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City of Reno, NV Legislative Relations Program Manager in Reno, Nevada

Legislative Relations Program Manager



Class Title

Legislative Relations Program Manager

Class Code



$101,500.52 - $132,952.09 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the City's Legislative Relations Program; performs a variety of administrative duties involved in monitoring and analyzing state, federal, and local legislation affecting the objectives and policies of the City; advocates the City's position at the state legislature and promotes issues in the City's best interest; researches and analyzes legislative issues and bills and determines the City's position on each; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Chief of Staff.

Essential Functions

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

Assume management responsibility for the City's Legislative Relations Program; manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned operations; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for assigned staff including contract lobbyists; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Research and analyze legislative issues and bills; determine the City's position to ensure legislation is in the City's best interest.

Develop strategies to persuade diverse audiences to accept the City's position on various issues; function as the City's advocate on issues of concern; design and present presentations on City and State issues.

Serve as liaison for the City with citizen groups and commissions; establish and maintain liaison with representatives of community-oriented organizations, businesses, and other agencies.

Coordinate the preparation and submittal of the City's legislative proposals to the state and federal governments; meet with individual legislators and state officials; appear before legislative committees and other groups to present and explain the City's position on legislative matters.

Respond to requests and inquiries from legislators, City staff, and the general public regarding bills passed or pending and City positions on various legislative issues.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new legislation having possible effects on City operations; represent the policy objectives of the City at assigned meetings and hearings as appropriate; develop strategies to persuade diverse audiences to accept the City's position on various issues.

Prepare and present staff reports to the City Council regarding legislative activities; recommend City position on various issues.

Develop and implement programs for legislative sessions including group participation, meetings with City Council and committees, and various other functions.

Provide responsible staff assistance to the Chief of Staff; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to Legislative Relations programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of legislative relations; incorporate new developments as appropriate.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a local government legislative relations program.

Principles and practices of public administration including the organization, functions, and problems of municipal government.

Operations, services, and activities of a municipality.

Federal, state, and local legislative processes.

Current social, political, and economic trends and operating problems of municipal government.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentations.

Advanced principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.

Speech writing principles and techniques.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and, regulations.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:

Oversee and manage the City's Legislative Relations Program.

Participate in the development and administration of program goals, objectives, and procedures.

Analyze legislative issues and determine their effect on City operations.

Effectively represent the City's objectives, policies, and procedures.

Advocate the City's position at the state legislature and promote issues in the City's best interest.

Recommend City position on various legislative issues.

Understand and work within state and local government policy arenas.

Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of the City's legislative team including contract lobbyists during legislative sessions.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Analyze and define problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Identify and respond to sensitive community, organizational, and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Prepare clear and concise reports, professional correspondence, and presentations.

Write speeches for management and elected officials.

Handle multiple demands and priorities simultaneously.

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

Negotiate and resolve complex issues.

Deal constructively with conflict and develop consensus.

Make effective presentations to the City Council, top management, public groups, and/or television audiences.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, industrial relations, or a related field. A Master's or Juris Doctorate degree is preferred.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in state or local government relations.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Registered Lobbyist with the State of Nevada.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites and locations; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 03/2019

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.