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VP- Government Affairs in Baldwin, GA at Windstream

Date Posted: 4/9/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job ID:19000960
Overall Scope of Responsibilities

Lead WIN’s state-level and local level policy advocacy.  According to company priorities, interact with state public regulation commissions, state legislatures, and City and County government either directly, or where applicable, through industry associations and lobbyists.  Consult and offer assistance to other portions of WIN’s organization (e.g., Legal, Federal Government Affairs, Marketing) when matters (a) may have political ramifications and/or (b) relationships with state and local government officials can be leveraged to the company’s benefit.

Job Description
  • In conjunction with the Government Affairs strategy team and subject matter experts, establish and prioritize WIN’s policy objectives for individual states and local government across your region.
  • Lead development of advocacy plans to achieve WIN’s state and local policy objectives.
  • Serve as WIN’s lead advocate before state legislatures, regulatory agencies and local government.  A role that requires coordinating, preparing materials for, and leading meetings with regulatory, legislative, and local government officials regarding WIN’s advocacy objectives; testifying before state regulatory, legislative entities, City Councils, and County Commissions; and speaking on behalf of WIN at state policy events/conferences.
  • Act as WIN’s liaison with state trade associations (e.g., review proposed filings, participate in meetings/calls where joint policy positions are discussed and adopted).
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key legislative, executive, and regulatory officials– e.g., conduct “meets and greets” to introduce officials to WIN’s brand, update officials on WIN’s business developments and our Government Affairs priorities for individual states.
  • Manage outside counsel, lobbyists, and other third party personnel (e.g., economists, public relations specialists) needed to support WIN’s government affairs efforts.  This responsibility includes directing, reviewing, and editing state and local government advocacy filings; providing guidance to lobbyists and public relations experts to develop messages and target audiences; and negotiating and reviewing payments.
  • Serve as WIN’s representative at state and regional meetings/events (e.g., PUC Open Meetings, state policy conferences) that may provide valuable insight into the political climate and individual officials’ priorities.
  • Attend political fundraisers and charitable events to further relationships with state and local government officials.
  • Work with WIN subject matter experts to collect and package information needed to support state and local government advocacy efforts.
  • Notify Legal (and subject matter experts, if they have been consulted on relevant state and local advocacy) of newly adopted state, city, and county orders/rules/legislation. This notice should include a summary of key provisions in the item, relevant background, and, if applicable/known, a description of next steps in the proceeding/implementation dates.
  • In coordination with Federal Government Affairs, enlist state officials’ support (e.g., letters, phone calls) for WIN’s federal advocacy objectives.
  • Work with Senior Legislative Counsel to develop annual state and local political donations plan and advise on specific contributions from the WIN Political Action Committee to state and local officials within your region.
  • In conjunction with Legal and Customer Support, serve as the “face” for Windstream when enforcement actions/complaints may have political implications and/or your relationships with government officials can be leveraged to produce a better result for Windstream.
  • Offer counsel on WIN business initiatives/compliance implementation (e.g., bill insert text) when WIN’s policy and practices may have political implications.
  • Develop relationships with and enlist advocacy support from key WIN operations personnel who are on the ground in your states.  This work includes providing updates to regional personnel on our advocacy efforts as well as coordinating their participation in meetings where it is important to have a “local” speak to conditions on the ground.
  • Assist Marketing in its efforts to ensure that WIN is in a good position to compete for state and local government contracts for services.  Such support entails recommending lobbyists who can offer general assistance and joining Marketing in select state or local meetings.
  • Recommend and support charitable activities that will help WIN develop goodwill with state and local officials who play an important role within your region.
  • Monitor telecom business developments at the state and local level.

Job Requirements

Desired Qualifications: 

College degree and 10+ years professional level experience with 3-5 years supervisory experience; or 14+ years professional level related experience with 3-5 years supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and professional level related experience desired.

EEO Statement: Employment at Windstream is subject to post offer, pre-employment drug testing. Equal Opportunity Employer including minority/female/disability/veteran; Without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or employment status. Windstream is a drug-free workplace.