Principal Government & Community Relations Representative - AFSCME (Pool)

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Oct 03, 2019
Full Time

Job Description

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.


Government & Community Relations, Office of External Affairs

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2019 current employee cost $147.14 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$112,502.09 Minimum to $146,252.72 Maximum (AFSCME Pay band G)
Initially salary offer will be between $112,502.09 to $129,377.41 (commensurate with experience).

Posted Date

October 3, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Reports To

Division Manager, Government & Community Relations

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

This posting is to fill an immediate vacancy in Santa Clara County. This position will be primarily responsible for working with elected officials, legislative bodies, and community stakeholders in Santa Clara County. While most of the government and community relations work will involve the County of Santa Clara, the position will require work throughout the BART service area.
Note: This posting will establish an eligibility pool list, and any vacancy filled through this posting may be assigned to other counties throughout the BART service area.
The Principal Representative will help the BART organization build and enhance positive relations with the community, local government officials, and other key community opinion leaders. In addition, the incumbent will respond to and initiate outreach activities in the community and work with elected officials to keep them informed about BART programs and initiatives.
The selected candidate will demonstrate they are a skillful team partner to assist the department with monitoring, identifying, and resolving conflicts or perceived conflicts that may arise between BART and the community. The selected candidate will identify opportunities to reach new audiences and amplify BART's messaging. The incumbent will identify community information that is relevant and pass the information on to BART internal staff. The incumbent may also be required to work occasional off hours shift to participate in community relations activities and attend local government meetings.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following criteria beyond the minimum qualifications:
  • Advanced knowledge of services and activities of a government and community relations program.
  • Outreach programs that build cooperative relationships with community groups, organizations, local elected officials.
  • Ability to independently perform the most difficult and complex local government and community relations work.
* * Note: This is a capital position subject to funding.

Essential Job Functions

1. Plans, prioritizes, and participates in the implementation of annual advocacy campaigns to secure local funding appropriations and support for the District's short and long range expansion and renovation plans.
2. Works directly with elected members of the Bay Area local government delegation to gain support for District plans, policies and political strategies.
3. Establishes, implements, and manages public outreach programs throughout the Bay Area to maintain a cohesive community-based support for BART District, advises other community relations staff on sensitive district-wide local and political issues.
4. Represents the District on community and political issues before elected Boards and Commissions.
5. Works with outside consultants, monitors and advises management of consultant's progress and quality of work performed.
6. Communicates and works directly with BART Board members to respond to local and political issues relevant to their respective districts.
7. Prepares reports and other related communications about funding issues, District policies, legislative matters and public information for use by BART management, BART Board members, external public agencies, political bodies and community organizations.
8. Performs the most technical and complex tasks of the work unit including special projects which have a major impact, participates in the development of policies and procedures, recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives and may provide or coordinate training.
9. Confers with and provides professional assistance to District departments on government and community relations matters, such as: collaborates with the Real Estate Department, Access Facilities, Planning and Extensions Planning to provide Community Relations support for systems projects that impact the community.

Knowledge of:
  • Advanced knowledge of services and activities of a government and community relations program.
  • Principles of capital funding advocacy.
  • Outreach programs that build cooperative relationships with community groups, organizations, local elected officials.
  • Principles and practices of legislative program development.
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Principles and practices of legislative lobbying and advocacy programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures of government agencies and legislative bodies.
  • Transit funding programs and processes.
  • Advanced methods and techniques of policy analysis.
  • Current office procedures, methods and equipment including computers.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Advanced methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Related Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations.
Skill in:
  • Maintaining personal contacts with key officials or representatives of organizations.
  • Coordinating the work of advocacy committees.
  • Independently performing the most difficult and complex local government and
  • community relations work.
  • Interpreting, explaining and enforcing department policies and procedures.
  • Working independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Evaluating and analyzing effectiveness of programs and activities.
  • Operating office equipment.
  • Operating standard computer applications such as basic word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
  • Overseeing the work of consultant staff.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in public administration, political science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional government or community relations program development and implementation experience.
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.

Selection Process

This position is represented by American Federation of  State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met.  Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.

The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements.  Pre-employment processing will also include a background check.  (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)

The selection process for this position will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at  Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.   

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART.  Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688. 

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties.  On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at .

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
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