Federal Government Affairs Director
Dow has an opportunity for a Federal Government Affairs Director located in Washington DC. This role would be responsible for government affairs activities for environment and regulatory affairs as well as product advocacy for Basic and Performance Chemicals, and other issues as assigned by the Vice President, Federal and State Government Affairs. Represent Dow’s interests before Congress, administrative agencies and the White House. Provide counsel on the development of appropriate policy positions to support the business objectives of Dow related to this portfolio, and provide strategic advice to clients on public policy positioning. S/he will develop specific action plans, gain management approval and implement strategy through the Vice President, Federal and State Government Affairs and other company executives as needed.
Specific Responsibilities will include:
- Serve as primary Washington, DC advocate for Dow on public policy matters that include environmental policy, federal chemical regulation, climate change, as well as other issues as assigned by the Vice President, Federal and State Government Affairs.
- Provide advice and service to the relevant EH&S expertise centers and execution of legislative and regulatory advocacy.
- Represent Dow in key leadership activities with trade associations relevant to priority issues in the assigned areas of responsibility.
- Establish and maintain a sophisticated political contact network in these arenas, specifically with the House and Senate energy, natural resource, labor and environment committees, relevant Executive Branch agencies, NGOs and others.
- Be a proactive strategic agent on behalf of Dow’s interests on assigned portfolio, and help set the agenda, form the agenda and shape future events related to these issues.
- Develop and maintain communication pathways with senior management and all internal clients.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished individual with expertise in U.S. and global environmental and regulatory affairs. S/he must be a highly effective strategic thinker and tactical implementer with a history of delivering results. The new Director must have a truly international perspective, understanding the potential complex implications government affairs and policy issues may have on the company’s industry across many different global jurisdictions, as well as the challenges associated with entering new markets. Because public policy has become so interconnected on a global basis, s/he must have a keen understanding of the intersection of U.S. and international business, economic and policy issues and trends.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of excellent performance in federal regulations and compliance. Additionally, s/he will be skilled in translating political activity and policy trends into commercial impact. The successful candidate will have an extensive network in Washington, DC, and, ideally, overseas. Further, s/he will have experience in delivering on political strategy and execution to support business priorities. It is essential that the successful candidate have excellent communication skills with the ability to efficiently and productively communicate orally and in writing.
- 10-12 years experience in Environmental and/or energy policy and advocacy with access to members and staff
- Undergraduate degree
- Advanced degree – e.g. J.D., M.PA. or M.B.A
Previous experience and additional qualifications should include:
- An ability to quickly grasp environmental issues facing Dow and the industries in which Dow operates.
- A thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes and a substantive knowledge of environmental issues.
- Experience developing and implementing a government affairs strategy, including short and long term goals and establishing methods of measuring the plan’s impact on and contribution to the organization.
- The ability to work and be an integral part of an action-oriented, decision-making work environment.
- A proven record of success working on environmental, and/or energy public policy issues.
- A proven record of working with and managing a team of professionals and support staff.
- A proven record of leadership in mobilizing industry allies in pursuit of common objectives.
- Established effective relationships with key relevant committee staff, EPA, DOE, White House; career and political staff preferred.
Performance and personal competencies required for the position:
- Strong communications skills, both written and oral.
- Strong strategic thinking skills.
- Strong internal and external networking capabilities.
- Keen attention to detail.
- Strong people skills and a reputation for being a team player. A keen sense of protocol. Ability to work comfortably and effectively with top-level government officials of either side of the political spectrum and with association leaders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
- Strong leadership qualities.
- A clear reputation for ethical conduct.
- Ability to work in an action oriented, decision-making environment and to be decisive.
- Ability to understand and articulate business needs.
- Reputation for being energetic, bright, hard-working, enthusiastic; willing to offer opinions and judgments.
- Acute political sensitivity.
- Proactive; able to develop new and creative ideas.
- An exemplary performance record.
- Belief in Dow’s mission, values and strategies and commitment to sustainable development.
- A collaborative work style (internally and across external partners) to ensure all voices are heard while formulating the best path forward for Dow and our stakeholders.
Domestic relocation assistance may be available for this role.
- A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
- On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
- Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
- The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
- Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines one of the broadest technology sets in the industry with asset integration, focused innovation and global scale to achieve profitable growth and become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for our customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,000 people. Dow delivered pro forma sales of approximately $50 billion in 2018. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at http://www.dow.com/en-us/contact-us or you may call us at 1-800-523-3945.
Job posted: 2019-09-24