Government Relations Representative – East Bay

17 Dec, 2020


Government Relations Representative – East Bay

Pacific Gas & Electric
Oakland, CA

Department Overview

The Local Public Affairs organization leads the Company’s public affairs activities and strategies in our operational areas by partnering with cities and counties, community-based organizations, environmental and business organizations to enhance customer loyalty, environmental leadership, community engagement, and enable infrastructure development.


Position Summary

Develop and maintain a strong governmental, political and community network within the East Bay (primarily Alameda and Contra Costa Counties). The candidate will have substantial external contact responsibility and should be experienced in building agreement, especially with coalitions of diverse interests. The candidate must also have excellent written and verbal, and public presentation skills and the ability to produce results working with or leading a cross-functional team. The ideal candidate must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a very dynamic, ambiguous, and fast paced environment. The successful candidate will be a poised public speaker with previous public testimony experience.


The job requires regular travel within the greater Northern California area and to other locations as work load dictates. This includes San Francisco and other areas. Up to 25% overnight travel required.


Job Responsibilities


• Government Relations:

Develop and maintain strong governmental, political and community network. Serve as a primary political contact for assigned cities, counties, and local officers to State and Federal epresentatives. Monitor activities of special districts. Skills may also be utilized across service area depending on issues. Manage issues that arise before assigned political bodies, coordinating Company analysis and response. Keep abreast of local political and legislative issues. Provide political and governmental expertise to assigned area. Assist with governmental affairs

programs, including key contacts, PAC and grass roots efforts. Maintain high level of knowledge on local governmental political climate, and franchise issues. Effectively respond to customer issues referred by elected representatives. Act as liaison to top government staff and elected officials for wildfire related issues.


• Community Relations/Special Projects:

Serve as lead community contact in respective area(s). Develop community partnerships that build upon and enhance PG&E programs/services, assisting customers and providing support for company goals. Coordinate local charitable contributions program. Consult with internal clients on implementing community strategies to position the Company. Strengthen relationships with local elected and community organizations (regularly attend events, local community board representation and general representation for the company).


• Public Affairs Issues and Projects:

Manage/support company projects and issues with public affairs elements. Prepare and implement strategies, assess financial impacts to the company and develop written and verbal communications. Be an effective team member by working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and positions.


• Emergency / Public Safety Power Shut Off Response:

Coordinate external contacts in times of emergency. Provide support to Area Emergency Center whenever it opens. Provide helpful information to community leaders about crisis situations before, during and after the event. Develop and maintain relationship with county OES officers, as assigned. Provide support for PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut Off program and wildfire response activities.






  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working for an elected official, public or non-profit agency or as a political Consultant
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Computer Skills – Proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint




  • Skill in facilitating complex discussions and meetings
  • Skill in negotiating between stakeholders to reach an agreement
  • Competency in building strong relationships with customers and external stakeholders and delivering customer-centric solutions
  • Proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

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Job posted: 2020-12-17