Government Affairs Manager

  • by City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department
  • Mar 16, 2023

Job Location

Anaheim, CA

Application Deadline


How to Apply

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The City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department is seeking a dynamic Governmental Affairs Manager to manage and coordinate the activities and operations of the legislative and regulatory affairs functions. This position also provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Assistant General Manager.

Candidates must possess five (5) years of responsible experience in utility related state or local government relations including one year of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, public relations, or a related field.


The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Coordinate the organization, and operational activities of all matters relating to the legislative and regulatory affairs functions; provide management staff with timely information, analyses, technical assistance, and recommendations regarding various legislative and regulatory issues and related governmental activities.
  • Coordinate Public Utilities’ legislative and regulatory programs; identify potential legislation and regulatory actions that may impact Public Utilities operations and programs; prepare written analysis and recommend courses of action; communicate potential impacts to management staff.
  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies and effective business relationships to promote Public Utilities’ interests in pending regulatory changes and legislation.
  • Manage the work for assigned governmental affairs services and activities; meet with in-house and contract staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the Government Affairs program budget; forecast funds resources; monitor and approve expenditures; recommend adjustments as necessary.
  • Serve as a liaison to public agencies; manage consultants and ensure that a close watch is maintained on proposed and active assembly and senate bills and federal legislation, and regulations.
  • Develop and implement the Utilities’ legislative and regulatory programs to obtain available resources and avoid adverse impact on Utilities operations; inform appropriate Assistant General Manager of all legislative issues affecting Utilities; initiate appropriate Utilities response to proposed or pending legislation or regulations.
  • Participate in the pursuit of grant funding opportunities; monitor department grant activity; develop grants; initiate congressional support; prepare inventory reports.
  • Provide staff assistance to the Assistant General Manager; participate on a variety of committees; prepare and present staff reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary.
  • Coordinate governmental affairs activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of government affairs; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures.
  • Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements.
  • Perform related duties as required.


Experience and Education: Five years of responsible experience in state or local government relations including one year of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, public relations, or a related field.

Knowledge of: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a governmental affairs program; principles and practices of state and federal bill writing, lobbying and implementation; legislative review and strategies; Utilities related regulations; lobbying techniques; water and electric industry markets; modern and complex principles and practices of public administration; principles of contract administration; principles and practices of grant preparation and administration; effective research and analysis techniques; principles and practices of program analysis; principles of municipal budget preparation and control; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; principles and procedures of record keeping; principles of business letter writing and report preparation; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to: Manage Governmental Affairs function, including operations, services and activities; recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing governmental affairs services; understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations; participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets; plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines; effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit; work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies; respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility; travel, analyze and interpret federal and state legislation and regulations; analyze legislative and regulatory programs and prepare recommendations; plan, direct and initiate appropriate contract action; maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality; stay informed of events affecting the City and its operations; effectively work with lobbyists and legislative and regulatory bodies; use tact, sound judgment and professionalism in communicating the City’s position of various legislative issues; interpret and explain City policies and procedures; prepare clear and concise reports; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.



Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 5:00PM. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date.

The selection process may consist of a minimum of skills examination and oral interview.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill the current and/or additional vacancies throughout the City.

Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration. Stating “See Resume” is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a reference / background check (to include a conviction record) and pass a post-offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a drug/alcohol screening). The City of Anaheim utilizes E-Verify and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization.

Communication regarding your application and/or status will be sent to the email address listed on your application. Please check your email regularly throughout the recruitment process as you will not receive communications by any other method.

Equal Opportunity Employer