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Government and Community Relations Specialist

Government and Community Relations Specialist

Government and Community Relations Specialist

Harris County
Houston, TX 77002

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The County Judge is Harris County’s chief executive and presiding officer of Commissioner’s Court, the County’s governing body. The County Judge and the four County Commissioners oversee a budget of more than $4 billion that funds key services, including justice administration, flood control, public health, and housing. Harris County is the third-largest and the most diverse county in the nation, with a population greater than 4.5 million people, 45 percent of whom speak a first language other than English.

As a member of the County Judge’s policy team, the Government and Community Relations Specialist will work with the Chief of Staff, Policy Director, and other staff members to develop and implement federal, state, and local government relations and legislative strategies. The Government Relations Specialist will assist with the County’s legislative and policy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels by collaborating with elected leaders, government officials, the lobbying community, grassroots stakeholders, and County stakeholders to inform the direction of the Judge’s actions and advocacy. They will be responsible for serving as a liaison to government officials, agencies, and community leaders representing the Office of the County Judge at relevant meetings, and dissemination of information regarding stakeholder relationships and the effects of legislation on the County.

  • Advises Judge Hidalgo and her senior team on and leads implementation of the County Judge’s Office’s government relations strategy
  • Represents the County Judge’s Office at certain meetings and events with other government agencies, elected officials, and community stakeholders
  • Establishes and strengthens working relationships with elected leaders and government officials, their staff, lobbyists, residents, advocates, businesses, and others that influence the direction of policy, legislation, and programs affecting the County
  • Proactively communicates important information regarding new and ongoing county initiatives to external stakeholders
  • Supports the planning and execution of stakeholder events
  • Works with the policy and communications team to stay updated on Judge Hidalgo’s positions on pressing policy and legislative matters and to further bolster existing efforts to incorporate external stakeholder input on those matters
  • Drafts, finalizes, and presents memos and other documents for the County Judge to keep her informed of external government activities and initiatives and support her decision-making process
  • Researches, analyzes, and stays informed of federal and state legislative proposals, rules, and regulatory actions for their impact on the County
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in relevant positions with increasing responsibility
  • Ability to engage stakeholders effectively in a variety of public settings
  • Proven track record as an effective advocate and relationship builder
  • Demonstrated results in developing and implementing strategic plans involving legislative and policy matters
  • Broad understanding of Texas’ political landscape and emerging trends
  • Familiarity and experience working with the Texas Legislature and related government agencies

  • Ability to translate complex concepts into plain oral or written language, and a distinctly excellent ability to write, edit, and organize legislative and policy documents and other information very clearly
  • Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to develop and drive new initiatives, work cross-departmentally, work within multidisciplinary teams, oversee projects to completion, and measure results
  • Must demonstrate a strong sense of urgency and initiative and be highly organized and with the ability to achieve systematic delivery under tight deadlines
  • Extremely proficient in project management, including keeping tasks and projects organized and managing team members to ensure that work is completed seamlessly and at a consistent level of quality
  • Proven ability to effectively manage time, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with a team as well as autonomously with accountability
  • Must be thoughtful and possess good judgment in managing various relationships and responsibilities
  • Ability to develop successful working relationships with governments at every level throughout Harris County, Texas, and the United States
  • Should have a sense of humor and agility to adapt to and lead through change

General Information


  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Ability to work outside of normal business hours on a frequent basis

  • Houston, TX

  • Commensurate with Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

This position will require meeting strict deadlines and attending meetings across Harris County outside normal business hours.
Due to a high volume of applications, positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.
The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
    • Flexible schedules (varies by department)
      • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.
For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website:

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