Government Relations Manager

Website County of Orange - John Wayne Airport


This recruitment is open to the public. This recruitment will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days and continuously until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County’s needs are met. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This list can be used to fill current and future Government Relations Manager positions throughout the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.


John Wayne Airport (JWA), owned and operated by the County of Orange California, is a medium-hub, commercial service airport. JWA is managed by an Airport Director and Assistant Director overseeing six (6) Divisions, including Business Development, Facilities Development, Finance Administration, Operations, Public Affairs, and Maintenance. JWA has an annual budget of approximately $200M and a staff of approximately 180. JWA is one of the top 40 busiest airports in the country in terms of both passenger enplanements and total operations.

THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIVISION is responsible for all aspects of government, media and community relations, customer relations and communications at John Wayne Airport. Public Affairs staff is charged with responding to media and public inquiries; serving as front-line customer service agents; coordinating Ambassador and Tour Guide volunteer programs; planning and organizing museum-quality exhibitions; disbursing information via the Airport Web site; tracking local, state and federal legislation; enforcing the settlement agreement, educating the surrounding communities about access and noise issues and handling noise complaints. The division is comprised of five units, Access and Noise, Communications, Customer Relations, Government Relations, and Public Relations.

THE POSITION: The Government Relations Manager will report directly to the Deputy Airport Director, Public Affairs. The selected candidate will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing the impacts of federal and state legislation and supporting Board-authorized advocacy on legislative matters. He/she will support the Airport’s interaction with federal and state regulatory agencies including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, United States Customs and Border Protection, along with national and regional trade associations. Additional responsibilities include special projects as assigned, including but not limited to, FAA Airline Competition Plan, Airport Economic Impact Report, biennial Airport Passenger Survey, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, coordination with County Executive Office on county legislative platform and priorities, and Airport tour and briefing for federal and state legislative staff.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate at least three years of experience in legislative and/or government affairs with the County of Orange or other public entities. He/she will have a demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and political acumen in developing legislative, regulatory and intergovernmental affairs strategies, proposals and products. Although not required, possession of a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration is highly desirable.

CORE COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will demonstrate job knowledge and related experience in the following core competencies:


  • Strong knowledge with overall federal and state organizational structures, understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework of commercial and general aviation airport operations
  • Excellent command of the federal and state legislative processes, particularly federal authorization and appropriations process, and federal rulemaking process
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to apply principles and methods of legislative analysis
  • Manage, coordinate or assist in the development and review of airport policies and procedures related to civil rights programs such as DBE and ADA.
  • Confer with County Counsel regarding the interpretation and application of civil rights laws and regulations.


  • Promotes open, candid information sharing across organizational boundaries
  • Respond to Public Records Act (PRA) requests
  • Builds consensus among diverse groups for the purpose of meeting business objectives
  • Listens effectively to others
  • Communicates effectively in writing to develop organizational documents
  • Presents ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively both orally and in writing
  • Deals effectively with various levels of the organization
  • Ensures timely, appropriate communication with stakeholders
  • Applies contemporary technical concepts and best practices to assignment
  • Readily and routinely shares technical knowledge with others


  • Makes sound business decisions based on limited, complex or contradicting information and relevant public service ethical principles
  • Integrates new ideas and contemporary approaches into problem-solving
  • Gathers, analyzes and applies information skillfully
  • Develops alternative solutions
  • Exhibits innovation and creativity in identifying and resolving problems as they occur
  • Works effectively in group problem-solving situations
  • Analyzes issues and data to support and provide input into programs and policy decision-making


  • Sets project goals and objectives aligned with departmental and/or County priorities
  • Plans for acquiring resources needed for project completion
  • Integrates changes smoothly
  • Works in an organized manner
  • Exhibit cost consciousness and conserve departmental and/or County resources
  • Manage various consulting contracts to ensure compliance with civil rights laws


All applicants entering the competition must meet Orange County minimum requirements for Administrative Manager I. Please click here for details on this classification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess vision sufficient to read standard text and a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person to individuals and groups and over the telephone; possess body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop and bend routinely to perform daily tasks and to access a standard office environment; possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard, utilize office equipment and to write; use a County approved means of transportation to travel to and from County facilities.

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Function effectively in a standard office environment.


The successful candidate must possess a valid California Driver’s License, Class C or higher, by date of appointment. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Airport Access Badge with an Airport Driving Endorsement within ten (10) days of employment.


The successful candidate must clear background check which includes a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Security Threat Assessment (STA).


Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) (Refer/Non-Refer): An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate all application materials for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Structured Oral Interview (SOI) Oral Exam | (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by job knowledge experts. Each candidate’s rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate’s qualifications for the job. Only the most qualified candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Eligible List | Score Groups: Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Based on the Department’s needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

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