Lead Representative, Government Affairs

29 Apr, 2019


Lead Representative, Government Affairs

Washington, DC

As a Cheniere Lead Lobbyist in the Washington office, reporting to the VP for Federal Government Affairs, the candidate will help lead the company’s strategy for engaging with federal agencies and Congress. S/he will work closely with the company’s leadership to develop and execute a proactive government relations strategy to positively influence federal policies, regulations, and legislation. Critical priorities will include maintaining, deepening and expanding cooperative working relationships with the utility regulatory agencies (FERC and PHMSA), the executive branch, key trade groups, and select congressional committees. This person will be a representative for Cheniere’s interests before legislators and regulators at the federal level and will be responsible for ensuring that the company’s interests are considered and protected in any legislation and regulations impacting the company.

The Lead Lobbyist will support the VP for Federal Government Affairs and help ensure that Cheniere has an active and effective voice in the governmental processes that impacts the LNG industry. S/he will also monitor and investigate regulatory and legislative developments and evaluate their direct impact on Cheniere’s short and long-term operations.


A successful candidate should have the following qualities/characteristics:

  • Diplomatic: Externally represent Cheniere and its interests, and, both internally and externally, have a proven ability to develop and nurture relationships, influence stakeholders and/or decision-makers, and communicate up, across, and down the organizational structure
  • Leadership: Strong interpersonal and governance skills with the ability to motivate internal and external constituents at all levels. Must be effective at building alliances, both internally and externally, with strong team-building and problem-solving skills
  • Communicative: Ability to articulate Cheniere’s position on any given issue and advocate the company’s best interests to policy makers; able to explain research, results, legislation, etc., in laymen’s terms to non-experts at all levels
  • Generative: Has the vision to see possibilities, anticipate problems and stay in front of evolving circumstances. Thinks on his/her feet, with a proven capability to be proactive and solutions-oriented
  • Build strong and strategic relationships with regulatory agency leads and key policymakers to enhance Cheniere’s role assisting in shaping public policy initiatives
  • Help coordinate Cheniere’s activities in establishing and maintaining working relationships at multiple levels and functions within all applicable parts of the government
  • Research, analyze, and advise Cheniere leadership regarding key political, regulatory, and legislative issues and risks and circulate summaries to business development, operations, and compliance employees through both written correspondence and in-person meetings
  • Develop legislative and regulatory strategies and action plans relying on a mastery of legislative and regulatory policies, procedures, and protocols, as well as an understanding of the drivers that affect Cheniere’s diverse businesses and the current legislative/regulatory climate in the relevant areas of jurisdiction
  • Advocate for changes to legislation, regulations, and policies that affect the company business in the competitive LNG industry and articulate, verbally and in writing, strategies to amend, block, or expand laws in a way to benefit Cheniere
  • Work with personnel managing contracts and compliance responsibilities
  • Help direct external lawyers, Lobbyists, and consultants to achieve Cheniere’s government relations objectives


  • Education and Certifications:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Government Affairs, Business Administration or equivalent experience; master’s degree or law degree preferred.
  • Experience
    • At least ten years’ experience in government, corporate government affairs, or public policy in and around the energy sector
    • Deep knowledge and understanding of the external and internal dynamics impacting agencies and a proven ability to drive decision-making and influence policy
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders including executives, operations managers, Lobbyists, attorneys, elected and/or appointed officials and regulators, trade associations, and public policy organizations
    • Experience working on Capitol Hill (committee, staff etc.) OR Executive Branch (FERC or PHMSA required)
    • Organized with effective time management skills to manage and meet deadlines on multiple priorities, simultaneously
    • Ability to drill into policy and legal details while also able to communicate the high-level strategic impacts to non-experts
    • Collaborative, flexible, detail-oriented, and results-driven with strong ethics
    • Gravitas to work with C-suite executives and senior government officials
None at this time

Ability to multi-task and function in a highly-dynamic atmosphere; must exercise discretion independently within Cheniere’s values.

  • Job is performed in a typical office environment, but is subject to time pressures and constraints, and is often dependent on input from others. 
  • Some travel is expected to support corporate wide efforts at company facilities.
  • Occasionally, work may be performed from home, after normal work hours or on weekends.
  • May be required to work overtime.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations or as required by Cheniere.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be performed and not hinder the employee’s performance due to physical, mental or emotional disability.


Cheniere Energy is an equal opportunity workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories. This includes providing reasonable accommodation if requested for disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

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Job posted: 2019-04-29