DIRECTOR OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for developing and directing programs and initiatives for maintaining contact with municipal leaders, and coordinating staff efforts to obtain the desired outcome outlined in the Onondaga County Water Authority Executive Director’s strategic plan and objectives. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Executive Director, with guidance received from the Onondaga County Water Authority Board of Directors.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Serves as the OCWA representative at the Federal and New York State level to explore potential funding opportunities related to initiatives involving local system integration, with a focus on funding to assist in redevelopment and reinvestment of identified areas in need.
Develops and facilitates relationships with County, Town and Village governmental officials through conferences and ongoing discussions.
Conducts public education and outreach to governmental and community organizations, including local school districts, about OCWA operations and initiatives.
Serves as a liaison with County, Town and Village governmental officials with respect to inquiries related to consolidation and ongoing developments and expectations.
Acts as a liaison with OCWA’s industrial and large commercial customers.
Advises the Executive Director on various intergovernmental relationships and policies.
Develops and publishes content, including videos, news stories, graphics, releases and social media posts to support OCWA governmental and public outreach efforts.
Coordinates confidential initiatives within the Water Authority.
Coordinates the preparation of administrative reports.
Work with OCWA executive team on the development of annual and long-range Capital and O&M budgets in conjunction with a strategic plan.
Coordinates special projects at the direction of the Executive Director.
Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, and works cooperatively to provide quality service to water customers.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of Federal, State and local legislative procedures, functions and committee organizational structures.
Good knowledge of the principals and practices of public administration.
Ability to analyze and interpret research findings and reach conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to prepare content using knowledge of website and social media platforms.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with government officials and the public in one on one settings, as well as in a group.
Ability to prepare effective written correspondence, records and reports.
Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board
of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree, and five (5) years of full-time experience, or its part-time equivalent, in public or business administration.
09/2021 Date of Original Composition