Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • 28-Mar-2018 to 23-Apr-2018 (EST)
  • Government Affairs
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • $80,156 - $104,203
  • Salary
  • Full Time

COTA offers competitive benefits including: Medical/RX, Vision, Dental, Supplemental Insurance, Life Insurance, Employee Discounts, Employee Bus Pass; Wellness Initiatives, Tuition Reimbursement, as well as Retirement through OPERS/Deferred Compensation.


This position is responsible for developing and executing legislative and advocacy strategies as well as creating and maintaining strategic networks and partnerships. Plays a critical role in driving top priority initiatives and new opportunities for COTA by leading cross-functional teams in the development of strategies and new partnerships and services. The position will develop effective working relationships between COTA and elected officials, communities, stakeholders, public agencies, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and groups at the local, regional, state, and national level to meet COTA's mission and strategic objectives. Performs highly responsible professional level support planning and directing strategic administrative, financial, and operational responsibilities.


  • Serve as a primary liaison and provides leadership and support to local, regional, state and federal government officials, including elected officials, and relevant state agencies; build effective relationships in support of COTA's strategic objectives and initiatives;
  • Develops COTA's legislative priorities and advocacy efforts;
  • Maintain ongoing awareness of national, state and community-level issues affecting transit authorities, including potential, pending or current legislation, regulatory action, decisions or issues;
  • Provide strategic management, coordination, or support for local and strategic COTA events, plans, Board action, and meetings as needed;
  • Provide management, planning, engagement support to state, regional and local political, economic and community development initiatives, committees, organizations, and partners in alignment with COTA's strategic focus, objectives and initiatives;
  • Maximize COTA participation in key local, regional and state based organizations. Leads discussion and research regarding public/private partnerships;
  • Research, evaluate, and execute effective strategic partnerships, leading edge ideas and trends to address current and anticipated transportation challenges with government, academic, private sector, transportation professionals, foundations, and non-profit;
  • Consult and collaborate with COTA leadership and management team on partnership level agreements and new services and opportunities;
  • Manage the development and implementation of effective stakeholder and civic engagement strategies, including proactive engagement plans with external stakeholders, leaders and key staff in the business and economic development communities, non-profit sector, and other key sectors who might influence and impact COTA; ensure timely response to stakeholder needs, concerns, inquiries, and keep them informed of critical issues;
  • Supervises the work of the Public Affairs Administrator;
  • Develop effective internal relationships by collaborating and consulting with all divisions, internal stakeholders, staff leadership, and peers in implementing strategic partnerships, programs, new initiatives, and public affairs strategies; create value for the efforts of internal peers and leaders by participating and providing management support to cross-functional COTA teams;
  • Provide effective direction and leadership to assigned staff and to cross-functional COTA teams including oversight, strategic management and supervisory direction;
  • Develop and manage program budget and work plan strategy, as well as multiple projects, including budget development, monitoring and reports;
  • Develop scopes of work and participate in selection of consultants/contracted services; monitor project budget, timeline and performance of contractor when assigned as project manager;
  • Serves as deputy to the Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic External Communications; acts as an advisor to the Vice President; works closely with the Vice President in external work, setting direction for the Government Affairs Division, and implementation. Represents the Vice President as needed for external and internal meetings and events;
  • Member of COTA's Management Leadership Team. Attends and presents to the COTA Board and Committee meetings as needed; and
  • Prepares official correspondence, reports, resolutions, testimony and other presentations.


Requires a Bachelor's Degree in political science, public administration or other related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in government relations, developing public policy and lobbying; at least five (5) of those seven (7) years must be in program management, project development, and supervisory experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience in planning or public administration will be considered.


  • Knowledge of established trends and practices in transit, transportation, planning, partnership or business development, government relations and public administration, civic engagement;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and program development including needs assessment and program evaluation;
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent professional judgment in a variety of settings and with individuals at all levels of the social strata;
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to engage stakeholders and members of the community confidently, and responding in stressful and complex situations with presence and poise;
  • Ability to be proactive, adaptable, and innovative within a dynamic environment;
  • Ability to deliver presentations to a variety of public groups;
  • Ability to develop and administer budgets and fiscal assets;
  • Ability to work independently and to set priorities; and
  • Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective interpersonal skills with the public and co-workers.


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