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City of Houston

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (EXE LEV) – GOVERMENT RELATIONS OFFICE

Full Job Description

POSITION OVERVIEW

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

The Houston Public Works Department provides many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in Houston and the surrounding region. Primarily, the department is responsible for all the things we take for granted on a daily basis: the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City’s infrastructure. This includes the production and distribution of over 146 billion gallons of water per year and the treatment of over 90 billion gallons per year of wastewater.

It also includes the maintenance of the City’s over 16,000 lane miles of streets, over 60,000 stormwater manholes, over 100,000 stormwater inlets, over 1,100,000 street name and traffic control signs, over 17,000 freeway and under bridge light fixtures, over 50,000 fire hydrants and traffic signals at over 2,450 intersections.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The Assistant Director will manage the direction, goal setting and day-to-day operations of the Houston Public Works Governmental Relations Office. The Governmental Relations Office will act as the liaison between Houston Public Works, City Council, the Mayor’s Governmental Relations Office, the State of Texas legislature and the federal government legislature. It will function to facilitate the flow of information both to and from these entities.

Specific examples include, but are not limited to, placing Houston Public Works’ items on the City Council Agenda, responding to requests for information and service from City Council offices and other City Departments, assisting with City Council committee meetings and other interactions with City Council offices, liaising with the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations regarding state and federal legislative and regulatory matters, acting as the Houston Public Works point of contact for State and federal legislative offices, attending State and federal legislature committee and special charge meetings, reviewing proposed state and federal legislation and providing feedback regarding compatibility with Houston Public Works needs and goals.

Reporting to the Houston Public Works Director, the Assistant Director will manage a staff of 6 full-time employees.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL:
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field.

EXPERIENCE:
Seven (7) years of administrative experience are required, with at least three of those years in a managerial capacity.

A Master’s degree may be substituted for two years of experience.

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • A degree in Political Science or a field closely related to the duties of the position
  • Experience in government relations
  • A Master’s degree
  • City government experience

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6**

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED: None
However, the Department may administer a skill assessment evaluation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: No
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION:
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

The city offers a competitive benefits program, including competitively priced health coverage and a defined contribution pension plan.

Benefits include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Retirement pension
  • 457 deferred compensation plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year
  • 10 city holidays, plus one floating holiday
  • Flexible schedules
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Transportation/parking plan
  • Section 125 pretax deductions
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

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