DWM Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Director I

City of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, USA 🇺🇸


Posted until 9/20/2022

Salary commensurate with experience

At the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community.  Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City’s infrastructure.  Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained.  Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

General Description and Classification Standards

 Manages the overall administration and management of the City’s Department of Watershed Management’s legislative process and water policy initiatives. Strategically plans, drafts, and manages the Department’s municipal legislation submitted to Atlanta City Council. Develops, manages, and executes the Department’s regional and national legislative agenda.

This is a fully seasoned executive level position charged with responsibility for significant specialized functions within the Department. Position manages a group of employees, with intermediate managers and specialized professional employees.  

 Supervision Received

 Direction received is general and focuses more on long-term and short-term objectives, managerial effectiveness, and results. This position has a dual-reporting role and reports to the DWM Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and manages at least one (1) employee.

Essential Duties & ResponsibilitiesThese are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Manages supporting legislative and policy employees. Responsibilities include participation in interviewing, hiring, and training legislative and policy staff; training Department-wide staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints; and resolving problems. 
  • Collaborates with Executive Staff on legislative needs and objectives.
  • Research, drafts and reviews legislation and position papers.
  • Tracks and analyzes national, regional, and state legislation and policies impacting drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. 
  • Keeps the Department abreast of legislative and policy changes. 
  • Assists the Department with development and centralizing of standard operating procedures.
  • Manages relationships with other City Departments, the Administration, Atlanta City Council, Congress, and high-level water industry partners, agencies, and regulatory bodies.
  • Supports the Commissioner in water policy platform.
  • Attends and engages in hearings, committee and Council meetings and conferences.
  • Works well under pressure and can successfully manage competing priorities. 
  • Trains and supervises legislative staff and ensures that legislative staff complies with office policies, practices, and procedures
  • Some travel may be required
  • Willingness to work beyond standard work hours.

Decision Making

 Ensures legislation is accurate and timely submitted. Must make be able to make decisions independently and keep the Commissioner abreast, as needed 

 Leadership Provided

 Position has managerial authority over professional and administrative employees engaged in a broad functional area.

 Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesThisis a partial listing of necessaryknowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thorough knowledge of researching and interpreting legislative history.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and keen attention to detail.
  • Leadership and motivational skills. 
  • Prefer knowledge of legislative process and procedures.
  • Prefer knowledge of water policy and passion for advancing issues such as workforce development, affordability, and equity in the industry.
  • Prefer knowledge of procurement processes.
  • Skill in identifying issues and developing sound solutions. 
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to communicate to all levels from front line employees to senior level executives, legislators, and state agencies.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to build effective relationships within and outside of the organization.
  • Provides necessary organization, supervisory, leadership and motivation to manage the legislative staff
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications


Minimum Qualifications – Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Political Science, or Policy.  
  • Minimum of 3 years of managerial experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of municipal, state, or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work preferably in the water or environment industry.

Preferred Qualifications – Education & Experience

  • Graduate degree in Business, Public Administration, Political Science, Policy, or Law.  
  • Law degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of managerial experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of municipal, state, or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work preferably in the water or environmental industry.





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