Full Time Intergovernmental Relations Manager in Eugene at Central Services Department

Intergovernmental Relations Manager

Central Services Department

Location: Eugene
Industry: Communications, Government, Jobs
Type: Full Time

The Intergovernmental Relations Manager plans, directs, and reviews intergovernmental relations activities and operations for the City of Eugene (City), including legislative concerns and state and federal lobbying. Responsible for monitoring proceedings of State of Oregon Legislature and U.S. Congress and serving as principal lobbyist for the City at the state legislature, representing council-approved positions on all aspects of local government and coordinating all City responses and activities at state legislature. Leads the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for citywide legislative and policy actions. Builds strong trusted relationships internally and externally. Provides guidance to the City as well as local agencies regarding intergovernmental issues, facilitates regional intergovernmental relations, and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager, Mayor, City Council, and outside agencies. In addition this position may oversee other program areas in the City Manager’s Office.

This position would receive administrative direction from the City Manager’s Office Division Manager and exercises direct supervision over professional employees and administrative staff.

Salary Range: $82,118.40 – $108,388.80 Annually

Closing Date: *Updated* 5:00 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018

Application Guidelines:



Our Organization
In 1944, the citizens of Eugene adopted a council/manager form of government. In this form of government, the City Council develops legislation and policies to direct the City. The City Manager, hired by the City Council, provides administrative direction to the organization, oversees City of Eugene personnel and operations, and carries out the City Council’s direction.

The City has over 1,400 employees and a $450 million total budget. The City of Eugene is a service-oriented and welcoming organization that provides services through six departments:
• Central Services
• Fire & Emergency Medical Services
• Police
• Library, Recreation and Cultural Services
• Planning and Development
• Public Works

Our Community
As the second largest city in Oregon, Eugene has an exciting mix of arts, culture, education, scenic beauty and passion for recreation. Located in the scenic Willamette Valley between the rugged Pacific Coast and the breathtaking Cascade Mountains, Eugene is the county seat for Lane County. With more than 100 city parks, 250 miles of bicycle trails, and numerous lakes, rivers and streams nearby, our community offers a wide range of recreational activities to residents and visitors. Eugene’s mild climate and lush landscapes are just a few of the city’s attractive features.

Eugene is well-known as the home of the University of Oregon. With 20,000 students and over 6,000 employees, the University plays a major role in the community, as does Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University. The employment base has become increasingly dominated by services, trade, and government, and less reliant on the timber industry.

Eugene is a friendly, progressive community with residents who are active and concerned about quality of life issues. The University brings a cosmopolitan feel to the community, and the collegiate teams have contributed excitement and pride on a regional basis. Many residents are health and fitness oriented, and Eugene hosted the Olympic trials for Track and Field in 2008 and 2012. Living in the City of Eugene offers all of this along with the advantages of higher education, a strong public school system, and a short commute to work.
Examples of Duties Performed – Duties may include but are not limited to the following

Directs, oversees, and participates in the work activities, projects, operations, and programs involving City intergovernmental relations; including lobbying efforts, government relations, and the City’s legislative needs. Develops, plans, and directs the implementation of intergovernmental goals and objectives with internal and external city-wide impacts.

Meets with local, state, and federal government officials; represents the City’s legislative needs; develops legislative agendas and manages the City’s state legislative policies.

Develops strategies and recommends short and long range plans regarding legislative and regional issues with City Council, lobbyists, other agencies and staff members.

Monitors legislative activities affecting City operations and evaluates the potential impact; tracks state legislation; anticipates legislative issues and identifies opportunities to develop and influence policy to best meet the interests of the City of Eugene. Recommends action on proposed and approved legislation and regulations.

Develops and recommends policy position on government affairs and legislative issues; researches and compiles data and presents information to City Council, City Manager, Executive Team, and other city staff.

Provides analytical and technical assistance to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager; develops, prepares, and presents reports and surveys.

Monitors and compiles intergovernmental agreements to which the City is a party; provides technical assistance to departments regarding intergovernmental agreements.

Serves on a variety of City committee and task teams; represents the City with state elected officials and regional leaders, establishing productive and positive relationships to achieve best results on public matters.

Actively and consistently grows and maintains partnerships across the organization and community. Coordinates activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Leads and/or supports large, complex projects and contentious issues, which may include presenting recommendations to management, City Council and the community.

Participates in the development of the division’s work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs, monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.

May manage or provide oversight to a complex program area within division other than intergovernmental relations.

Responsible for the selection, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff; assigns work and ensures appropriate training is provided; investigates complaints; recommends and administers disciplinary actions; handles sensitive personnel matters and recommends grievance responses; exercises full supervision over employees.

Ensures division implementation of and adherence to the City’s Affirmative Action and Diversity Work Plans.  Participates in the development and implementation of division-wide diversity initiatives.  Facilitates diversity-related staff development.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of public administration and the legislative process.

Local, state, and federal government structure, functions, operations and legislative process; current social, political and economic trends and operational complications of municipal government.

In-depth knowledge of City organizational structures and interrelationships which may include City goals and priorities, council policies, City and departmental budgets and historical context of intergovernmental partnerships at the federal, state and local level.

Methods, practices and restrictions related to the role of a lobbyist in the legislative process; principles of effective public relations and interrelationships with community groups and agencies, private businesses and firms, and other levels of government.

Principles and practices of program management, budget preparation and administration, and developing strategic plans.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation or professional program/ project leadership.

Possession of organizational savvy as demonstrated by development of strong relation­ships, successful experi­ence maneuvering through complex situations and an awareness of City govern­ment and community culture.

Ability to:

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships including local, federal, and state agencies, public officials, business leaders, committee members, staff, and the general public.

Research, analyze and interpret complex data and information; identify solution and project consequences of proposed actions, implement recommendations and may direct others involved with analysis.

Present complex written and oral reports involving statistical, factual, and theoretical data from multiple sources.

Analyze large, complex and controversial issues and assess the best course of action.

Successfully facilitate, negotiate, problem solve and make tough decisions to complex issues. Evaluate issues from multiple perspectives and work towards creative problem solving involving sensitive situations and issues.

Ability to be resourceful, reach consensus with others and exhibit a collaborative style with community members, elected and appointed officials, executive management and staff. Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and demonstrate strong presentation skills.

Conduct strategic long-range planning related to intergovernmental relations program activities.

Exercise sound management in evaluating, developing and recommending policies and procedures or methods.

Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.

Perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.

Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years of experience in public administration, legislative analysis and intergovernmental relations and/or government program management, including at least two years of managerial or program management responsibility.

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration or a closely related field.  Master’s degree preferred.

License or Certification:
A valid Oregon driver’s license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process: Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.


Current information about the status of a job posting is available by going to www.eugene-or.gov/jobs and selecting “Check the Status – Recently Posted jobs.”

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: $82,118.40 – $108,388.80 Annually
Application Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eugene/jobs/1911525/intergovernmental-relations-manager?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs