Government & Regional Affairs Representative

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, US

Job Summary

Metropolitan’s External Affairs Group has one (1) opening for a Government and Regional Affairs Representative available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

As a Government and Regional Affairs Representative you will perform a full range of governmental affairs and community liaison service work including monitoring legislation that may impact Metropolitan; promoting Metropolitan’s best interests regarding legislative matters; and facilitating open relations with member agencies and other local government entities.

Your specific routine responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: maintaining rapid response communication in coordination with member agencies to address various types of potential water supply, security and quality issues; coordinating meetings with maintenance, environmental, conservation, legislative issues and emergency response; assisting with public outreach related to property management and capital projects; and coordinating logistics and food services for special events and inspection trips.

In this position you will be assigned to monitor and reach out to legislative offices, businesses, and community organizations within the central Los Angeles area, with possible modification of regional assignment as needed. You will routinely participate in government affairs meetings with local business and community organizations; make presentations about water policy before legislative and community audiences; and facilitate staff briefings with state and federal legislators. Often you will organize responses through letter writing campaigns and organize speakers related to legislative activity in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.

1. Confers with directors, member agency representatives, officials, and staff on Metropolitan programs, policies, projects, legislation, and community outreach objectives.  Assists in preparing and circulating oral and written communications on legislation.

2. Distributes legislative and administrative information to representatives of local government agencies and member agencies; represents Metropolitan at civic meetings; gives presentations on water-related issues and legislative matters.

3. Attends business, community and trade association meetings; meets with business and community leaders regarding Metropolitan projects and community outreach objectives; responds to questions and concerns regarding Metropolitan policies, programs, projects and legislative issues.

4. Coordinates special events; travels to Metropolitan facilities to lead inspection tours as needed; coordinates specialized inspection trips for member agencies, elected officials and outside agencies or organizations.

5. Performs other related job duties as required.
Education and Experience: 
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years relevant experience. Relevant experience is defined as professional work experience in government relations; campaign or coalition organizing; and/or legislative advocacy at the local, state or federal level.

Required Knowledge of:  Operations, services and activities of a government relations program; environmental policies and regulations; current office procedures, methods and equipment including computers; pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Required Skills and Abilities to:  Organize various government relations or community relations projects; analyze legislation and policy issues; negotiate and resolve difficult and sensitive Metropolitan policy and legal issues and concerns; deliver clear and concise presentations; work with diverse interest groups to reach a consensus; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications; work independently in the absence of supervision; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels within the organization, other agencies, regulatory agencies, special interest groups and the public.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Requirements:

• Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:  The work is sedentary.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as paper, books, or small parts; driving an automobile, etc.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment:  The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc.  The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

Vision Requirements:  No special vision requirements.

This classification performs work that requires maintaining confidentiality and is routinely privy to matters that either involves confidential information, sensitive personnel issues, or exposure to confidential and sensitive strategic corporate information.



• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision and retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k (with matching contribution), tuition reimbursement, and more
• Training and advancement opportunities
• On-site fitness center
• Excellent working environment
• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

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This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to [email protected].

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email [email protected].

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories