Director, State Government Relations

11 Sep, 2022


Director, State Government Relations

Remote (TX)

Job Description:

From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of outstanding character, and in 250 years, nothing has changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company! Our brands are industry icons including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Our success is thanks to the strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy and why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve. Our ambition is to build the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the very best people!

Description: Diageo North America seeks a State Government Relations lead to develop and implement our government relations policy and advocacy strategy for the southeast region. This role will involve a keen understanding of multi-state government relations and the requirements of a senior corporate employee. The successful candidate will have high-level, state government relationships and validated corporate competence. The role will require coordination with, and ability to, leverage Diageo’s corporate relations assets including corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. The selected applicant will build relationships with external partner groups to support advocacy with elected officials. The position reports to the Vice President of Government Relations.

Strategic planning and implementation – Develop, maintain and evolve advocacy strategy and policy positions in support of Diageo’s government relations efforts. Regularly collaborate with internal partners including the corporate relations team, business units, and key global functions to align on positions and advocacy plans. Drive engagement, develop and communicate policy priorities and positions to key constituencies. Implement, own and adapt the plan as needed including clear goals and other metrics. Strong project management skills are key.

Policy /Legislative/Regulatory analysis – Stay abreast of current trends and information to anticipate opportunities and risks that emerge. Evaluate pending legislation, policy and regulations on issues such as tax, market access, alcohol delivery, equivalence, responsible drinking and dietary guidelines. Determine impact to Diageo and help develop the company’s response. Build documents to brief company executives on legislative matters, provide guidance/recommendations and to communicate positions externally. Strong writing skills and PowerPoint proficiency are must haves.

Relationship Building/Management – Cultivate and build positive relationships with strategically important government officials, opinion leaders, third-party agencies and other external partners. Influence public policy, evaluate government initiatives and advocate for specific public policies to advance our objectives. Engage policy advocacy associations and trade associations to ensure and promote lobbying and policy positions.

Management – Lead outside consultants and other resources that support the legislative and regulatory agenda to drive strategy, and help with messaging, external outreach and the development of relevant communications tools.


  • Degree in Political Science, Public Policy/Administration, Law, Business Administration, Communications or other related field.
  • 10+ years of dynamic experience with federal legislation, grassroots advocacy, lobbying, or campaign organizing experience.
  • People and issue management experience with demonstrated skills in risk assessment, setting priorities and negotiating among opposing priorities.
  • Proven leadership/management, strategic planning, and influence.
  • Successful multi-tasker experienced working with tight targets and contending demands.
  • Ability to translate business strategy into product/program strategy.
  • Validated business liaison capabilities including effective oral, written, and social skills. Outstanding listening skills. Ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization from senior executives to staff level. Strong presentation skills vital to communicate and influence a wide range of audiences.

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for Diageo to succeed and realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

Job posted: 2022-09-11