Government & Public Affairs Director

City of San Antonio, TX

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About San Antonio

The City of San Antonio is the Nation's 7th largest city and is home to more than 1.5 million residents. Located in South Central Texas, approximately 140 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, San Antonio offers its residents one of the most attractive and affordable lifestyles in the country. Residents enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the State as well as a plentiful supply of high-quality housing and low utility rates. The economy of San Antonio is an excellent mix of business services, manufacturing, health care, communications, corporate and regional offices, government, and the convention and tourism industry. San Antonio is rich in recreational and cultural opportunities and is home to the San Antonio Spurs.

City Government

San Antonio has a Council-Manager form of government with an eleven-member City Council. Councilmembers are elected by District, while the Mayor is elected at-large. The term of office for the Mayor and all members of the City are two-year terms, for not more than four (4) full terms of office. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who appoints all officials in executive positions with the exception of the City Clerk, City Internal Auditor, Presiding Judge, and Municipal Judges.

The City of San Antonio has been recognized for its high level of professional management by the ICMA and National Civic League, amongst others. For ten consecutive years, the City has maintained a AAA bond rating. The Fiscal Year 2020 adopted operating budget is $2.9 billion with close to 13,000 employees across over 30 departments. The City Manager’s Executive Team consists of Department Directors, Assistant Directors, one Deputy City Manager, five Assistant City Managers, a Chief Financial Officer and a Chief of Staff. The City has made a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, primarily through the formation of a citywide Office of Equity in 2017.

The Government and Public Affairs Department

The Government and Public Affairs Department strategically communicates accurate information about City initiatives, policies and services to advance public trust in City government and to advocate on behalf of the City's local, state and federal interests. The department advances City policy priorities at the state and local level as well as communicating with the public on the City's behalf. Government and Public Affairs is also responsible for city videography and photography, graphic design, language translation and broadcasting City meetings digitally and through the City's cable channel.

The Position

The Government & Public Affairs Director is responsible for planning, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Government & Public Affairs Department to include monitoring state and federal and government activities; developing legislative programs approved by City Council; managing the City's federal and state consultants; and coordinating legislative activities with other public and private-sector entities, overseeing city-wide communications to disseminate information about City services, programs, and activities to foster transparency, build trust and maintain mutually beneficially relationships with the public and stakeholders.

Job Functions and Responsibilities

*Assumes full management responsibility for all department services and activities and recommends and administers policies and procedures including overseeing state and federal government activities, developing legislative programs approved by City Council, managing the City's federal and state consultants, City-wide strategic communications, media relations, television production, creative services, open records and public engagement.
*Manages the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocates resources accordingly.
*Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; and identifies opportunities for improvement; and directs the implementation of changes.
*Acts as official departmental representative to other City departments, City Manager's Office, elected officials and outside agencies; explains, justifies and defends department programs, policies, and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
*Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; estimates funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures; and directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary.
*Provides guidance on applying equity practices and principles to all divisions and programs, which includes but is not limited to applying an equity matrix to project selection, completing a Budget Equity Tool annually, supporting staff in leading Equity 101 and dismantling racism trainings in the department, and ultimately creating and implementing a Two-Year Equity Action Plan for the department in collaboration with the Office of Equity.
*Coordinates departmental activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and City Council; and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary communications.
*Incorporates equity principles into internal and external program and policy design and implementation.
*Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints from both internal and external sources.
*Reviews and signs all higher-level department communication, including ordinances and contracts.
*Attends City Council meetings, delivers presentations and answers questions and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items.
*Monitors state and federal government activities, develops legislative programs approved by City Council that advances the needs and priorities of the San Antonio community manages the City's federal and state consultants, and coordinates legislative activities with other public and private-sector entities.
*Identifies and implements agreements with other public agencies and political organizations in order to provide increased efficiency and service to the citizens of San Antonio.
*Provides staff support to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of intergovernmental relations.
Communicating with attentive listening, monitoring and remaining informed to develop legislative programs and coordinate legislative activities with other public and private-sector entities.

Education and Experience

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in government relations, public administration or business, public relations, journalism, or a related field including five (5) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility. The most highly qualified candidates for consideration will be selected based on a combination of education, career experience, and accomplishments that best fits the needs of the City of San Antonio.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned government relations/communications professional who can effectively lead the City's state and federal government activities, navigate challenging issues, provide trusted strategic guidance to leadership and develop and execute communication plans, and public relation strategies for the City through the variety of City of San Antonio communication channels. The successful candidate must have knowledge of government affairs, public relations, media relations, and marketing principles, practices, and techniques. They must also have knowledge, skills and abilities relating to advancing and understanding equitable communication and how the dissemination of information impacts historically marginalized communities and communities of color. The ideal candidate should be a superior writer and strategic thinker with the capacity to develop and follow through on long-range plans while managing emerging news and delivering results.

The ideal candidate should be a communications leader who is action-oriented, politically savvy, and a self- starter who has exceptional interpersonal skills to help build effective relations through collaboration, adaptability, education and mentoring. Strong knowledge of federal, state, local, and regional issues will be important for the success of this role.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative consensus builder with the ability to illicit cooperation and resolve conflict. They must be able to process information quickly and communicate complex issues and break them down into simple terms to be easily understood. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships within the City as well as with media providers, federal and state consultants, and the public.


The City of San Antonio is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The City offers generous benefits and retirement including annual and personal leave, a deferred compensation plan, relocation/moving expenses and participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:
Reference: SAGPAD

Affion Public
PO Box 794
Hershey, PA 17033

*Deadline to receive resumes is June 01, 2021*

The City of San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of San Antonio


114 W Commerce ST
San Antonio, TX 78205-2413
United States

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