Director of Government Affairs

27 Apr, 2019


Director of Government Affairs

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative
Renville, MN


The Director of Government Affairs (DGA) will direct and oversee short and long term goals aimed at influencing state policies to minimize financial impact and burden for the agricultural industry, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), its growers and its activities. The DGA will help SMBSC reach its mission by serving as an advocate and political advisor in areas such as environmental, transportation, taxation, and special licensure regulation development and interpretation.  This will be achieved by (1) analyzing and interpreting data, cases, and potential laws and their impact to the Company and its shareholders, (2) developing and executing action plans to increase SMBSC’s presence and activity in government affairs and (3) communicating results to shareholders and the executive team.


Essential Functions:

Government Affairs

  • Develops relationships and communicates persuasively with key legislators and their staff members, committee groups, and other special interest organizations to stay abreast of potential laws as well as communicates the Company’s goals and the important role they play in the local and state economies
  • Collaborates with SMBSC staff members to analyze data to support or refute pieces of legislation; compiles and documents evidence about incidents and trends; confers with legislators and officials to emphasize weaknesses or merits of bills to influence passage, defeat, amendment of measure, or legislation introduction more favorable to SMBSC’s interests
  • Creates correspondence, media clips and other materials to raise awareness and public sentiment about potential laws and regulations
  • Represents SMBSC as a consultant in developing and presenting testimony and public policy for the scientific, government, and local communities
  • Organizes and participates in public-interest lobbying in local and state education campaigns; works with third-party organizations and industry partners to build coalitions
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and procedures for government relations; monitors and evaluates the program effectiveness; modifies programs to increase effectiveness


Leadership and Management

  • Facilitates a work environment that supports a safe and healthy culture
  • Attends regularly scheduled sessions, special sessions, Governor events such as the Governor’s Water Conference, and other public activities
  • Reports progress and communicates results to the Executive Team and SMBSC Board of Directors
  • Contributes to the formulation of the annual operating and capital budget for government relations; recommends and maintains budgeting and allocation for department needs based on SMBSC’s established financial guidelines and business planning process


Core Competencies and Skill Requirements:

  • Broad understanding of government policy and implementation
    • Knowledge and understanding of Minnesota laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, agency rules and democratic political process
    • Ability to keep up-to-date with changes to regulations and standards and applying the new knowledge to benefit SMBSC
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to troubleshoot equipment issues
    • Ability to quantify implications from proposed legislation and the impact it could make to the Company, shareholders, and community
  • Strong conflict management and resolution skills
    • Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes and conflicts, and negotiate with external audiences
  • Excellent oral communication and written communication skills
    • Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with internal and external audiences and maintain these relationships over time to advance the overall public image of SMBSC
    • Ability to negotiate by bringing others together to reconcile differences and create constructive, mutually-beneficial resolution
    • Ability to generate creative ideas to develop new, unique ways to solve problems and the ability to persuade others to follow these ideas
    • Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences with diverse backgrounds
  • High level of integrity
    • Ability to be honest and ethical in reporting
    • Ability to maintain a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations
  • Commitment to safety and housekeeping
    • Ability to work in a responsible, safe manner by adhering to SMBSC’s safety protocol


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree political science, public relations, business administration, public policy or other related field
  • Five to ten years of experience working as a lobbyist in the agriculture or manufacturing industry
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change any time with or without notice.

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Job posted: 2019-04-27