SUMMARY: AC Transit is actively searching for qualified candidates for the position of External Affairs Representative. The External Affairs Representative develops and maintains on-going relationships between the District and external organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, local business groups, community organizations, cultural and economic development interests, local and regional political constituencies, faith based organizations, and other public agencies to promote the awareness of, value of, and need for public transit within their respective communities. The External Affairs Representative tracks policies and regulations at the local, regional, state, and/or federal levels that impact public transit. The External Affairs Representative works in collaboration with internal departments to coordinate and convey public education information, plan and develop District initiatives and special events, and represents the District at community events to promote awareness about AC Transit. In addition to the opportunity to work with some of the best in the business at one of the largest bus agencies in California, AC Transit also has an excellent benefits package that includes pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending and 457 savings plan.
REPRESENTATIVE FUNCTIONS: • Establishes and maintains ongoing dialogue between AC Transit, Elected Officials and/or their staff, and constituent groups; responding effectively to constituents' issues, while advocating for the District's interests. • Acts as "go-between/go-to" person for community-based transit constituencies and District staff regarding operational an capital project related issues. • Communicates and coordinates with the public, community agencies, elected officials and/or their staff, and District staff to resolve problems, and recommend new service or service changes. • Promotes "transit first" policies with city and county planning agencies, and promotes collaborative efforts to increase transit ridership. • Educates and works with public to garner support for Districts'capital projects public or capital projects. • Conducts research on community transit issues; and prepares and writes reports for the Board of Directors, the General Manager, and a wide variety of external groups. • Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, public relations, community planning, transportation planning, or a directly related field.
Experience: Four (4) years of verifiable experience working with local agencies, public officials, and community based organizations and/or special interest groups.
Desirable Experience: Experience working with elected officials, working with advocacy groups/organizations, and transit or transportation agency experience is a plus.
Knowledge Of: Public transportation related policies, needs, issues, constraints and trends; local, county, regional, and state agencies, their lines of communication and planning processes; the needs and concerns of diverse community and public interest groups; modern office systems and procedures; and commonly used office software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation, at the intermediate level of proficiency.
Ability To: Work independently; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; present complex multi-faceted issues, information, and statistical data effectively in an manner that is accessible and understandable to diverse groups and individuals in a wide variety of media and formats; advocate effectively and persuasively on behalf of the District; exercise sound judgment; undertake multiple tasks under deadline pressure; implement functions creatively within established policy guidelines; develop and foster collaborative relationships between external constituencies and District staff; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with District staff, officials from public agencies, constituents, the Board of Directors and District staff using principles of good customer service.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Physical Requirements: Must maintain the physical condition necessary to: (1) perform tasks in an office setting operating a personal computer, keyboards, and other peripheral equipment; and (2) possess physical mobility in order to travel to and attend meetings and events.
Special Requirements: (1) Must be available to work outside normal business hours to attend meetings and community events. (2) Must possess or obtain and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License, and meet the District's safe driving standards.
THIS POSITION IS A UNION POSITION, REPRESENTED BY AFSCME
The Selection Process: The Human Resources department must receive a completed online application by the filling date. If this recruitment is "Continuous," it may be closed at any time without notice. Applications will be screened for job-related qualifications, and those candidates who best meeting the qualifications listed on this Job Announcement will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include written, oral and/or performance segments. Current District employees must have satisfactory attendance and performance records. Finalists will be placed on an Eligibility List. When filling vacancies, the Human Resources Department will refer the top candidates to the hiring department for final screening and recommendation. Per Board Policy, selected candidates may require background checks performed on their criminal and/or financial records.
Benefits: All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016, will be in the District's Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, he/she may be required to contribute 6% or more of annual income towards the cost of his/hers District pension.
ADA Compliant and Drug-Free Workplace: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you have a need for an accommodation, please call Human Resources at (510) 891-4783.
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has established the goal of a 100 percent drug and alcohol-free workplace. Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and those in safety sensitive positions will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing through their period of employment, including random drug and alcohol testing.