Government Relations Representative – Santa Clara & Santa Cruz
The Local Public Affairs organization leads the Company’s public affairs, government relations activities and strategies in our operational areas by partnering with cities and counties, local government, community-based organizations, environmental and business organizations to enhance customer loyalty, environmental leadership, community engagement, and enable infrastructure development.
Develop and maintain a strong governmental, political and community network within the Santa Clara (De Anza) and Santa Cruz divisions. The candidate will have substantial external contact responsibility and should be experienced in building agreements and partnerships, 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 and political engagement experience.
The job requires regular travel within the greater Northern and Central California area and to other locations as workload dictates. This includes San Francisco and other areas, with some overnight travel required.
- Government Relations:
Develop and maintain strong governmental, political and community network. Serve as a primary political contact for assigned cities, counties, and other local governmental agencies. 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 Project Management:
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 Response/Public Safety Power Shutoff Response (SEMS Training):
Act as PG&E’s conduit to city leadership, county leadership, local elected officials and other community leaders about emergency situations before, during and after the event. Coordinate and communicate with external contacts in times of crisis. Provide support to Area Emergency Center whenever it opens. Develop and maintain relationship with county OES, as assigned. Provide support for wildfire rebuilding and response activities.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
- Minimum of 3-years of 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
- Advocacy and Public Speaking experience
- Coalition Development and Relationship Management experience
- Political and grassroots experience
- Experience and training in emergency management / emergency response
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Job posted: 2020-10-15