Job Title:
Sr. Government & Community Relations Representative
Job ID:
3766
Location:
Lakeside – 18th Floor
Regular/Temporary:
Regular


Marketing Statement
A job at BART offers the satisfaction of providing an invaluable public service, while accomplishing your own career goals, earning highly competitive pay, and enjoying an unparalleled benefits program.  BART , a wonderful career opportunity.
Pay and Benefits
BART offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits programs you will find anywhere. We pay at rates that are strongly competitive in the labor market, and complement our pay program with an outstanding benefits package.  Benefits include the renowned CalPERS pension, excellent medical, vision, and dental coverage, supplemental insurances, excellent paid holidays and vacation, as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART on your behalf.  BART also saves you money in your paycheck because no deductions are made for Social Security.
Effective January 1, 2013, all newly hired or rehired District employees are subject to the terms and conditions of the new Public Employees Pension Reform Act of 2013 (AB340) affecting pension and pension contributions.
Pay Rate
$70,352.880/ Minimum – $109,048.55/ Maximum Annual Salary AFSCME Pay Band 5
Posted Date
February 28, 2013
Closing Date
March 15, 2013
Reports To
R. Lee
Days Off
Saturday and Sunday
Who May Apply
All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.
Current Assignment
The incumbent will help BART build and maintain positive and strong relations with the community, government officials, and other key public transit stakeholders. In addition, the incumbent will ensure public understanding of BART projects, programs, and policies by providing the community and elected officials with pertinent information related to BART operations.
We need a skilled team player knowledgeable of legislative advocacy with demonstrated ability in the development and coordination of advocacy programs. The incumbent will create community outreach correspondence, advocacy materials, and public education presentations for use by BART staff and Board of Directors.
The incumbent may be required to work occasional off hour shifts and weekends to participate in community relations activities and attend local government meetings.
The successful candidate will meet the minimum requirements as well as demonstrate the following criteria:
1) A familiarity of BART service areas and commitment to serving the public.
2) A keen understanding of political dynamics and the ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
3) The ability to clearly convey information through written and verbal communication.
4) The ability to build productive governmental and community relationships.
The required supplemental questionnaire for this position is located under the Minimum Qualifications section of this posting.
Essential Job Functions
1)  Coordinate the District’s advocacy programs on issues such as the State of Good Repair Program, the state, federal, regional and local legislative advocacy program, the Fleet of the Future outreach, etc.
2)  Prepare written reports for GCR managers and project staff summarizing research collected on a variety of topics, including legislative research, policy research, state of good repair research, best practices of other transit agencies, background to assist in potential funding sources and opportunities at the state, federal, regional and local level.
3)  Develop community outreach correspondence, public education presentations, and advocacy materials for use by BART staff and Board Directors, and coordinate and perform complex administrative activities.
4)  Work closely with community leaders to identify, resolve and monitor District and community issues.
5)  Coordinate, in conjunction with GCR staff, advocacy and coalition groups to support BART’s State of Good Repair programs and funding initiatives. Coordinate scheduling and outreach activities and presentations to a broad range of community groups, elected and regional bodies, etc.
6)  Serve as a GCR liaison to the congestion management and regional agencies to keep track and help guide activity related to funding opportunities and policy and legislative research on public transportation issues.
7)  Identify and develop relationships with community-based organizations to support and enhance targeted outreach efforts to Title VI and Environmental Justice populations (low-income, minority, and limited English proficient persons).
8)  Assist GCR, Office of Civil Rights, and project staff with the planning, development, and implementation of public participation outreach efforts.
9)  Maintain and constantly update GCR’s outreach database of community-based organizations, elected officials, and public supporters.
10)  Serve as a District liaison to elected bodies when needed; monitor District related activities with elected officials and staff, commissions, boards and community forums.
11)  Collaborate with other departments within the District to provide community feedback and answer questions.
12)  Conduct information acquisition requests as directed by GCR staff and managers.
Minimum Qualifications
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional government or community relations program development and implementation experience.
Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.  A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Knowledge of: Operation, services and activities of a government and community relations program Advanced methods of and techniques of policy analysis Transit program funding programs and processes Principles of business letter writing and report preparation Current office procedures, methods and equipment including computers
Skill in: Coordinating activities of  advocacy committees. Overseeing the work of consultant staff. Coordinating organizing and reviewing the work of staff. Independently performing the most difficult advocacy and community relation duties. Interpreting, explaining and enforcing department policies and procedures. Drafting presentations which illustrate District programs and policies. Operating standard computer applications such as basic word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. Working independently in the absence of supervision. Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
YOU MUST RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE ALONG WITH YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION.
Supplemental Questionnaire – Sr. Government & Community Relations Representative #3766.
INSTRUCTIONS: Your response to the Supplemental Questionnaire must be included in your resume as an attachment.  Be sure to include in your response the following: 1) Number the questions,  2) The question,  3) Employer name,  specific duties that you personally performed, and dates.  Your Supplemental Questionnaire and your on-line application must be submitted as one document. If you need assistance, please call (510)464-6112.
This Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to offer you the opportunity to fully and clearly explain your background qualifications as it relates to the position of Senior Government and Community Relations Representative.  Your responses to the questions will be used to evaluate your overall qualifications for this position.  Based on the result of this evaluation process, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview.
Should you respond with remarks such as ‘see resume’ or ‘see application’ instead of addressing the questions directly, your application package will not be considered complete.
For each question below, please include the company worked for at the time and the dates.
Supplemental Questionnaire – Sr. Government & Community Relations Representative  #3766.
1)  Please describe your experience responding to and initiating outreach activities in the community on behalf of your organization.
2)  Please describe your experience serving as a Liaison to elected officials and monitoring issues raised by governing bodies and community groups.
3)  Give a detailed example of a time when you identified and resolved a conflict between the community and the organization you were representing.
4)  Please explain the details of your experience with funding advocacy methods, procedures and techniques including the names and dates of  employers.
The written responses will be used to evaluate the application of knowledge and skills required for the position. Responses will be evaluated for content, clarity and presentation.
I hereby certify that my answers to the foregoing questions are my own, are complete and are true to the best of my knowledge.
________________________________________________________ Signature / Date
________________________________________________________ Print Your Name
Selection Process
This position is represented by American Federation of  State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met.  Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.
The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.
The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements.  Pre-employment processing will also include a background check.  (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)
The selection process for this position will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer-related), genetic information or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.
The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons.  Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by calling (510) 464-6112.
Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran’s credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013).  To obtain the credit, veteran’s must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran’s Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran’s Preference Policy and Application link at www.bart.gov/jobs.
Note
When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112 for assistance.
To verify submission of your application, click on the ‘My Career Tools’ link at the top of the ‘Careers Home Page’ after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112, between the hours of 8:15am – 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.
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