Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Department Information
The Intergovernmental Relations division is located within the City Manager's Office and manages federal, state, and local government affairs.  The division manages third-party lobbying contracts at both the state and federal level, ensuring Aurora's interests are represented in Washington D.C. and at the State Capitol.  In addition, the division fosters and maintains relationships with local governments, elected officials, and associations representing local government interests (e.g. National League of Cities, Colorado Municipal League).

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Assistant City Manager, the selected hire will perform a variety of analytical and administrative functions to support the city's intergovernmental relations efforts and complete special projects as assigned. Responsibilities also include:  

  • Serves as the city of Aurora's legislative liaison, representing city policies, goals and objectives to legislators, legislative staff, and executive branch officials with professionalism and integrity
  • Tracks legislation, including coordinating and completing legislative analysis, presenting to legislative committees, and managing internal processes and procedures for monitoring, analysis, planning, and implementation of legislation
  • Coordinate Mayor/City Council and city staff participation and policy input on intergovernmental issues with regional, state, and national organizations (e.g. National League of Cities, DRCOG, Colorado Municipal League, and the United States Conference of Mayors)
  • Coordinate city-wide grant activity, ensuring alignment with the city's overall intergovernmental priorities; partner with the city's state and federal lobbyists to ensure effective advocacy with the appropriate government official/agency; evaluate the city's effectiveness in procuring grant funding
  • Organize, plan, and execute intergovernmental related events and activities, including outreach to the State Legislature, the Congressional delegation, and local regional gatherings of elected officials  
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an inter-departmental intergovernmental/regional issues cabinet, focused on effectively analyzing, developing, and recommending positions on intergovernmental issues to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and other city staff as appropriate
  • Serve as a liaison, in support of the Assistant City Manager, to the military community, building relationships with Buckley Air Force Base, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Office, and military communities throughout Colorado to ensure that base priorities and the city are in alignment
  • Build and maintain relationships, in partnership with the Office of International & Immigrant Affairs, with the international consulate corps in the metropolitan region, facilitating the city's relationships with international governments both located in the metro region and/or visiting the area
  • Perform other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  

  • Bachelor's Degree in business administration, political science, public administration or directly related field. 


Experience:  
  • 4 years of legislative/regulatory policy review and analysis experience
Education Equivalency: Relevant professional level experience may be substituted for the education requirements on a year for year basis.

Preferred Experience:  
  • 6 years of legislative/regulatory policy review and analysis
  • Municipal, state, and/or federal government experience 
Licenses:
  • Driver's License
Knowledge:  Knowledge of operational characteristics, services, and activities of regional/intergovernmental organizations; legislative procedures and processes at local, state and federal levels; legislative terminology; ability to understand and interpret state statutes and municipal codes.
Abilities:  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees, and citizens; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy; prepare and complete special reports or projects; maintain accurate records; understand, interpret, and apply department policies and procedures.
Skills:  Strong interpersonal skills. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands

  • Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer and related equipment
  • Vision to read legal descriptions and review drawings
  • Some speech and hearing to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
Work Environment
  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; occasionally works nights and weekend
 Equipment Used
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
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For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
            
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
                                         
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
 
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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