Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager

Job Summary:

The Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager will act as a senior advisor to the Executive Director regarding OKI’s strategic goals. Responsible for the Communications Department, government and legislative affairs, public relations and creating partnerships in support of OKI’s mission. Leads, manages, trains, evaluates, and develops assigned staff.

Essential Functions Include:

  • Manages communications; provides timely progress updates and reports to the Executive Director.
  • Plans, directs, and controls departmental budget and resources; responsible and accountable for Communications and Media Relations goals and objectives that support OKI’s mission.
  • Acts as a senior advisor to the Executive Director regarding OKI’s internal and external organizational data, such as legislative updates and marketing trends. 
  • Meets and coordinates with elected officials from the local, state and federal levels
  • Seeks out new grant opportunities in support of OKI’s mission; seeks out new funding sources in support of OKI’s mission.   
  • Directs and oversees the OKI’s social media activities; delegates to assigned staff.
  • Makes presentations to agencies, businesses, communities, and groups including elected officials.
  • Responsible for agency publications, including, but not limited to the Annual reports, brochures, and informational materials. Coordinates other agency publications as needed.
  • Oversees and coordinates the work of consultants. Attends meetings and ensures follow-up communications and related timelines.
  • Responsible and accountable for employee selection, staffing, training, delegation, development, discipline, and timely performance evaluation of assigned employees. 
  • Responsible for employee relations and all internal management functions for the Communications Department.
  • Responsible and accountable for all administrative functions related to this position.
  • Stays abreast of transportation/infrastructure policies and state and local transportation issues.
  • Supports other OKI departments projects with communications planning and promotion

Job Qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, or related discipline.
  • Seven to Eight years of combined experience in Communications, Public Relations, Management and Legislative Affairs.
  • Extensive experience in the aforementioned fields may be substituted for education above the Bachelor Degree level.
  • Experience in leading a staff
  • Experience in the office of an elected official is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of federal and state planning requirements to attract funding from state and federal agencies.
  • Excellent working knowledge of social media, media relations, press meetings and public relations.
  • Excellent understanding of legislative principals, trends, and day-to-day developments on a local, state, and national level.
  • Extensive experience in meeting with elected officials from the local, state, and federal levels is required.
  • Ability to write grants.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including speech writing.
  • Ability to facilitate / conduct meetings effectively and build consensus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong supervisory / management skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
To apply, send resume to JOndrovic@oki.org.
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