Federal Relations Director

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Sep 13, 2022
Closes
Sep 27, 2022
Ref
220761
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in public policy, Public Administration, or related field

Experience
  • Minimum eight (8) years' experience with federal and or/congressional relations legislative activities that impacts the organization. Experience influencing government policy/legislative direction and public opinion, to improve the organizations' well being

Certification/Licensure
  • N/A

Preferred
  • Master's Degree in Public Policy or related field
  • Previous work in Congressional/Executive branch experience

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

SUMMARY

The Federal Relations Director leads agency wide coordination in support of federal, state, and local grant funding to support WMATA's capital and operating funding needs. The incumbent leads liaison relationship with House and Senate Appropriations Committee staff in support of annual and other (i.e., emergency) federal funding requests. Tracks Congressional legislation and activities and assists Vice President of Government Relations with additional Congressional relations outreach. Provides policy analysis to support accurate, consistent, and timely internal and external communications.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Serves as principal liaison with federal agencies in support of WMATA's policy and financial priorities. Working with Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Government Accounting Office (GAO), White House, and other agencies as needed. Communications regularly with key staff at US DOT, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DHS, and the White House. Provides timely and thorough updates to federal agencies on WMATA's capital program.
  • Leads Agency wide coordination in support of federal, state, and local grant funding to support WMATA's capital and operating funding needs. Coordinates with capital budget office on federal grant applications to ensure persuasive and timely submissions. Tracks federal, state, and local grant opportunities. Provides direction to Government Relations (GOVR) officers on state and local grant funding.
  • Leads Agency wide coordination in support of federal, state, and local grant funding to support WMATA's capital and operating funding needs. Coordinates with capital budget office on federal grant applications to ensure persuasive and timely submissions. Tracks federal, state, and local grant opportunities. Provides direction to Government Relations (GOVR) officers on state and local grant funding.
  • Attends Washington Metrorail Safety Commission board meetings to monitor and track. Provides support of Chief Safety Officer, serving as a liaison to federal agencies. Provides EVP External Relations and VP Government Relations with reports on WMSC activities and policy issues.
  • Works with regional stakeholders in support of federal funding priorities. Provides updates to coalition stakeholders on federal activities. Assists in leading reauthorization of federal dedicated funding regional stakeholder activities.
  • Works with VP Government Relations on policy development i.e., Surface Transportation Reauthorization Serves as GOVR liaison with internal and external stakeholders engaged in Sustainability issues i.e., Electric Bus.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report

Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.