Director, State and Local Government Affairs
Director, State and Local Government Affairs ReqID: 97922 Number of Openings: 1 Location: Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Operating Area/Functional Area: Corp Strategic Development Bring your energy to ours. Help us become the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure in the United States. At Williams, we're focused on being great. If you are a high-performer and are committed to contributing to something much bigger than yourself, you are going to love working here. We're well positioned to help meet the growing demand for natural gas as a cleaner-burning domestic energy source. Hear from our employees on why they chose a career at Williams: https://williams.wistia.com/medias/zsgtf87fb1 Description: Join a collaborative and highly impactful government affairs and public outreach team. Director of State and Local Government Affairs will lead state and local government affairs efforts within the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. States of responsibility include - but are not limited to - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Partner with internal stakeholders including Communications, Operations, Environmental & Permitting, Engineering Services and Finance to develop and implement a comprehensive state and local issue management process that nurtures relationships across government. Align this with business priorities for existing and prospective operational areas. This role will primarily support efforts at the state and local level, but certain policies and issues may need to be coordinated at a federal level or with other Government Affairs & Public Outreach team members. Engagements with, but not limited to: state government officials, local leaders; NGOs and civil society, trade and business groups, academia, and other third parties. This position will effectively collaborate across all functions and the business to assess and act upon key issues. Responsibilities/Duties: Establish and cultivate key executive relationships with state and local government leaders, policymakers, and regulatory agencies, meeting with them on a regular basis to effectively represent the company position on issues, influence relevant policies and regulations and develop and enhance the reputation of the company. Create lasting relationships that help to establish trust, mitigate potential obstacles, and convey the company's priorities and strategies. Engage state and local officials, peers, and other key influencers in an effort to educate these parties about our industry and our business while assessing and carrying-out strategic partnerships for the company. Provide updates to senior leaders on relevant and material legislative and regulatory developments, assist in developing company positions, and outline mitigation or management responses. Includes arranging for and accompanying senior leaders on stakeholder visits as well as adequately preparing executives for these meetings by creating and proactively sharing relevant briefing materials. Advance the company's relationships with local government, trade, civic and business organizations to advance efforts and sustain efforts in new communities by partnering with organizations, institutions, and similar groups to align the social mission of the company and enhance community outreach initiatives. Represent the company on various committees, trade associations, and industry groups, driving the agenda for business impact. Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues across the federal, state, local, and public outreach team to achieve meaningful, measurable business impacts. Skills: Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills Ability to establish excellent rapport with individuals on all levels, specifically senior leaders and officials Highly developed organizational, time management and planning skills Ability to manage multiple projects/assignments simultaneously Ability to work under high pressure in a dynamic environment Ability to contribute as a team member as well as to lead and direct cross functional teams without formal leadership authority Ability to work very independently and achieve the desired results in a challenging policy & regulatory environment Ability to perform at a high level, both strategically and tactically, in order to overcome obstacles Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree required; Masters preferred 5-7 years direct experience in government affairs, stakeholder relations or related field. Experience using or strong familiarity with or understanding of corporate communications tools and implementation with internal and external audiences. Must have a thorough first-hand understanding of the legislative process and rules. Extensive experience as staff in a State House, Governor's office, or federal congressional office within the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. Regular/Temporary Assignment: R Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time FLSA Status: E Shift: N-Not Applicable Percent of Travel: Up to 50% Relocation Offered: No Williams is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected under applicable discrimination law.