director government affairs – northeast

26 Jul, 2022


director government affairs – northeast

New York, NY

Job Title: Director Government Affairs – Northeast

Classification: Exempt

Date: July 2022

About Us:

As a Fortune 50 company with more than 350,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America’s leading retailers.

Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are, and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities, and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It’s how we care, grow, and win together.

A role in Government Affairs means ensuring government entities have positive relationships with Target. You will act as an advocate on behalf of Target and serve as an expert to both internal and external entities on a variety of key public policy issues that allow Target to conduct business in the most productive way.

This role serves as Target’s primary representative interacting with state and city elected officials in the Mid-Atlantic region to advocate for Target’s interests on public policy. In addition to direct advocacy and engagement with lawmakers, this role also represents Target on formal and informal boards, steering committees, working groups and coalitions that cover priority issue topics. Often partnering with senior Target leaders, this role requires skills to inform and influence elected officials, as well as expertise on a wide range of public policy issues. This work is performed in a dynamic, sometimes volatile and highly-visible political environment that involves significant reputation and brand considerations.

As Director, Government Affairs you will:

  • Maintain and deepen strategic relationships with high-ranking state and local elected officials, staff, and agencies in the Northeast region, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine
  • Advocate on behalf of the company at state capitols, city council meetings, planning commission hearings and other public venues on policies that could influence the growth and competitiveness of the company
  • Establish and maintain an intelligence-gathering strategy to proactively identify emerging trends to help the company navigate business decisions
  • Manage a network of business and trade association partners in the region
    • Attend industry events to manage and nourish relationships with trade associations
    • Maintain communication channels with trade associations to gather intelligence on legislative and political developments and provide feedback on proposed legislation
    • Oversee budget for related memberships and sponsorships
  • Oversee Target’s use of contract lobbyists in the region, where applicable
  • Partner with Senior Manager, Grassroots on grassroots activities, including calls to action, get-out-the vote, store and distribution center tours and other activations as needed
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with business leaders across Target to develop a working knowledge of their business, priorities, and strategies, and use that to provide timely updates on policy developments that have an impact on their business
  • Develop subject matter expertise on a wide range of policy issues, such as privacy, data security, taxes, alcohol expansion, supply chain, store operations, financial services, sustainability, DE&I and provide insightful analysis on those issues with internal business partners
  • Represent Government Affairs on internal, cross-functional teams as necessary
  • Collaborate with Real Estate, Communications, Corporate Responsibility and other externally-facing roles on issues of mutual interest throughout the region
  • Enhance Target’s presence and reputation with elected officials at industry conferences

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About You:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 6-10 years of experience in business, government relations, public affairs, external engagement or related field.
  • Proficiency in the legislative process and to analyze and react to political trends at all levels of government.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to facilitate meetings, resolve conflict, build consensus, establish rapport and collaborate effectively across departments and all levels of team members including senior leadership.
  • Sound judgment with the ability to assess risks to Target’s reputation, work autonomously and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to build lasting relationships with external partners and to work collaboratively across diverse groups in a way that positively supports Target’s brand.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a distinct ability to distill complex ideas into simple, understandable messaging.
  • Ability to apply discretion and sensitivity while working with confidential information.
  • Position must be located in Northeast

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.

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Job posted: 2022-07-26