Your tasks and responsibilities
The Director of Government Relations leads the Covestro LLC Government Relations team and represents the company’s interests before the United States Congress and Administration and in various critical states.
• Oversees and manages a proactive Government Relations program for Covestro LLC while providing leadership and oversight for a small staff of Government Relations lobbyists and policy professionals in North America
• Continues to build on the Government Relations presence in Washington DC, as well as manages/provides oversight for budgets, compliance, HR, and other relevant business functions
• Serves as a close and trusted counsel to the President Covestro LLC and the overall public affairs leadership team, providing both strategic advice and support on matters of interest, as well as informing senior management of emerging political and policy issues and developments
• Supports President Covestro LLC in his/her role in officer rotation at the American Chemistry Council
• Develops, executes, and leads strategies to favorably position the company and its core public policy objectives with critical governmental and non-governmental audiences, both domestically and internationally.
• Assumes leadership of key initiatives and provide team support to others.
• Develops a high performing team of lobbyists and policy professionals, both internal and external, through substantial and sophisticated people management experience and skill
• Assists in constructing and leveraging a comprehensive map of US-based and international stakeholders, decision-makers and influencers and uses this to systematically build and maintain relations to provide a sound platform for engagement
• Maximizes the Company’s investments in its trade association memberships through active oversight and engagement, communication of the Company’s objectives and effective coordination of both Company and Association resources to effectively advocate for sound policies impacting the respective industries
• Manages internal corporate education and communications programs, as well as outreach initiatives, to bring key government policy-makers to tour the Company’s facilities and to meet with senior management
• Attends PAC events on behalf of the Company, as well as work with the political team members to develop and execute sophisticated political strategies
• Assists in the oversight and management of outside consultants, partners and vendors, as necessary • Provides senior strategic counsel to the corporate leadership and senior management of the Company, as appropriate
Who you are
• Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or a related field; JD, MPP, or MBA preferred
• Minimum of 10 years of experience in the federal legislative arena as a government relations executive with a chemical, energy, or materials science company or trade association or in a consulting firm focused on chemical, energy, and/or materials science clients and experience navigating a U.S. corporate environment, including senior management, human resources, budgets, and business and functional areas
• Strong track record of people management experience preferably in a corporate or trade association environment
• Senior experience working in the US Congress for a relevant member or committee, or in a very senior Executive Branch role (EPA, DOE, EOP ) preferred
• Superior understanding of the legislative process and deep relationships with key energy, environment & manufacturing Congressional and Administration leaders and staff
• An understanding of chemical, energy, and materials science issues and the ability to quickly grasp and address the legislative and policy issues of importance to the company strongly preferred
• Understanding of government energy and environmental policies their impact on down-stream industrial energy consumers, including impacts on operations and cost of production.
• Extensive bi-partisan leadership, political and organizational skills and the proven ability to successfully execute policy, political and business objectives at the federal and state levels.
• Ability to translate business goals into results through the development and execution of an effective lobbying strategy and political relationship program.
• Ability to effectively communicate the value proposition of Covestro’s product offerings for its customers to policy makers for the purpose of engendering understanding and support
• Ability to understand complex legislative procedures and to work with broad coalitions
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills, for both internal and external audiences
• Relationships across potential federal government customers, including DOD, DOS, GSA, USPS, DHS, and experience positioning products and services before the procurement entities within those agencies
• Strong legislative and policy analysis skills and the ability to communicate effectively in a timely manner
• Existing bi-partisan relationships or the ability to build a network at all levels of government and business
Job Posted: February 17, 2017