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Government Relations Associate

Government Relations Associate
Organization: James Hardie Building Products Inc.
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Date Posted: 05/07/2024

James Hardie Building Products Inc.

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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As the Sr. Government Relations Associate…

What You’ll Do:

You are part of the Legal & Compliance Department, responsible for assisting with the development of federal, state & local government relations strategies; communicate and advocate with contract lobbyists, trade associations and coalitions, elected officials and staff, regulatory agencies, interest groups and agencies to convey the Company’s positions on relevant issues; and analyze and assess the impact of legislative and regulatory proposals of potential relevance to the business and key stakeholders. This position reports directly to the Director of Government Relations and will represent the company with relevant stakeholders at all levels of U.S. government, focusing on state and local policymakers in the company’s key markets where we have a significant operational presence.

  • Supporting the Director of Government Relations in planning, coordinating and executing the Company’s government relations activities, including lobbying, strategic outreach to elected and government officials, events, message development, issue management, policy communications and thought leadership.
  • Providing policy analysis of multiple public policy issues at the local and state levels of government, including but not limited to, building codes, sustainability, workforce development, environmental, health and safety, transportation, and supply chain.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Government Relations to provide James Hardie’s internal business clients information, guidance and counsel on public policy initiatives that may have an impact on the company’s business operations and strategy.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of legislation, emerging issues, and industry trends, ensuring the Director of Government Relations and relevant stakeholders throughout the company are informed of the significance, relevance, and business impact of these developments in a timely manner.
  • Building content for advocacy campaigns and providing strategic input on engaging in campaigns and coalitions in collaboration with industry trade associations and other relevant external partners.
  • Representing the company at political events, charitable/philanthropic events, industry trade association meetings and conferences, and other external functions.
  • Tracking, monitoring and acting on pending and enacted legislation, regulations and governmental activities based on input from appropriate internal departments, business units, lobbyists and associations.
  • Developing and executing a plan to proactively establish and maintain relationships with federal, state and local elected officials on policies that could influence the growth and competitiveness of James Hardie.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Business Administration, Communications or similar fields preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in a state legislature, governor’s office, large city/county office, think tank, and/or previous experience in government relations, public affairs, or lobbying at Fortune 200 company or trade association.
  • Government affairs experience in a multi-state region, including knowledge of public policy and familiarity with state legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Experience with grasstops and grassroots.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and present legislation in both oral and written formats.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to function and multi-task under pressure.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Willing to travel up to 80% of the time for business purposes.

What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We’ve worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions – Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more

Salary + Bonus: The expected pay range for this position is between $78,000 and $109,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!

*Not accepting 3rd party agency submissions


James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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