Close Date: Apr 15, 2013
Salary: $57.00 - $76.00 Hourly
Under California statute (CA Code Section 66536.1), the purpose of the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (JPC) is to coordinate and improve the quality of land use, transportation, and air quality planning in the Bay Area. This is being accomplished through the coordination, development and drafting of major planning documents prepared by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
Working for Local Government Services and assigned to the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) in Oakland, California, the person in this position will support the further development of the JPC as a regional policy coordinating body in the San Francisco Bay Area. The JPC Policy Advisor will support the JPC in reviewing and commenting on major interim work products and final draft comments prior to action by the JPC member agencies and ensuring that the JPC receives the information and analyses, necessary to implement its responsibilities.
Typical assignments consist of:
- Providing policy analysis, supporting the JPC’s regional goals, developing and assisting in the completion of JPC initiatives, and helping to coordinate regional policymaking by promoting cohesive and collaborative relationships among the four regional agencies;
- Coordinating the development of the JPC’s regional economic development strategy, in consultation with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and in concert with JPC’s consideration of a variety of regional agency policies;
- Coordinating JPC policy efforts with the JPC’s climate consultant, related to climate protection, sea level rise and adaptation strategies.
- Assisting with the coordination and integration of air quality and adaptation issues in the next Plan Bay Area (Sustainable Communities Strategy) as the plan evolves into a more comprehensive regional effort.
- Assisting the JPC Chair in preparing agendas, supporting materials and minutes for JPC action. Assisting the Chair in preparing for JPC Executive Committee meetings;
- Assisting with other initiatives as directed by the JPC Chair and Executive Committee.
Will have a Master’s degree in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation, air quality, land use, city and regional planning, business or public administration, public finance or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant full-time experience in project management.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Experience working at or with one or more of the four (4) JPC member regional public agencies, in a senior position, or in a similar capacity at a similar institution(s).
- Ability to build consensus among diverse stakeholders. Must have proven ability to manage policy relationships between and among agencies that have different functions and stakeholder groups;
- Have strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrated ability both to understand complex policy issues and to integrate policy analysis into policy objectives and work plans.
- Demonstrated ability and strength to work directly with elected officials, executives, senior managers and policy staff.
- Communicate well and clearly, both orally and in writing, distilling complex concepts into compelling, relevant and understandable presentations.
- Anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks; measure performance against goals and evaluate results.
The JPC Policy Advisor will report directly to the chair and the Executive Committee of the JPC. The Policy Advisor will work closely with the four Executive Directors of the JPC regional agencies both to accomplish JPC goals and to ensure that individual agency decisions that may affect one or more of the JPC member agencies are vetted prior to announcement and implementation. Day-to-day management will be provided by MTC.
The chosen candidate will be employed through Local Government Services (LGS), a Joint Powers Agency. Local Government Services offers an attractive benefits package including:
Insurance – Employer-paid premiums up to a certain limit for medical, dental, vision, as well as life insurance at one times annual salary.
Retirement Plan – LGS is subject to California Pension Reform and has two pension plans. The plan employees will receive will be based on the individual's historical pension plan membership: either the [email protected] plan or the [email protected] plan as required by law.
Leaves – Vacation, sick leave, and administrative leave:
- Vacation of 12 days/year.
- Holidays of 10 days/year.
- Sick leave of 6 days/year accrued.
- Administrative leave of 1 day/year.
Other benefits include:
- A transportation stipend.
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit an online application by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.
Local Government Services
Following the closing date, applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this brochure. The most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be finalists. A background check to verify information supplied in the application materials will be conducted following candidate notification. For questions email [email protected]
In practice, the JPC is designed to coordinate the Bay Area’s regional planning, policy, and regulatory efforts to ensure that the four (4) regional agencies; Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) act in concert on issues that cut across jurisdictional and or policy bounds while respecting the policymaking autonomy of each.
For more information about the Bay Area JPC go to http://www.abag.ca.gov/jointpolicy/index.html