Director of Government Relations

  • Long Beach,CA
  • Jan 24, 2024
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Director of Government Relations

City of Long Beach – Harbor Department, Government Relations Division

Port of Long Beach, California

Annual Salary: $210,000 to $255,000 DOE/DOQ


The Port of Long Beach seeks a Director of Government Relations to help lead the world’s most modern, efficient, and sustainable seaport into an innovative future! As one of the largest and busiest ports in the United States, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) plays a pivotal role in international trade and fosters positive relationships with elected officials, legislators, and key stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels. The Director of Government Relations (Director) will oversee the Port’s Division of Government Relations, with six direct reports and an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million. This leader will be a visionary, strategic, diplomatic, trustworthy, and collaborative team player. This position’s key responsibilities include government and legislative strategizing and planning, writing policy briefs, reading and keeping up with current and proposed legislation. This role requires a problem solver, who is adept at effectively working with POLB’s stakeholders and other departmental leaders. This role offers exciting opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally and make a positive impact at POLB, as you navigate complex legislative landscapes and contribute to the growth of international trade. Become a key player in this mission-driven and dynamic seaport – apply today!

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The Director of Government Relations reports to the Director of the Strategic Advocacy Bureau and will lead and mentor the Division’s six staff and oversee an operational budget of approximately $1.7 million.  They will strategically identify sources of funding for critical projects and lead the division in the development and implementation of 2-year strategic plans aligning with each legislative session.

This role consists of a unique combination of high-level strategy and immersive policy work. The Director plays a key role in shaping and advancing the Port's goals and objectives, which involves staying current on legislative and regulatory actions and determining their potential impact. The Director will also collaborate with staff on policy briefs and participate in the legislative process by drafting and sponsoring legislation. The Director will prepare reports, press releases, and Congressional and State testimony, as well as representing the Port on committees, task forces, and in policy meetings. Maintaining relationships with legislators, policy makers, regulatory agencies, and community leaders is critical in this role.


The ideal candidate will have prior experience in a port or a federal, state, or local government agency; and a background in legislative lobbying, policy development, or government affairs. They will be a strategic thinker and dynamic communicator, with strong public speaking and presentation skills. This individual will also possess a deep understanding of legislative processes, coupled with the political acumen and emotional intelligence to navigate complex stakeholder relationships. They will be adept at developing and executing comprehensive legislative agendas and strategic plans, with an eye toward innovation and sustainability. The ideal Director will thrive in a fast-paced environment, showcasing resilience and adaptability, and pivoting efficiently between competing priorities. They will possess a strong sense of integrity, discretion, and diplomacy in order to seamlessly navigate a fluid political landscape.



  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in public affairs, political science, public administration, public policy, law, business, or a related field.
  • Experience: 10+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience in policy development, legislative research and advocacy, or intergovernmental relations.


  • Education: Master's Degree, MBA, or JD.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual Salary of $210,000 to $255,000 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by February 14th at


SECURE THE DATES: Round one interviews will be held virtually on February 28th, with finalists moving forward to in-person interviews on March 7th. Candidates invited to interview must be available for both dates.



To learn more about this exciting career opportunity and the Port of Long Beach, please join our virtual information session on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 5:00 PM PST, via MS Teams. This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand about the position, speak directly with hiring leaders, ask questions, and learn why the Port of Long Beach is your employer of choice! Candidates are not required to be on camera. To join audio only, call +1 323-451-1087, Phone Conference ID: 775 503 703 #.  

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Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:


Port of Long Beach


$210,000 to $255,000 DOE/DOQ