CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 010
Established: 5/2011
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1

STRATEGIC POLICY ADMINISTRATOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under policy direction, to serve as a key executive strategist and policy advisor to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator; to represent County leadership on a wide range of topics at the Federal, State, regional and local levels; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Strategic Policy Administrator serves as a strategist, advisor, sounding board and project manager to the County Administrator and the elected County Commissioners on a wide range of highly complex and sensitive policies and strategies. These issues involve significant implications within the community and regional environments. Assignments are broad in scope and allow for a high degree of independence and discretion in their implementation, and require seasoned professional experience, political acumen and the ability to proactively facilitate policy connections into coherent policy format.

The Strategic Policy Administrator is a contract, unclassified leadership position that will strategize, advise and implement complex and sensitive policy directions and interact with a wide range of elected and staff officials. The incumbent has considerable interaction with and receives broad policy and goal direction from the Board of County Commissioners, reports to the County Administrator, and is a member of the County's executive management team.

The Strategic Policy Administrator differs from Policy Analyst Senior which assists the director of a large department in research, development, management, and administration of major projects usually requiring input and coordination among several of its divisions and serves as the director's representative to other jurisdictions on significant issues. It also differs from Commission Policy Coordinator Senior that provides complex/confidential liaison, project administration, and technical and research support to County Commissioners and County Administrator and acts as the Commissioners' representative in high profile community and agency relations regarding complex and/or controversial County activities or special projects.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Provides centralized expertise and guidance on a broad spectrum of County policy matters, including policy issues impacting County special districts, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator; provides advice and counsel on a wide range of complex policy and strategic issues.
  2. Identifies policy connections between disparate interest areas; connects global strategy points and details into a coherent policy format; defines and frames the issues; determines appropriate methods of approach and analysis; conducts or facilitates analysis of relevant data; develops internal and external involvement strategies and advises on implementation alternatives, their impacts, and pros and cons; assists and advises on weighing policy options and choices in situations where there are no applicable precedents or clearly preferable choices.
  3. Consultatively leads and serves as project manager on complex initiatives, strategies and projects; presents short and long term options and alternatives; may assemble ad hoc working teams on specific issues; makes recommendations for courses of action to most effectively achieve identified overall goals.
  4. Acts as Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator's policy representative to internal and external groups, including local, State, regional and Federal levels in conjunction with Public and Government Affairs (PGA) Department, who are stakeholders in the issue under analysis and study; serves as a knowledge leader to shape critical policies within County departments and outside agencies; participates in local, regional and state organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate intergovernmental programs.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Comprehensive knowledge of: Strategic policy implementation methods and skills; principles, methods, and techniques of public administration, including public policy and decision making; project management methods and techniques; federal, state and local legislative processes; organization and function of County departments, service districts and agencies; social, political, intergovernmental and environmental issues influencing County operations and impacting potential change opportunities; federal, state, and local government operating methods and procedures governing County structure, functions, operations and intergovernmental relationships; strategic plans and cooperative programs relating to intergovernmental operations, including land use, economic development transportation, and revenue sharing; government funding sources and financing methods; techniques of mediation, negotiation, and public relations; principles and techniques of group dynamics and group decision-making; research methods and analysis techniques.

Skill to: Maintain significant awareness of County issues; analyze and make sound recommendations on highly complex, sensitive and political issues; apply creative problem solving and thinking to the analysis of policy issues; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Commissioners and County Administration, government agencies, elected officials, County management and employees, and the public; coordinate development, interpretation and application of policy direction and advocate strategies to achieve Board of County Commissioners goals; provide staff support to the Board of County Commissioners, elected officials, County Administrator and Department Directors on intergovernmental issues and projects; effectively communicate, represent, facilitate and negotiate with elected and staff officials at a wide range of Federal, State, regional and local, elected and regulatory interactive levels; present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in meetings and before internal and external groups; proactively facilitate policy directions; exercise sound expert judgment and seasoned political savvy within policy guidelines; exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations; communicate effectively and strategically, both orally and in writing; prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports and other written materials; effectively guide comprehensive legislative and intergovernmental relations strategies and legislative agendas; analyze legislation and other issues for potential impact on County operations; respond to changes desired by Commissioners, County Administration and County management leadership; understand, interpret, and apply relevant Federal, State, and local statutes, rules, and regulations.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skill.