Government and Community Relations Manager

SUMMARY OF POSITION

4Culture is hiring an experienced Government and Community Relations Manager. This is a newly created position that will assist with the development and management of 4Culture’s government and community relations strategies and activities. Responsibilities include monitoring, analyzing, and advising on public policy, legislation, and judicial activity that intersects with 4Culture priorities at the local, state, and national levels. The person in this position will also help 4Culture identify and nurture partnerships and collaborations needed to strengthen relationships between 4Culture and the region’s elected officials, legislative staffs, tribal governments, and community leaders. The position will report to the Executive Director, and will coordinate closely with 4Culture’s Marketing and Communications team. The successful candidate will begin working in early 2019.

ABOUT 4CULTURE

As the cultural funding and services agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make the region vibrant. The organization’s four program areas—Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Public Art—put public resources to use all over King County. The Board, Executive Director, staff, and Advisory Committees are committed to addressing racial, geographic, and income-related funding inequities and creating an environment in which all King County residents participate actively in cultural opportunities. For these reasons, 4Culture is currently working with experienced consultants to inform organizational change and a reimagining of its vision, mission, and values as well as designing new policies, practices, and systems to embrace, integrate, and model racial equity and social justice.

4Culture is an independent public agency, chartered under state law and King County ordinance in January 2003, after 35 years as the King County Office of Cultural Resources. The ideal candidate for this position champions public support for arts and culture and has demonstrated commitment to and experience advancing racial equity and social justice.

4CULTURE'S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Arts

4Culture funds individual artists, artist groups, and arts organizations that provide access to art experiences for all King County residents and visitors.

Heritage

4Culture helps communities recognize, preserve, and explore our shared heritage—in all the places where the past meets the present.

Preservation

4Culture supports the preservation of historic places that give King County its character.

Public Art

4Culture commissions and collects for the King County Public Art Collection, bringing artists’ thinking to the spaces we share and offering consulting to the region.

PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS

Government relations

  • Monitor, analyze, and report on key policy issues and legislation relevant to 4Culture interests, especially around cultural policy, philanthropy, arts, culture, heritage, and public art.
  • Work with the Executive Director to strengthen relationships with elected officials at the city, county, state, and federal level and with tribal governments to accomplish 4Culture’s strategic goals.
  • Liaise with elected officials, legislative staff, and tribal governments, serving as a primary point of contact and convener.
  • Provide advice, analysis, and strategic direction regarding legislative and public policy issues impacting 4Culture.
  • Conduct research and draft reports, fact sheets, briefing memos and other written products on federal, state, and local legislative and policy issues.
  • Work with 4Culture Board, Staff, and Advisory Committees to coordinate and track meetings with elected officials.
  • Work closely with 4Culture Communications and Marketing staff to support internal and external community relations, PR, and communications.
  • Contribute to data collection and data tracking projects in order to support 4Culture strategies and activities.

Community relations

  • Develop relationships with individuals, organizations, and institutions through networking efforts, partnerships, and collaborative activities.
  • Represent 4Culture at a variety of community and civic gatherings and venues.
  • Represent 4Culture at applicable local, state, regional, and national events, meetings, and conferences.
  • Contribute to the overall health and welfare of 4Culture by participating on internal committees that address issues affecting agency operations and working collaboratively to create publications, presentations, and other 4Culture outreach and advocacy materials.
  • Supervise interns and/or volunteers as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced degree or equivalent experience in nonprofit or public administration or government affairs-related discipline and at least five years of government relations/affairs experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) are the minimum requirements for this position. The most successful applicants will have senior level legislative and/or government relations experience.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • A deep appreciation for, understanding of, and commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice.
  • Firm understanding of legislative, judicial, and governmental processes.
  • Ability to lead discussions on policy issues in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously, often in a high-stress, high-pressure environment.
  • Experience working with tribal governments and tribal agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Facilitation, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • The ability to research, write, review and edit reports, news releases, and other publicity or educational materials.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Salesforce.
  • Ability to work independently and with 4Culture staff, Board members, County employees, media and members of the general public in an effective, congenial, and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated skill in building and maintaining relationships with elected officials, staff, tribes, and community groups.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Work location is 4Culture offices at 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle, with fieldwork throughout King County.
  • Position works a 37.5 hour week, Monday-Friday. Occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend hours are required.
  • Position reports to the 4Culture Executive Director, and works collaboratively with other 4Culture staff.

COMPENSATION

The salary range for this position is from $90,000-$100,000 depending on experience and includes a competitive package of benefits, including participation in the WA State Retirement System. It is classified as Regular Full Time, Exempt.

TO APPLY

Submit a letter of interest, resumé, and one short writing sample via email to Melissa Newbill at melissa.newbill@4culture.org.

The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, references will be checked during the process of interviewing the finalists and with the applicant’s knowledge.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

Tuesday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 pm PST (not a postmark deadline—all submissions must be submitted via email).

NO DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING

4Culture is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures, and life experiences of all employees are critical to our success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects our residents, meets the needs of the communities we serve, and leverages the power of our employee's individual uniqueness. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to creed, age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability unless such limitations are necessary for the performance of the role and no less discriminatory alternatives are available.

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