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VP-State Govt Affairs in Austin, TX at Windstream

Date Posted: 11/26/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    900 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite 400
    Austin, TX
  • Experience:
    Up to 10 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    11/26/2018

Job Description

Job ID:18003407

Regional Assignments

The region consists of the following states, categorized by the level of coverage:

Work Location:  Texas (Austin)

Travel:  Arkansas, Oklahoma, and occasionally/rarely to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other areas of Texas


Overall Scope of Responsibilities:  


Lead WIN’s state-level policy advocacy.  According to company priorities, interact with state public regulation commissions and legislatures 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 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 across your region.
  • Lead development of advocacy plans to achieve WIN’s state policy objectives.
  • Serve as WIN’s lead advocate before state legislatures and regulatory agencies a role that requires coordinating, preparing materials for, and leading meetings with regulatory and legislative officials regarding WIN’s advocacy objectives; testifying before state regulatory and legislative entities; 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 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 officials.
  • Work with WIN subject matter experts to collect and package information needed to support state advocacy efforts.
  • Notify Legal (and subject matter experts, if they have been consulted on relevant state advocacy) of newly adopted state 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 political donations plan and advise on specific contributions from the WIN Political Action Committee to state 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 government contracts for enterprise services.  Such support entails recommending lobbyists who can offer general assistance and joining Marketing in select state meetings.
  • Recommend and support charitable activities that will help WIN develop goodwill with state officials who play an important role within your region.
  • Monitor telecom business developments at the state level.

Job Requirements

Minimum 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong executive presence necessary to deal effectively with high-profile stakeholders such as elected officials, executives and a variety of external constituencies; including ability to influence and navigate political landscape.
  • Eight to ten years’ experience in lobbying, public administration, political party activity, legislative staff work, or related experience. Experience with telecommunications industry issues preferred. Requires advanced knowledge of legislative rules and procedures, legislative processes, politics, and the complex corporate and policy issues affecting WIN.
  • Ability to master complex policy and legislative issues, think creatively, and develop innovative strategies and solutions; understanding of complex public policy environments.
  • Ability to act independently and demonstrate sound business judgment within the scope of broad guidelines. Demonstrated ability to create and implement comprehensive strategies that include lobbying, association engagement, third party advocacy, media, and other tools that result in successful engagement of external groups and individuals.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, the ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, resourcefulness and creativity, strong attention to detail, a proven track record of being able to work under deadlines and an ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.
  • Works well in a team environment and enjoys a collegial, yet highly demanding culture while effectively collaborating with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a related field such as business, public administration or policy. Advanced degree (J.D.) preferred.
  • Candidates must also have comprehensive knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Domestic travel required.



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.