for developing and delivering the organization’s strategic approach to federal, state, regional and local government relations, including a comprehensive legislative, federal grant and communications strategy to support Capital Metro and ATP initiatives. Serves as the chief liaison to public officials and entities, representing Capital Metro and Austin Transit Partnership (ATP) at public/government meetings and with stakeholders throughout the region. 

    Note: the duties and primary responsibilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this job and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties.?

    •Develop and implement an integrated government relations strategy to communicate support for policies and funding that achieve Capital Metro/ATP business goals at all levels of government.
    •Lead the development and execution of plans that support legislative programs, policy initiatives and funding opportunities to achieve business objectives by working with internal staff, involving external stakeholders such as area officials, business leaders, community organizations and leaders, board members, legislative staff and members.
    •Develop and deliver an integrated grant and federal funding strategy and plan for Capital Metro and ATP in support of Project Connect and other projects and programs.
    •Develop and deliver a strategy for promoting a comprehensive regional transit vision inside and outside the Capital Metro service area. 
    •Work independently with peers and the executive team to build strong relationships with elected and appointed officials, representatives and staff throughout all levels of government and industry partners like APTA, etc.
    •Forge partnerships and build coalitions with external stakeholders in support of Capital Metro/ATP projects, programs, goals or legislation at the federal level.
    •Serve as the Capital Metro/ATP principal government relations representative, including at legislative and executive branch meetings and hearings, and meetings with officials from other governmental entities. Conduct briefings for elected officials and community organizations. 
    •Direct the selection process, work program and activities of government and public relations consultants. Facilitate interaction between staff, the Board of Directors and consultants.
    •Direct and oversee government relations staff on execution of strategy and constituent relations.
    •Perform other duties as required and/or assigned.   


    Direct department personnel by planning, scheduling, delegating and overseeing employee work assignments, authorizing, coordinating, and scheduling work with vendors and consultants, conducting personnel actions, including, hiring and interviewing, and overseeing hiring, training, work assignments, and performance evaluations.





    Education and Experience:
    •Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public Relations, Public Administration or Policy, Government Affairs, Law, Political Science or related field.  Additional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years.  
    •Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience directing a program of government relations, public sector public affairs or as a management-level staff member for an elected official, legislative committee or public affairs office, or similar executive-level experience in government relations or public affairs. 
    •Five (5) years supervisory experience in government relations or public sector public affairs. 
    •Experience in the areas of planning, research or program development required.
    •Experience with federal transportation regulations and grants preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    •Thorough knowledge of government relations principles and laws, regulations and legislative processes governing transportation policies and funding sources. 
    •Ability and experience in establishing relationships with elected officials and respective staff at all levels.
    •Skill in verbal communications such as making public presentations or speaking to the public or media and to represent the Authority before elected officials, at hearings and among business leaders.
    •Demonstrated ability to deal with sensitive, confidential and complex government and community relations issues.
    •Demonstrated ability to work at a very high executive level with confidence to effectively lead superiors and peers and to enlist the contributions of those who are not direct reports in accomplishing Authority wide goals.
    •Excellent strategic and organizational skills and ability to exercise sound judgment and creativity in making decisions.
    •Ability to work after hours and on call.

    •Work with a diverse, collaborative and energetic workforce whose focus is to bring innovation into the industry and how we serve our customers and team members. 
    •When not working remotely, utilize our free and reduced fare transit service to get to the office and then plan to hit the gym (for free) and work with our onsite trainers, before heading back home. 
    •If you have children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old, enroll them in the onsite award-winning Child Care and Learning Center. 
    •…and much more! 

    Capital Metro is deeply committed to building a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a welcoming and diverse environment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws. Capital Metro makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and organization needs at the time.

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