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Senior External Relations Representative

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Job ID: 61616
Department: Govt & Community Affairs
Location: New York, NY

Description

The Senior External Relations Representative, a member of the Government and Community Relations Department (GOCOR) will serve as liaison to community and elected stakeholders and will provide guidance on government, community, political and public issues to support the advancement of the Port Authority’s mission.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Develop and maintain external relationships/partnerships with elected officials at the state and local level, community and civic groups, and other interested stakeholders;
  • Provide strategic guidance and assistance to the PATH Rail Transit Department (PATH) and GOCOR; plan, develop and execute (in coordination with appropriate internal stakeholders) the advancement of projects, issues and priorities of the department and the agency;
  • Coordinate community and political outreach on joint projects and work with government agencies to gain necessary approval for PATH projects;
  • Follow and gain knowledge of federal and state legislation related to the transportation industry to draft memorandums, policy reports, position letters, develop public and stakeholder outreach campaigns, and plan elected official advocacy strategies;
  • Manage external negotiations with federal, state and local elected officials, including ongoing communications on behalf of the Port Authority and represent the agency at community meetings and forums;
  • Support planning and execution of agency events relating to facility announcements, project milestones, etc.;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications  

Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:  

  • College degree in Government / Political Science or another relevant field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent work experience;
  • Minimum 2-3 years relevant experience.

Desired  

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:  

  • Advanced degree desirable;
  • Strong writing, research, oral communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with Port Authority staff at all levels as well as external stakeholders and elected officials;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully establishing working relationships and finding opportunities to enhance relations with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Must be a self-starter, be able to work independently, organize work and prioritize multiple assignments within established deadlines to keep projects moving while managing dynamic challenges and issues;
  • Understand the complexities of project development and implementation knowing when it is necessary to lead and/or work as a supportive member of the team;
  • Strong knowledge of all the players on federal, state and local political landscapes being able to draw corollaries to issues of concern to GOCOR, PATH and the agency;
  • Strategic thinker with demonstrated conflict resolution and negotiation skills and a high degree of political acumen to execute tasks diplomatically and successfully.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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