Director - Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs (OPLA)
The incumbent performs work under the general administrative direction of the Senior Advisor, in consultation with the Mayor, his staff, agency heads, and others in the policy formulation/implementation process. The Director is given wide latitude in designing and executing research projects on the Mayor's evaluation agenda. The Director is expected to manage all aspects of the research process and to report on both progress and findings at established reporting periods or as necessary. Substantive supervision is a matter of a review for policy implications, not continual guidance. Management supervision is designed to ensure that research resources are available and sufficient to accomplish the research agenda established by the Mayor. Completed assignments require normal review by the Mayor. Written products are typically submitted to the Mayor for review and approval, through the Senior Advisor and the Chief of Staff.
Guidelines of the position include: laws and regulations of the District government, Mayor's Orders and instructions, policy priorities of the Mayor governing a broad range of programs and issues. Beyond the relevant applicable sections of the D.C. Code and regulations, there are few firm guidelines to direct the work of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. In most instances, the Director relies on resourcefulness; judgment and ingenuity, as well extended professional experience, to either adapt standard procedures or develop new ones to fit either adapt standard procedures or develop new ones to fit the setting of a particular agency, research problem, or client population.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- As a professional with extensive experience in the conduct of research, administration of research, and policy implementation, advises the Mayor, Chief of Staff, and City Administrator of the success and limits of policies and programs as implemented by executive agencies.
- Meets regularly with the Mayor, and with individual agency directors. Information on office activities and evaluation outcomes is presented by the Chief to the Cabinet, the Council of the District of Columbia, and to the appropriate committees of the Congress of the United States.
- Develop policy agendas to focus District efforts on achieving critical areas of the City-Wide Strategic Plan, as well as to articulate and advance the District's legislative and budget priorities.
- Working with the Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff, build support among council, congress, and other policymakers to resource and execute the mayor's policy agenda.
- Identify and conduct research and analysis of emerging policy issues, as well as those from the council, school board, congress, and other policy making bodies to inform, advance and support alignment of policy positions.
- Support and coordinate with Deputy Mayors and agencies in achieving policy goals through effective legislation, communication troubleshooting, and oversight.
- Engages council, and other policymakers to communicate constructive messages to key stakeholders, as well as build coalitions in support of policy initiatives.
- Supervises the technical work of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, including the selection of projects and programs to be evaluated, the development of research designs, the conduct of the research projects and the preparation of written reports.
- Provides technical and editorial review of all scientific reports and papers prepared by the Office of Program Evaluation to ensure technical competence, readability, and policy clarity and sufficiency. Provides technical and editorial review of research reports from executive branch agencies as part of the mayoral review process.
- Supervises the administration of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, including the development and management of budgets, the selection and management of personnel (including contractors and consultants), the procurement process, and the establishment and maintenance of office management procedures; coordinates, where necessary, with relevant agency and division directors to obtain needed resources. Plans work to be accomplished; gives direction based on the office mission, goals and priorities identified.
- Assists in the transformation of mayoral and legislative directives into implementable public policy by working with agency directors and staff in formulating goals and measurable objectives that link program interventions to expected outcomes.
- Provides the Mayor with information on the cost and effectiveness of existing programs and new mayoral initiatives.
- Consults with operating agency directors in implementing recommendations flowing from the evaluation process and to increase their utilization of evaluation in implementing policy.
- Consults with agency directors on matters dealing with organizational analysis, budget management, management information system design, strategic planning, and using information to make program decisions.
- Prepares policy papers and policy addresses for the Mayor, especially when related to the implications of evaluation studies conducted by the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Presents evaluation findings to the Mayor, the City Administrator, and the Policy Council, individual agencies of the Executive Branch, the City Council, and Congress. Coordinates with the Policy Office, the Office of the Budget, agency heads, the staff of the Office of the Mayor, and others involved in the policy process to assure that appropriate objectives of all are taken into consideration.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
BACKGROUND AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
- Requires Bachelor's degree in public policy, public administration or a related field.
- Requires 3-5 experience in policy and/or legislative development with documented experience working with legislative bodies at the local, state or federal level.
- Requires demonstrated experience with policy development and the legislative process at a local, state or federal level.
- Must have strong working knowledge of the District of Columbia's unique legislative process and District agency rule making procedures.
- Mastery of evaluation design and management policy and policy research, program development, and strategic management concepts. Mastery of quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
- Thorough understanding of data system design and management, benefit/cost analysis, econometrics, research design, statistical techniques, and field research.
- Mastery of policy planning concepts and their application, program evaluations and concepts, and techniques. Mastery of internal policies, procedures and practices of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, the Office of the City Administrator, and the Executive Office of the Mayor.
- Mastery of and skill in problem solving, negotiation strategies, and project management. Expert management skill and experience in planning, organizing, directing and controlling apprenticeship systems.
- Mastery of and skill in applying oral and written communication techniques to present evaluation findings effectively to both professional and lay audiences. Must be able to participate comfortably at the highest levels of government in all phases of public formulation and implementation.
- Demonstrated experience in providing leadership in a supervisory capacity.
- Ability-to supervise subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty, and the requirement of the assignments and their capabilities.
- Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of program effectiveness, and the improvement of complex management processes and systems.