Assistant General Manager for External Affairs

City of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) is seeking highly qualified candidates to lead the External Affairs activities for the Agency.

About Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN)

LASAN is the environmental utility in the City of Los Angeles whose mission is to protect public health and the environment through its multiplicity of programs, including the Solid Resources Program, Clean Water Program, Watershed Protection Program, and the Environmental Quality Program. The strategic goals of LASAN align with Mayor Garcetti’s sustainability goals, articulated in his Sustainable City pLAn and Green New Deal. The Agency’s over 3,300 dedicated employees take pride in their work and believe they have a positive impact on the quality of life of the residents and businesses of the City of Los Angeles. The Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Assistant Director for External Affairs report to the Agency Director/General Manager. Five additional Assistant Directors report to the Chief Operating Officer. The Director/General Manager of LASAN reports to the Mayor. The annual revenue budget is over $1.1 billion, making LASAN one of the largest agencies in the City.

Assistant Director for External Affairs

The position is an Assistant General Manager position for the City of Los Angeles. It is an executive level position reporting directly to the Agency Director/General Manager and overseeing a staff of approximately 50 employees. The position is tasked with devising and advancing advocacy strategies either directly or through the Director/General Manager or other City officials on behalf of LASAN. The successful candidate will foster productive business relationships with the regulatory agencies and other governmental entities and the multiple partner organizations in LASAN’s sectors of interest, be they environmental justice, biodiversity, climate change, brownfields, food rescue, utility, clean water, solid resources, or watershed protection. Specific duties of this position include: short- and long-term financial planning; budgetary, equipment, and personnel allocations; as well as managing the divisions and working units to meet LASAN goals, legal mandates and changing operational needs. The Assistant Director also provides oversight and guidance to division managers and supervisors on External Affairs activities and often represents LASAN or the City in an official capacity before the Mayor, City Council, Board of Public Works and other governmental and regulatory agencies.

The position is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and administering the activities of the following teams:

Chief Sustainability/Resiliency Officer This position oversees the development and execution of strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, education/outreach, and building design.

Clean Up Green Up This position is the ombudsperson for the Clean Up Green Up Program in the environmentally disadvantaged communities of Boyle Heights, Pacoima/Sun Valley, and Wilmington.

Community Services This group coordinates responsive service delivery byLASAN to City residents through requests from the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and other stakeholders. The group also coordinates work performed for LASAN by the Office of Community Beautification and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.

Government Affairs This group coordinates LASAN items requiring approval by the Board of Public Works Commissioners and the City Council. The group also coordinates requests for information and reporting with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council.

Grants This group leverages existing resources by maximizing external funding sources to enhance environmental services and public health, implement infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life for the citizens of Los Angeles, minimize the risk of significant losses associated with weather events and natural disasters, and reduce potential liabilities associated with existing and emerging environmental regulations.

Marketing The marketing staff is responsible for promoting LASAN’s activities and improving the outreach to customers and other stakeholders, including the neighborhood councils. The group is also responsible for LASAN’s social media presence.

Public Affairs Office This office provides public relations support for all LASAN activities, and also indirectly supports the Board of Public Works and other entities within the Board.

Regulatory Affairs Division The Division is LASAN’s lead in working with regulatory agencies, such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, State and U.S. EPA, CalRecycle, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to name a few. This Division also coordinates LASAN responses to proposed legislation and is the lead for LASAN’s climate change activities.

Strategic Planning This position will lead the team comprised of staff from throughout the organization that is responsible for the standardized strategic planning process and development of performance metric tools to foster consistency over time and across projects and programs.

Key Attributes
•             Skilled communicator
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with varying stakeholders and elected officials; ability to represent LASAN at public events.

•             Effective collaborator
Able to act as a facilitator amongst Divisions at LASAN, City Departments, elected officials, regulatory bodies and the business community.

•             Advocate
Ability to effectively promote the Agency’s strategic initiatives; and devise and advance strategies that further the organization’s goals.

The Ideal Candidate Will

•             Have a history of leadership in external or public affairs for public agencies.

•             Exhibit exemplary communication skills, both within the City and to external stakeholders and the greater community.

•             Demonstrate and encourage a strong collaborate work style.

•             Recruit, support, and retain effective and professional staff.

•             Possess knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, sanitation and environmental agencies including regulatory and governmental affairs.

•             Have demonstrated success in regulatory or legislative advocacy.


Applicants must have any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in public relations, environmental sciences/ engineering, public administration or related fields. A Master’s degree, desired.

Ten years of progressively responsible related management or supervisory experience in public affairs, preferably within a public agency. Substantial experience in communication and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders is preferred.

The salary range for the Assistant Director position is $145,032 to $212,036 annually, depending on qualifications and depth of experience. With periodic cost of living adjustments, this range will be $155,054 to $226,694 as of June 20, 2021. The position is eligible for bonuses of up to 13.75% at the discretion of the Director/General Manager.

The City offers an attractive benefits package including health, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick days, and dependent care expense reimbursement. LASAN offers generous retirement benefits including participation in the Los Angeles City Employee’s Retirement System (LACERS). The City also offers a voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan.

To Be Considered
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by October 2, 2019 to:
Management Partners

Attn: Nancy Hetrick

Please contact Nancy Hetrick at 408-437-5400 or with any questions.