Director – Government Affairs

19 Dec, 2021


Director – Government Affairs

Waste Management
Wixom, MI/Ann Arbor, MI/Lansing, MI/Northville, MI

The next step in growing your career – WM

What Are You Looking for in Your Next Career Move? WM is a company where you can:

Be a Business Partner and a member of the Leadership Team

Play a recognized critical role in the success of the company

Work for a Fortune 250 company, leader in the field with demonstrated financial stability

Opportunities to grow your career

Be rewarded both personally and financially for your hard work and success

Experience unlimited vacation time

Be part of a dynamic team who drives for success and has fun doing it

Part of an award-winning ethical company

Work for a People First company – not just a slogan (just ask for examples – we love to brag)

About WM

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism, and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

What Will You Do?

This role develops and leads a comprehensive and effective state and local best practice government affairs program to advance and support the Company’s overall business plan and state-specific objectives for our Great Lakes Area, which includes Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Best place to live is in Michigan and not too far from Lansing or the Wixom/Plymouth area.

Want More Details on What You Will Do

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.

Lead and direct all legislative advocacy activities in multiple states in close coordination with the area employees who are assigned to public affairs functions, including:
Development of proactive legislative agendas
Development of political contribution plans
Participation in the selection, management, and evaluation of contract lobbyists
Review and analyze legislation, as needed, to assist area operations and keep internal stakeholders informed
Draft amendments, testify and lobby as needed
Participate/lead grassroots advocacy groups and other organized coalitions
Develop, maintain, and foster effective, trusted working relationships with elected officials, appointed, and regulators that enable the effective advocacy of WM’s agenda.
Provide information related to current legislative, regulatory, and other government activities to senior staff as appropriate and communicate effectively with appropriate line-of-business managers.
Perform legislative advocacy activities including direct lobbying for the weaknesses or merits of specific bills to influence passage, defeat, or amendment of measure, or introduction of legislation more favorable to WM.
Approves all responses to all media-related inquiries.
Plans and implements Great Lakes Area public relations strategies, policies, and procedures.
Assists and coaches company staff with public speaking engagements, presentations, and preparation of articles for publication.
Represent WM at fundraising events.
Provide support for key expansion projects and acquisitions.
Maintains database of public relations contacts.
Identify emerging policy issues, and evaluate the impact on WM. Lead teams formed to develop the WM response to these policy proposals, and communicate with sales, public sector services, operations, etc.
Assist in creating and pursuing grant programs that help advance WM’s sustainability agenda.
Participate on Boards of Non-Governmental Organizations that help advance relationships with key stakeholders.
Call upon state agency officials and staff, state legislators, congressional delegation, and industry trade associations, periodically to discuss current issues involving the company and the industry.
Ensure the company complies with all campaign finance and lobbying/ethics laws.

You Will Have A Team to Lead

Direct supervision of four full-time professional employees – Communications Manager, Communication Relations Specialist, Senior Manager – Public Affairs, and Community Relations Specialists.

Qualifications You Will Need to be Successful

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s Degree, in Political Science, Public Affairs/Relations, Business Administration or similar area of study, and ten or more years previous government affairs.
Preferred: Master’s, or equivalent experience, in Political Science, Public Affairs/Relations, Business Administration or similar area of study, and ten or more years previous government affairs. Environmental experience preferred.
B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

None required.
C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

Strong Presence and Leadership including employee management and development.
Program and project management, budget development, and monitoring.
Strategic thinking, organizational change management and development.
Excellent communication and presentation skills. Proven ability to interact with all levels of the organization.

Strong knowledge of legislation process
Ability to influence and develop strong relationships
Corporate lobbying experience
PAC Engagement/Management
Environmental background
Your Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) most of the workday.
Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely;
Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely;
Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely;
Normal setting for this job is: office setting (with travel required)

At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K,100% Paid Tuition for you and your family, and more! Our Salaried employees also receive Unlimited Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click “Apply.”

Job posted: 2021-12-19