Government Affairs Specialist

07 Jan, 2021


Government Affairs Specialist

Midland, MI

Dow has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Government Affairs Specialist located in Midland, Michigan! The Government Affairs Specialist supports the business-critical efforts of the Government Affairs Public Policy / Issues Management teams. This role assists with the development of public policy positions by supporting policy and issue analysis and contributing to the development of executive briefings. The Specialist also provides expertise to further develop, document and implement the Threat Assessment Program and Insider Threat capability.

Job Responsibilities:

Domestic Public Policy:

  • Follow developments in U.S. immigration policy, reviewing legislative and regulatory proposals, engaging with trade associations as requested by DC team, preparing briefings that include Dow’s positions and key messaging.
  • Serve as the policy focal point for HR-related proposals such as drug testing in states where drug use is legal, product liability, and occupational and safety rules.
  • Responsible for monitoring, evaluating and providing briefings on bills or EO’s related to the “Buy American” policy agenda as well as efforts to promote domestic investment and supply chain diversification.
  • Evaluate the agendas and priorities for key committees of jurisdiction on trade, given new leadership and membership: Senate Finance and Foreign Relations, House Ways & Means and Foreign Affairs. Also monitor the China, India, EU and Brazil Caucuses.
  • Assist the DC team in review and analysis of legislation on Generalized System of Preferences, Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, Trade Promotion Authority and any multi-party trade agreements proposed by the new administration.

International Public Policy:

  • Create and maintain a tracker with key elements of trade agreements, including trade associations positions on them. Support DC team in analysis and drafting position papers and briefings where necessary, working with Dow experts to provide meaningful data on the impact of trade agreement provisions on the Company.
  • Collaborate to evaluate and shape the company’s response (and trade associations’) to the export of U.S. human rights standards to other nations via trade agreements and other trade tools (export controls, trade compliance etc.). Key areas include customs restrictions on forced labor and minimum wage provisions, among others.
  • Monitor relevant China-related legislation, regulation or EO’s for impact on Dow (employees or assets), suppliers, partners or customers. Work with China GA team and DC office to coordinate the development of Dow’s position and key messaging.

Threat Assessment

  • Assist with the development of policies and work processes for the Threat Management Program.
  • Assist in the development of policies and work processes for a holistic Insider Threat Program.
  • Support open-source analysis regarding threats of workplace violence and their on-going investigation.
  • Assist in the production of open-source analytic products supporting requests for information from across the Company.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Prior experience in international or foreign policy.
  • Prior experience in private or public sector threat assessment.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree is international affairs is preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Experience writing and delivering sharp executive briefings is an asset.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and prioritize workload effectively.
  • Analytical skills and statistical reasoning are necessary.
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus.

Note: This position does not offer relocation assistance.

Dow Offers:

  • 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

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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Job posted: 2021-01-07