MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Code No. 7959
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND (Non-Merit)
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is executive level work directing the operation of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. Contacts are with high ranking legislative and executive officials within County and State Government, officials of equivalent rank in other governmental jurisdictions, and private sector and community organizations or groups. The purposes of the contacts include presenting, justifying and defending controversial positions where conflicting and opposing viewpoints, goals and objectives are strongly advocated and must be reconciled to develop suitable alternatives or arrive at acceptable compromises.
The employee in this class plans, develops, implements, and evaluates governmental lobbying activities designed to improve the relationship between the County and State Governments. The Director represents the County Executive's as well as the County Council's interests in the General Assembly; monitors State legislation and County Executive actions and programs to improve the County's ability to respond to State budget and legislative issues; establishes a liaison with various State departments, agencies, commissions and committees; provides information to County agencies and citizens on local issues before the General Assembly; publishes an annual summary of the bills passed by the Assembly which affect the County; and serves as the County Executive's spokesperson on legislative issues. The work is performed under broadly defined missions and functions and general administrative direction with little technical guidance. The employee exercises full and final accountability for all matters associated with completing work assignments including determining the work to be performed and the methods used. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and are evaluated in terms of the extent of consideration given to County legislative concerns by the General Assembly. Guidelines consist of broad policy directives and basic legislation, which require the employee to use considerable judgment in interpreting the intent of the guidelines and generating specific policies and guidance for use by subordinate staff in promoting various aspects of the County's legislative agenda. The complexity of the work is reflected in the need for planning and directing a lobbying program aimed at obtaining State Legislators' support for a wide range of County Council and County Executive sponsored legislative initiatives. The work requires consideration of all aspects of Government operation such as economic, societal, land use, and health and welfare, among others, and development of solutions which accommodate conflicting objectives from a variety of organizations, groups and individuals. The work of directing the lobbying program is essential to the mission of the County Government and affects all aspects of citizens' lives throughout the County. The work is primarily sedentary, performed in a typical office setting, and subject to common everyday risks.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only)
Establishes and maintains liaison between the County Council, County
Executive, the Delegation, and the General Assembly concerning legislative
Works with the County Executive, County Council, and County departments and agencies in the preparation and presentation of local legislation.
Analyzes proposed legislation, reviews and coordinates statements and testimony, and presents the position of the County Government relative to significant State wide and local legislation affecting Montgomery County.
Makes recommendations to the County Executive and County Council for the development of a legislative package of State wide interest and is responsible for ensuring the legislation is introduced and given a public hearing and that the County Executive's and County Council's viewpoints on the legislation are presented to the General Assembly.
Attends sub committee hearing on legislation, voting sessions, and Delegation meetings and responds to inquiries regarding the legislation.
Prepares an annual summary of legislation enacted by the General Assembly which affects Montgomery County and is responsible for informing the County Government and citizens of such legislation.
Represents the County Executive with the Maryland Association of Counties, other County Executives, and the Mayor of Baltimore City.
Oversees the day to day operation of the Office of State Affairs, particularly as it pertains to budget and management functions and the assignment of research duties.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience: Extensive (7 years) experience as a legislative analyst
or lobbyist or related field, with at least four (4) years in a managerial
or supervisory capacity which included responsibility for fund and budget
administration, program planning, implementation and administration.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Public Administration, law or related field.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public administration with particular emphasis on the legislative process.
Extensive knowledge of the legal and fiscal relationship between the State and local governments.
Extensive knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the functions and activities of County Government departments and agencies and of the State agencies which deal with the County.
Skill in analyzing and drafting legislation.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with legislative and executive officials at both the State and County levels as well as civic and private groups.
Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to develop defenses of, and justifications for, positions advocated.
Skill in negotiating agreements which accommodate conflicting interests and viewpoints of numerous groups and organizations.
Ability to attend meetings and perform work assignments at locations outside the office.
MEDICAL GROUP: Medical History Review.
Class Established: July, 1977
Revised: July, 1987