Director – State Government Affairs

30 Jan, 2023


Director – State Government Affairs

American Petroleum Institute
Washington, D.C.
Salary Range:$161,764.00 To 200,000.00 Annually

Job Summary

Supports the Region Director by managing the operation and activities of the API Colorado office. Represents API and member companies before state and local government, congressional representatives and staff, the media, the general business community, and the public to accomplish industry public policy goals.


  • Develops and advocates on fulfilling the objectives of API and its member companies, through effective management of API Colorado resources and employees. Sees that the financial affairs of the office are properly managed, the office operates within the budget, and required financial reports are accurate and submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Anticipates and identifies legislative and regulatory issues at the state and local levels and directs industry effort to secure adoption of industry priorities or to mitigate proposals harmful to the industry. Monitors issues, identifies emerging issues, and communicates results to API, appropriate member companies, and others.
  • Develops and carries out appropriate plan of action, including review and approval of members, for issues of significance to the petroleum industry.
  • Assesses the impact of government intervention on the petroleum industry and assists in developing positions consistent with existing policies established by API.
  • Serves as industry representative when called upon for testimony or for appointments to committees, commissions, and advocacy groups on issues affecting the petroleum industry.
  • Provides member companies, legislators, regulators, and constituency groups with accurate information on key issues in a timely manner.
  • Assists in the accomplishment of API federal objectives by working with members of the congressional delegation and agencies of the federal government.
  • Maintains and develops an effective public relations program (following industry priorities) to promote a better understanding of the industry by the media and general public.
  • Acts as a statewide spokesperson for the petroleum industry as it pertains to issues of importance to API and member company goals.
  • Develops and maintains close cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of allied industries, businesses, trade associations, and other constituency groups so as to enlist their help to accomplish the API’s state and national goals.
  • Develops member company involvement in the activities of API Colorado via special committees or special events.
  • Assures timely oral and written reports, updates, and alerts are provided to the region office, member companies, and allied organizations on matters of interest in the state.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Manages the work activities of the office manager and associate directors, delegating as appropriate and providing timely and constructive feedback on performance. Evaluates the performance of the office manager and associate directors. Identifies and initiates efforts for the professional growth of staff member.


  • Requires a minimum of 10 years of experience in a similar role and subject matter expertise.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, or other related field equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of management experience, and advanced subject matter expertise.
  • Requires knowledge of key programmatic, operational, and financial issues and priorities.
  • Degree or greater in business, management, political science, or in a technical/environmental discipline (Master’s or Law degree preferred).
  • Experience in government relations, state government, or with a major trade association. Professional experience or specialized training may be given over required experience.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of significant issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to remain in a stationary position working on a computer
  • Move about the office to access office machinery, meeting rooms, etc. on occasion
  • Operate a computer and other office machinery such as printers and copy machines
  • Transport items and equipment up to 10 lbs. on occasion

Travel Requirements

  •  Up to 25%

Percentage of travel time expected for the position, where the travel occurs, such as locally or in specific countries or states, and whether the travel is overnight.

This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

EEO Statement

API is an equal opportunity employer and diversity is a core value.  We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all.  All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. Our success in maintaining a reputation for professional excellence depends on selecting the best qualified candidates. Achieving this objective means that no employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, age, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy (including childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, and reproductive health decisions), genetic information, national origin, disability, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, credit information, the status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sexual offense, or any prohibited basis under federal, state or local law.

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Job posted: 2023-01-30