Manager, Governmental Affairs

  • Spin
  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 13, 2023
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Manager, Governmental Affairs

Oakland, CA

Salary:  $15,751 - $19,506/month, 37.5-hr work week


Your Port. Your Community. Your Career.


When you join the Port of Oakland, you become part of a proud local legacy, an organization that touches virtually every resident with its services and programs. The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is in the top 10 busiest container ports in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port's real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas.


The Port is currently recruiting for the position of Manager, Governmental Affairs. The Manager, Governmental Affairs manages and administers the governmental affairs programs of the Port of Oakland in accordance with the strategic plan of the Port as articulated by the Executive Director, approved by the Board of Port Commissioners, and implemented by the Chief Public Engagement Office.


Typical duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops, implements, and monitors the Port's governmental affairs policies, programs, and procedures; recommends to the Chief Public Engagement Officer and the Board of Port Commissioners proposed ordinances, resolutions, and legislation.
  • Develops and directs the processes for gathering and accessing legislative information; oversees the development of legislation of and/or amendments to legislation of concern to the Port; serves as liaison to legislators.
  • Coordinates governmental affairs initiatives with media relations and community relations strategies to promote the Port of Oakland; assists in the preparation of publications, statements, press releases, and other promotional materials; ensures that Port achievements are disseminated; fosters goodwill.
  • Represents the Port to a variety of constituencies, including community-based organizations, professional associations, and elected and appointed officials; maintains effective communications with Port constituents.
  • Recommends annual and long-term plans, programs, and budgets to the Chief Public Engagement Officer; manages the planning, formulation, and maintenance of expenditure control for Governmental Affairs; manages the performance of Governmental Affairs by reviewing actual versus planned performance.
  • Reviews and analyzes legislation affecting the Port and transmits information to Port lobbyists, elected and appointed officials, and staff.
  • Represents the Port's position on legislation to special interest groups, local, state, and federal agencies, and legislative representatives; proposes, initiates, and drafts legislation to address Port concerns and operational and business needs.
  • Researches funding and reimbursement sources for Port projects and develops proposals to secure such funding and reimbursements.
  • Develops and maintains ongoing effective contact with government officials in both Sacramento and Washington, DC, as well as with officials in the City of Oakland and Alameda County.
  • Establishes and maintains regular contact with special interest groups related to Port operational and business needs, including community groups, environmental groups, school districts, corporate executives, and industry representatives.
  • Maintains information on the Port's position on legislation and generates status reports to track legislation; develops and manages the process for providing legislative information to appropriate Port division directors and department managers.
  • Supervises support staff, including writing formal performance evaluations.
  • Performs other management functions which may be delegated by the Chief Public Engagement Officer
  • Performs related duties as assigned.




  • Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in political science, mass communications, public administration, business administration, law or related field.
  • Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in governmental relations.


An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


  • Licenses: Must possess a valid California Class C driver's license at the time of and for the duration of appointment.


  • Additional Requirements: Must be available for on-call duty as required by emergency situations or as required for uninterrupted operations. Must be willing to work overtime and evenings. Must be willing to travel to regional offices and to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.


This classification requires each incumbent to successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check, which will include a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and a Security Threat Assessment (STA), prior to being considered for this position.  This status must be maintained for the duration of employment at the Port of Oakland. 


The Port’s compensation and benefit program ranks among the best in the region for public jurisdictions and is designed to reward performance and promote a balanced lifestyle, both at the workplace and away from the workplace, for our employees and their families. The Port is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and has been recognized as a FIT-Friendly Employer by the American Heart Association.  We offer a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 457 plan and paid leave. The Port offers retiree medical benefits for employees and dependents after 10 years of CALPERS service (including 5 years at the Port).


To apply for this exceptional opportunity or obtain more details, please visit us at Application deadline is December 29, 2023 at 5:00 pm.


The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Port of Oakland


$15,751 - $19,506/month, 37.5-hr work week