The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a dynamic leader to fulfill the role of the Legislative Relations Director. The Director manages WSDOT’s legislative relations, providing oversight and direction to a comprehensive program that encompasses state legislators, local elected officials, and various other stakeholder groups. This position is responsible for managing state legislative relationships and partnerships with other state agencies to guide, advance and advocate for WSDOT’s transportation priorities.
The Director provides strategic and creative thinking analysis on legislative and regulatory matters in close coordination with the Director of Tribal & Federal Relations, and advises WSDOT’s Executive Leadership team on legislative and stakeholder engagement. The next Director is an exceptional communicator; someone who has a proven track record of developing strong professional relationships with diverse groups; a person with a thorough understanding of the extensive legislative process; and is one who has a history of successfully leading an influential program.
This position will perform the following work:
Directs all WSDOT activities regarding policy and legislation affecting transportation programs.
Manages the Office of Legislative Relations, overseeing a comprehensive program that involves state legislators, local elected officials, stakeholders and interest groups.
Directs the development of WSDOT’s state legislative request package; obtains legislative sponsors and leads the orderly progress of essential bills through the legislative process.
Directs and develops strategy and communication with legislators, legislative staff and state agencies to prioritize actions.
Formulates and evaluates key policies, legislative concepts, and other strategic decision-making packages for WSDOT’s Executive Leadership team.
Reviews and analyzes all appropriate state legislative proposals and other transportation issues, and recommends actions or solutions to impact legislative proposals.
Represents the department at legislative meetings. Collaborate and consult with legislators and legislative staff on transportation issues and assigns appropriate WSDOT staff to respond to issues.
An ideal candidate for this position will have:
Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Law, or equivalent field.
At least ten (10) years of experience conducting research and analyzing public policy and funding related issues (laws/rules/regulations).
Superior ability to develop and maintain strong, meaningful relationships with a variety of local, state and regional stakeholders.
Proven communications skills in the written and verbal form, including the ability to communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders.
Prior leadership role in a highly visible government relations position.
Experience effectively leading and directing staff.
Advanced degree in Political Science, Government Relations, Law, Public Administration or Business Administration is desirable.