Fairfax County Job Openings - Detailed Description for Job #12-1416

Fairfax County Application Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., #270, Fairfax, VA 22035


Office of the County Executive

Job # 12-1416

$83,043 to $138,405  (Grade S34)

Fairfax County Government is one the nation's largest and most comprehensive local governments in the Northern Virginia Area. The Office of the County Executive has an exciting opportunity for an accomplished professional to serve as its Legislative Director. As the principal liaison with state and federal legislative officials, the Director is the county's chief legislative spokesperson and lobbyist/advocate for the Board of Supervisor's initiatives and positions. The selected candidate will collaborate with others to affect influences on national and state policy positions to align with those of the county, and will partner with other jurisdictions to identify and develop common legislative agendas for consideration by the Virginia General Assembly or Congress. The Legislative Director works under the auspices of the County Executive and is a member of the Senior Management Team.



Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work that includes public administration, political science, communications, policy analysis or a related field; plus six years of progressively responsible experience in federal and/or State government relations for a private non-profit or public entity.



This position requires extensive travel. The individual in this position is expected to essentially reside in Richmond for the duration of the annual legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly. The position also requires attendance at legislative meetings throughout the year, primarily in Richmond, as well as other sites in the state, or the Washington, D.C. area.



- Proven ability to monitor and analyze policy trends, movements and proposed legislation that may positively or negatively affect the county.
- Strong experience in government affairs and public policy and policy-making processes, including public policy analysis; preference for state government relations experience, particularly within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Exceptional knowledge of federal, state and local government processes and inter-connections.
- A demonstrated understanding of local government operations and policies.
- Proven ability to formulate political strategy, and to affect change by working with elected officials.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; a proven ability to conceptualize, interpret, and articulate positions or ideas.
- Ability to work independently, in a variety of situations.
- Flexibility and ability to work under time constraints and deadlines, and to perform multiple tasks.
- Shows discretion and uses good judgment, particularly in public settings.
- Ability to monitor and empower staff, and to lead by example.



A panel interview will be conducted, plus a 20-minute written exercise will be administered. Two samples of previously written documents should be submitted at time of interview.



Must obtain registration with the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a lobbyist for the county of Fairfax, within 15 days of hire, and annually thereafter.


To Apply:

Submit your resume on-line through the AIMS system.

If this is the first time you have used AIMS, you will need to create an account.

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.


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Most positions advertised here are merit system positions funded for full benefits such as health insurance, retirement, life insurance and paid leave. Follow the link for details on Fairfax County's comprehensive benefits program for merit system employees. If a position is not funded for benefits that information will generally be included in the job announcement.


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