Government Affairs Manager

04 Sep, 2022


Government Affairs Manager

General Atomics (GA)
San Diego, CA

Job Summary

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

With limited direction, this position is responsible for representing the company on legislative and regulatory affairs and advising the business units and other stakeholders on government policy initiatives that impact Company priorities and pursuits.  Typically reporting to a senior manager, is responsible for developing and implementing strategy approaches to address government policy issues and maintaining contact with government officials to influence policy.

Ensures the policy and regulatory environment supports the company’s priorities. Implements and provides guidance in determining strategic direction on potential opportunities based on the U.S. government policy and regulatory landscape, national security priorities, and other policy guidance – to include technology security and foreign disclosure policies and processes. Coordinates with designated trade and business associations, advocacy groups on political, legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.  Incumbent may accomplish these objectives through subordinate management and/or professionals.

Represents the organization(s) with the U.S. government, think tanks, trade associations, customers and potential customers, both domestic and/or foreign, and business and non- business communities on significant matters. Provides support in communicating the corporate image through researching, writing and editing, white papers, speeches, briefings, and other related documents.  Supports efforts to influence public opinion, corporate image, and policy decisions through strategic communications activities. May attend strategic development and senior management meetings to provide regulatory and policy guidance.


  • Provides advice, assistance, and support to Strategic Development leadership and Energy Group management on all matters related to U.S. Government and government agencies policies. To include managing, shaping, and influencing policy and regulatory affairs, supporting legislative affairs, and participating in activities to ensure business and financial objectives are attained.
  • Assists in representing the company to the executive branch to advance company priorities; educates USG regulatory and policy personnel about company capabilities, pursuits, and priorities.
  • Under direction of Strategic Development leadership, provides leadership and strategic intelligence to senior leadership and colleagues in P&Ls on potential opportunities and the interaction with executive branch policies, initiatives and procedures.
  • Under direction of Strategic Development leadership, develops policies; determines priorities and strategies to achieve them while remaining consistent with established goals and metrics.
  • Coordinates utilization of think tanks, industry groups, coalitions, and trade associations under the direction of Strategic Development leadership.
  • Works closely and in conjunction with the legislative liaison lead in Washington DC.
  • Provides written weekly updates on activities and progress.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in international affairs, political science, business administration or a related field and 9 or more years of progressively complex experience with international affairs, U.S. foreign or defense policy, with at least four years managing government and regulatory affairs activities. The functional management of government affairs qualification could be fulfilled from legislative assistant or legislative advisor positions held within government. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
  • Must demonstrate a detailed and extensive expertise and application of policy, legislative and regulatory principles and concepts, and practice as well as comprehensive project management and leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.
  • Must demonstrate extensive knowledge and of domestic and/or international regulations and policies.
  • Must possess the ability to resolve complex problems; and serve as spokesperson on projects.
  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government and regulatory officials.

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Job posted: 2022-09-04