Government & Public Affairs Manager

25 Jul, 2021


Government & Public Affairs Manager

Schnitzer Steel
Portland, OR

Job Details


The Government and Public Affairs Manager (GPAM) is responsible for assisting in the development and execution of policies relating to government relations, public relations, and the communications program for Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. By working closely with the Regional Director, Recycling Operations and their team, the GPAM will identify public policy issues important to the region; develop strategies to address selected issues; and execute the program in support of the overall goals of the Oregon region. This officer is responsible for communicating with the public on behalf of Schnitzer to gain the community’s understanding and support of the Schnitzer mission. This role will require ongoing communication and coordination with various public and private-sector organizations. This hire will spend time with outside organizations, government agencies, commissions, neighborhood associations, public interest groups, and project consultants. He/she/they will be responsible for maintaining an appropriately positive public profile for the division and its projects. Highly effective communication, presentation and listening skills are essential for navigating company projects through the multitude of public policy processes.


  • In partnership with location managers and the Regional Director, develop target public policy issues and appropriate execution strategies for dealing with them.
  • Develop and implement ongoing, focused regional media and community relations programs that are strategically planned to support and enhance Schnitzer Steel’s identity and credibility.
  • Foster relationships with businesses and business associations with common interests and issues in the region.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with key local government and community groups to obtain favorable coverage of the company; assist location managers with the same. Organize special events, such as press conferences, when necessary.
  • Coordinate local and regional charitable contributions.
  • Represent the company at public meetings/hearings on land use and other public policy issues.
  • Within the framework established with the Corporate Director of Public Affairs, write and edit various types of content – press releases, newsletters, speeches, and talking points on target issues for management. Maintain a media contact database to manage press announcements and all related activities.
  • Respond to inquiries from individuals, journalists, and other organizations in coordination with the Corporate Director of Public Affairs. Respond effectively to public groups (friendly or hostile) regarding company proposals.
  • Act as a spokesperson when appropriate.
  • Coordinate and update company listings in various trade association and local business directories.
  • Work with lobbyists on target issues, regularly monitor developments, and communicate these to leadership.
  • Maintain relations with regional Schnitzer Steel location managers as well as manage regional consultant relationships.
  • Work with regional, divisional and corporate management to collect data and set budgets for current and future fiscal year spending on advertising, charitable contributions, and lobbyists.



  • Undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience, in any field related to the organization. An advanced degree is not required but would be an asset.
  • At least five years of experience in working with complex project management processes at this level of responsibility. Management of decision-making processes preferably involving public affairs, business, management, or similar field.
  • Thorough knowledge of governmental and public decision-making processes.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of infrastructure development, land use planning, zoning, housing, public-private partnerships for development, plus familiarity with tax and transportation issues relating to land development and re-development projects a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, including both oral and written, public presentations, negotiation, persuasion, dealing with potentially hostile audiences and answering questions from media.
  • Highly developed writing skills with ability to integrate concepts, complex issues and multiple options into clear, concise plans and proposals understandable by the public.
  • Ability to effectively interface with all levels of government, both elected officials and technical staff, including engineering, planning, traffic development, finance, and city council staff.
  • Ability to organize, set priorities, manage multiple projects and tasks within projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, develop information, draw valid conclusions, interpret an extensive array of technical material in books, manuals, texts, and read diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Self-starter who can balance and address competing concerns. Effectively deal with many variables in determining a specific course of action. Ability to handle uncertainty and operate efficiently in rapidly changing environments where full control of the situation is usually impossible.


PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

An offer of U.S. employment by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.

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Job posted: 2021-07-25