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Director of Government Relations

City of Long Beach – Harbor Department, Government Relations Division

Port of Long Beach, California

Annual Salary: $210,000 to $255,000 DOE/DOQ


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The Port of Long Beach seeks a Director of Government Relations to help lead the world’s most modern, efficient, and sustainable seaport  into an innovative future! As one of the largest and busiest ports in the United States, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) plays a pivotal role in international trade and fosters positive relationships with elected officials, legislators, and key stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels. The Director of Government Relations (Director) will oversee the Port’s Division of Government Relations, with six direct reports and an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million. This leader will be a visionary, strategic, diplomatic, trustworthy, and collaborative team player. This position’s key responsibilities include government and legislative strategizing and planning, writing policy briefs, reading and keeping up with current and proposed legislation. This role requires a problem solver, who is adept at effectively working with POLB’s stakeholders and other departmental leaders. This role offers exciting opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally and make a positive impact at POLB, as you navigate complex legislative landscapes and contribute to the growth of international trade. Become a key player in this mission-driven and dynamic seaport – apply today! 


The ideal candidate will have prior experience in a port or a federal, state, or local government agency; and a background in legislative lobbying, policy development, or government affairs. They will be a strategic thinker and dynamic communicator, with strong public speaking and presentation skills. This individual will also possess a deep understanding of legislative processes, coupled with the political acumen and emotional intelligence to navigate complex stakeholder relationships. They will be adept at developing and executing comprehensive legislative agendas and strategic plans, with an eye toward innovation and sustainability. The ideal Director will thrive in a fast-paced environment, showcasing resilience and adaptability, and pivoting efficiently between competing priorities. They will possess a strong sense of integrity, discretion, and diplomacy in order to seamlessly navigate a fluid political landscape.