Director, State Government Relations

03 Aug, 2022


Director, State Government Relations

Covanta Energy
Remote (NJ, CT, NY, MA)

Job description

Company Overview

At Covanta, the work we do is more than just a job. It’s a commitment to environmental problem-solving and sustainable progress. We do all that we can to safeguard the future of our people, our planet and our shared prosperity. We are a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Our modern Waste-to-Energy and material processing facilities provide municipalities and businesses sustainable alternatives to landfill disposal that help build a circular economy and use waste to generate clean, renewable electricity. Building a safer, smarter world is no simple task, but it is something we can achieve together. Join us in protecting tomorrow.



As a Director, Government Relations, you will guide Covanta’s legislative and regulatory initiatives, in particular states based on your experience and the company’s needs. You’ll identify, analyze and effectively articulate policy risks and opportunities to relevant stakeholders, including policy makers, local government clients and senior management. To promote and support sustainable waste management policies, you will build relationships with a wide variety of public and private sector stakeholders, craft thoughtful government affairs strategies in collaboration with other internal and external team members, and coordinate with external partners in order to effectively execute those strategies. You’ll also manage Covanta’s outside consultants to effectively communicate our message and build relationships.  This role will report to Covanta’s Vice President of State Government Relations.


  • Assist in developing and guiding the execution of policy strategies across various state jurisdictions to promote sustainable waste management policies
  • Oversee and lead Covanta’s participation in a wide variety of state legislative initiatives and regulatory proceedings
  • Manage outside consultants in each state
  • Develop presentations, messaging materials and other written collateral for presentation to public officials and other external industry stakeholders
  • Participate and build relationships through conferences for policy makers
  • Organize and conduct tours for legislators, legislative staff and regulators
  • Draft briefings, legislative testimony, and regulatory filings based on analysis and input from multiple internal stakeholders
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key advocacy organizations and industry groups at the local, state, and regional levels
  • Monitor legislation and regulatory proceedings and prepare written analysis and recommendations for senior management
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Covanta’s asset and facility managers, communications, environmental permitting specialists, on issue prioritization, strategy, and thought leadership
  • Preferably located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts and working remotely
  • Travel required to the states of responsibility and occasionally to Covanta’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ



  • BA/BS degree required; 
  • 7-12+ years of political, policy or regulatory experience; clean energy or waste sector experience preferred
  • Knowledge of policies related to waste, energy, greenhouse gases and environmental permitting 
  • Significant experience engaging with legislators and environmental agencies 
  • Proficient with legislative and regulatory processes 
  • Highly detail oriented with an aptitude for analyzing complex policy/regulatory issues, and accurately identifying and assessing political nuances
  • Adept at finding creative solutions to complex issues, providing concise and business-focused advice, and make sound risk-based judgments under tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated with a collaborative work style
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, thinking and moving quickly, with a proven ability to prioritize and juggle many different projects at once


Location of the position

  • Preferably located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts and working remotely
  • Travel required to the states of responsibility and occasionally to Covanta’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ


Instructions on how applicants should submit their materials–State-Government-Relations_JR3457?q=Director,%20State%20Government%20Relations

Job posted: 2022-08-03