Plans and directs all aspects of the government affairs function, including the communications, media relations, community relations, and environmental advocacy functions.
Responsible for the tracking and influencing of transportation and infrastructure legislation, at both state and federal levels, and resource programs that affect JAXPORT’s development and marine operations.
Frequently represents JAXPORT interests with external consultants, local, state and federal legislators, international groups, the public, and with resource and regulatory agencies at all levels of government.
Position provides strategic guidance and counsel to senior management as well as develops and administers the policies and procedures pertaining to these critical functions and programs in accordance with applicable laws and guidelines.
Directs, develops and implements programs, strategies and campaigns to further the strategic agenda.
Works closely with the CEO in all matters related to internal and external communication.
Maintains current knowledge of all legislation, industry trends and related organizations impacting JAXPORT objectives, and serves as key communicator on these issues.
Directs the activities of external consultants involved in legislative and political services in accordance with project specifications and organizational expectations.
Supports the CEO in serving as liaison with JAXPORT’s local, state and federal lobbying representatives and is proactive in communicating potential impacts or outcomes to both JAXPORT and its stakeholders.
Represents JAXPORT in government affairs presentations, trade shows, exhibits, tours open houses and panel discussions to maximize opportunities for favorable local, national and international support and legislation influencing the success of JAXPORT.
Represents JAXPORT with local and statewide groups such as Florida Ports Council, FSTED, and the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Serves as liaison with JAXPORT’s local, state and Washington lobbying representatives; is proactive in communicating potential impacts and/or outcomes to both JAXPORT and its customers.
This position does supervise employees.
Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public administration, business or a closely related field required.
Minimum of five to ten years’ experience in related field required.
Ten to twelve years’ experience in related field can be substituted for degree.
Relevant experience in general management, organization, method analysis and development and implementation of administrative procedures required.
Prior experience in public administration, governmental affairs with emphasis on transportation operations and facilities is highly desirable.
Maintains current knowledge of all legislation, industry trends and related organizations impacting JAXPORT objectives.
Comprehensive knowledge of standard communications procedures as they relate to business agendas is essential.
Effective and articulate communicator internally and externally, with the ability to reach multiple markets both inside and outside the organization.
Strong analytical skills and a sound reasoning of local, state and federal government functions as they relate to authority.
Must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret complex data and information.
Travel: Extensive and frequent travel required.
Valid driver license is required and must be maintained during employment.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) during employment.
Constantly remain in a stationary position.
Frequently move, traverse inside office or on JAXPORT property to accomplish job duties.
Frequently operate, use or handle equipment, tools, computers and other office machinery.
Rarely/Never ascend, descend, work atop, traverse on ladders, equipment and buildings to perform maintenance and safety functions. Heights up to 200 feet.
Rarely/Never position self to move, to maintain or repair equipment on terminal or in office.
Constantly detect, determine, identify, recognize, observe, inspect to read and use computers.
Constantly detect, converse with, convey, exchange information with others via radio, telephone. Ability to listen to equipment to troubleshoot.
Continuously move, transport and position, material up to 10 pounds and frequently up to 25 pounds.
Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Occasional outside work to include domestic and international travel and jobsite visits.
Internal applicants that meet the minimum qualifications must complete an internal application and send to Human Resources with a copy of current resume by the closing date.
External applicants that meet the minimum qualifications must apply online on the “Careers Page” at www.jaxport.com by the closing date.
JAXPORT will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act
AN EO/EA, ADA AND VETERANS PREFERENCE EMPLOYER
About The Jacksonville Port Authority
JAXPORT is 1,500-acre, full-service, international trade seaport located in the Southeastern United States. The port owns and manages three cargo terminals in Jacksonville, Fla.: Blount Island Marine Terminal, Dames Point Marine Terminal and Talleyrand Marine Terminal.
JAXPORT and its maritime partners handle containerized cargo, ro/ro cargo (automobiles, recreational boats and construction equipment), dry and liquid bulks, breakbulk commodities, oversized and specialty cargoes.
The JAXPORT Cruise Terminal offers year-round cruise service aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,056-passenger ship, the Carnival Fascination.