Director, Government Affairs (DC, MSP or DAL)

18 Jul, 2022


Director, Government Affairs (DC, MSP or DAL)

Thomson Reuters
Washington, D.C.

The Director of Government Affairs will serve as the lead on State Government public policy and advocacy issues and will assist the Thomson Reuters Vice President for Government Affairs in developing government affairs strategies in alignment with relevant company stakeholders. The individual will also monitor and guide regulatory developments and maintain relationships with key governmental and regulatory authorities and other stakeholders at the state and federal levels. The Director will also work closely with the businesses to identify opportunities in government markets. We are a non-partisan organization and work with representatives from all political parties at the state, local and federal levels.


About the Role

In this opportunity as Director, Government Affairs, you will:

  • Assist in the development and execution of government affairs strategy and setting specific legislative priorities at the state level for Thomson Reuters, on a range of issues including, privacy and data protection, fraud, copyright/intellectual property rights, supply chain management, etc.  The Director will also work closely with the businesses to identify opportunities in government markets.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships of key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead and participate in internal policy steering groups and help shape public policy agendas
  • Develop key relationships in government and with industry associations and think tanks to expand the company’s access and promote positions.
  • Design/coordinate and lead thought leadership events with business leaders, government and other stakeholders on public policy issues.
  • Ability to resolve day-to-day issues independently or with minimal direction.
  • Manage consultancies focused on key business drivers including public policy, business development, and reputational management.
  • Monitor and gather intelligence regarding government and regulatory activity that could impact different business verticals in the company.
  • Provide long and short-range strategic forecasting of political trends that could impact the company.
  • Develop opportunities for business units to participate in high-level fora and thought leadership programs to showcase our priorities and strengths.
  • Prepare the company’s senior management for meetings and contacts with legislators, regulators, and other policy makers.
  • Represent the company in external fora – hearings, meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Provide input into regular news updates and letters on key public policy developments.

Scope & Impact

  • This position is focused in the United States (at state and local level) and is responsible for collaborating across business lines and interfacing (as needed) with key government and regulatory authorities with the goal of positioning the company as a stakeholder in policy and legislative discussions.

About You

You’re a fit for the role of Director, Government Affairs if your background includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or JD preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience working in government affairs/relations or comparable area.
  • Experience managing internal/external stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong knowledge of state and local government policymaking and legislative processes.
  • A professional network within government and experience in working with trade associations and coalitions is desirable.
  • Experience working in a business environment, providing advice to management, and preparing presentations.
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral.
  • Strong organizational skills, in particular, the capacity to manage several different workstreams at one time, advance policies/programs and coordinate the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience in handling complex issues, balancing strategic thinking and tactical skills.
  • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders to help formulate policy consensus.
  • Expertise in drafting strategic advocacy plans.
  • An understanding of the professional information space.

What’s in it For You?

You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your personal and professional growth through:

  • COVID-19 Response: Currently, as part of our COVID-19 a majority of our employees are working remotely and following local COVID-19 bylaws and guidelines, with the majority of our offices planning to embrace a hybrid work environment consisting of in-office and remote work in 2022.
  • Culture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and more
  • Wellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; flexible and supportive benefits for work-life balance: company-wide Mental Health Days Off; Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeing
  • Learning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networking
  • Social Impact: Eight employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impact
  • Purpose Driven Work: We have a superpower that we’ve never talked about with as much pride as we should – we are one of the only companies on the planet that helps its customers pursue justice, truth and transparency.  Together, with the professionals and institutions we serve, we help uphold the rule of law, turn the wheels of commerce, catch bad actors, report the facts, and provide trusted, unbiased information to people all over the world.


Job posted: 2022-07-18