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Chief External Affairs Officer

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Are you a seasoned External Affairs professional who is well-versed in communications, media relations and government affairs? Apply now to join TCA’s fast-paced, innovative executive team as Chief External Affairs Officer!

This exciting, executive-level role provides leadership for all aspects of TCA’s external relations, including: communications and outreach with elected officials, community leaders, media, customers and other stakeholders; establishing and maintaining a positive public image and awareness of TCA’s goals and initiatives; and management of staff while integrating the work of multiple contractors, working on high profile, sensitive issues.

• Plans and develops comprehensive communications strategies, programs, policies and processes to gain support for TCA projects, plans and initiatives. This includes both traditional and evolving platforms including social media channels.

• Develops and implements public affairs programs which advance TCA’s mission, vision and goals. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with government officials, government agencies and community stakeholders, including development of ‘playbooks’ to support TCA Board members and staff.

• Navigates complex issues and finds common ground with multiple constituencies with differing – and often opposing – perspectives; anticipates and identifies issues that could become controversial; provides facts to overcome misinformation. Oversees crisis and emergency communications.

• Directs, leads and reviews the work product of staff and contractors including in the preparation of briefing packets and materials for elected officials and their staff, reports and presentations, news releases, and brochures.

• Ongoing interaction with TCA Board members and executives to engage their support for External Affairs priorities.

What We Are Seeking/Role Requirements

We are looking for a super star to join our executive team!

Bring your knowledge and experience working with government officials, legislative advocacy, public relations, change management skills, persuasive written and oral communications skills, and proven ability to work effectively under pressure to this exciting role which is instrumental in achieving TCA’s mission of enhancing mobility in Orange County!

Competitive candidates will also posses the following:

• At least 10 years of directly related experience, including five or more years at a management level.

• Educational qualifications include a master’s degree in government (e.g., MPA or MPP), communications, public relations or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Summary of Work Environment, Benefits and Compensation

TCA offers a professional and collegial work environment, along with an excellent benefits package which includes:

– Medical (choice of HMO, Kaiser and PPO plans), dental, and vision insurance

– Generous retirement pension plan (

– Up to 2% match to retirement savings account

– Highly competitive annual leave/paid time off package

– Life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability options

– Flex spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent care

– Tuition reimbursement

– Car allowance

– Paid holidays and a “flex” 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday typically off.

The starting pay for this role will vary depending on experience, but is expected to be in the range of $175k-210k annualized.

How To Apply

For consideration, email your resumé and cover letter detailing your experience and your interest in this opportunity to

This recruitment will be open for a minimum of 10 business days. Apply now for consideration as this recruitment may close at any time once the needs of TCA are met.

Human Resources
Transportation Corridor Agencies
125 Pacifica, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618-3304

It is the policy of TCA to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, TCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. TCA is a drug-free work environment and we conduct pre-employment and reasonable suspicion testing.

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