Director Government Affairs

20 Sep, 2021


Director Government Affairs

Bannockburn, IL

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Vice President Government Relations and Public Affairs, the Director Government Affairs drives policies and objectives with local, state, and federal government to protect and advance company business plans and interests. This role will also engage key stakeholders to implement campaigns that influence policies, monitor legislative and regulatory activities that impact the company and identify opportunities and mitigate risks.
Directly advocate with lawmakers, public officials, and staff to influence legislation, regulations and public policy initiatives impacting Stericycle’s overall mission to protect people and brands, promote health, and safeguard the environment. This position will also collaborate with corporate communications, marketing, investor relations, ESG and regulatory to implement business objectives

Key Job Activities:

•    Establish and maintain relationships with key legislators, regulators, government agencies and staff to engage them on issues of importance for the Company
•    Research, monitor and analyze impact of current and pending state and federal legislative and regulatory activities affecting the Company and identify advocacy strategies to drive favorable outcomes
•    Implement strategic planning for known and potential regulatory activities related to the business and industry by identifying and introducing legislative and public policy changes to support company operations
•    Identify and engage with key trade, civic and industry external stakeholders and advocates to build common interests and develop coordinated political communications efforts, including community relations and mobilization of grassroots constituent support.
•    Collaborate with management in development of strategic plans and formulation of public policy positions, analysis and strategic direction on the legislative and regulatory environment relating to public policy issues impacting the Company.
•    Draft proposed legislation and regulations and amendments. Prepare arguments, testimony and other materials regarding legislation and regulations. Develop targeted, audience appropriate and persuasive arguments in support of the Company’s position on important issues.
•    Builds and maintains close working relationships with management team and open dialogue with all business units to support consistent messaging in all areas.
•    Develop and implement a Political Action Committee (PAC) strategic plan and campaigns that engages employees and legislators, and meets regulatory requirements
•    Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


Required Education: in Bachelors or Equivalent

Experience (North America & LATAM):

•    Bachelor’s degree required. Preference for concentration in public policy, communications, journalism, or political science.  Master’s Degree preferred.
•    7+ years of experience in a combination of corporate communications, public affairs, government relations, political consulting, or related experience
•    Demonstrated experience working on political campaigns, in government, or corporate public affairs developing and leading issue management programs.
•    Experience working with a highly regulated industry, i.e., healthcare, waste, transportation, energy, or finance
•    Excellent written and verbal communications skills in development of legislation and materials influencing and implementing policy with a record of success in a government, corporate or consulting agency environment.
•    Deep understanding of stakeholder engagement and grassroots mobilization.
•    Leadership: Champion of Change and Innovation, Building Successful Teams, Effective Communicator, Promoter of Ethics, Decisive
•    Business: Project Management, Process Excellence, Business Acumen, Regulatory Understanding
•    Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, including experience interacting with senior leaders;
•    High integrity;
•    Strong decision-making, solid judgment, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills;
•    Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and organize work to meet deadlines; and
•    Self-starter with ability to work with limited supervision; detail oriented.


Stericycle currently offers its employees the option to participate in a full range of benefits, including a health care program which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, an employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and sick time, a 401(k) plan, and an employee stock purchase plan. Participation in some programs requires that employees be regularly scheduled to work a minimum number of hours and/or to have fulfilled a waiting period after they begin employment with Stericycle.


The above description is meant to provide a summary of the nature and level of work being performed; it should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements of the job.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.  Stericycle will consider requests for workplace accommodations for protected physical or mental limitations in accordance with its human resources policies and local laws.  To the extent permissible under local law, and consistent with business necessity, Stericycle reserves the right to modify the content formally or informally, either verbally or in writing, at any time with or without advance notice.

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Job posted: 2021-09-20