Senior Government Relations Analyst

San Diego Association of Governments
  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description

This dynamic and regional-focused position will serve as the agency’s primary liaison with SANDAG Board members, local elected officials, and partner agencies to advance SANDAG policies, projects, and programs. The analyst will represent SANDAG at public meetings and events and develop and maintain relationships with local jurisdictions and partner agencies to cultivate partnership opportunities in support of shared regional priorities.  

Overview of the Government Relations Team
The Government Relations team advances SANDAG programs and projects through intergovernmental strategies, policy, and legislation. With a key focus on collaboration, the Government Relations team cultivates partnerships at the regional, state, federal, and binational levels to help secure the funding and support needed to deliver the agency’s priorities.


Job Responsibilities


  • Serve as primary liaison to Executive Committee and Board of Directors, in coordination with executive leadership; including development of meeting agendas, facilitation of informational briefings, and staffing of Board Leadership for SANDAG activities.
  • Identify and cultivate areas of collaboration and problem-solving with local jurisdictions and partner agencies to advance SANDAG policies, projects, and programs.
  • Prepare speaking points and presentations; develop background documents and informational materials regarding SANDAG activities.
  • Contribute to the development of policy and communication strategies to advance the agency’s priorities.
  • Participate in meetings with committees, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community groups as a representative for the Government Relations team and SANDAG and present written, oral, and visual reports to stakeholder committees, outside agencies and organizations, and/or community 
  • Provide staffing and support for elected officials at agency events, groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings, etc. 
  • Coordinate Government Relations activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide information and assistance regarding Government Relations programs and projects; receive and respond to concerns and questions; review issues and recommend corrective actions.
  • Perform   and    coordinate   supervisory   and    advanced   level   professional, analytical, and   administrative duties for Government Relations projects, functions, and activities.   
  • Supervise a small team of staff, coordinate workload, and assign responsibilities, review work product, evaluate performance, provide feedback and coaching, support and encourage professional growth and development.



Typical Qualifications


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in political science, regional planning, public or business administration, international relations, or a related field.  A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree. Ability to travel as needed (5 to 10%).
  • Five years of progressive professional experience collaborating with local elected officials and representatives from regional agencies and knowledge of various issues affecting the San Diego region related to transportation, land use, environment, economic development, housing, and public safety.
  • Knowledge of various local political, economic, and social trends and principles as they apply to SANDAG programs, activities, and operations.
  • Knowledge of regional government agencies, departments, and institutions and the funding practices of federal, state, and local grant agencies.
  • Knowledge of various methods and techniques to reach mutually agreeable solutions and outcomes.
  • Experience supervising others including providing technical direction, evaluating the work of employees, and career and performance focused feedback and coaching. 
  • Experience performing complex, responsible, and difficult professional, analytical, and administrative work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Experience establishing, maintaining, and fostering effective and credible working relationships with outside agencies and organizations, community groups, and residents.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of Government Relations program goals.


$81,524.91 - $126,363.62 Annually

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