Lobbyist and Community Engagement Manager

14 May, 2022


Lobbyist and Community Engagement Manager

Austin, TX

When you join Verizon

Verizon is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services, transforming the way we connect across the globe. We’re a diverse network of people driven by our shared ambition to shape a better future. Here, we have the ability to learn and grow at the speed of technology, and the space to create within every role. Together, we are moving the world forward – and you can too. Dream it. Build it. Do it here.


What you’ll be doing…

  • Responsible for developing and implementing Verizon’s county and municipal legislative strategy, community engagement tactics and content in support of company goals and positions across all business units enterprise-wide with a focus on issues including technology deployment
  • Responsible for representing Verizon and working with third parties to influence policy makers at the county and municipal government level across the Austin metro area.
  • Accountable for strengthening VZ’s political impact using extensive government experience and network.
  • Supports Verizon state legislative and regulatory team to influence decisions in key regulatory initiatives
  • Responsibilities relate to identifying and influencing proposed county and municipal legislative activities working with advocates.
  • Plans and executes strategies to ensure that any county and municipal legislation has a positive or neutral impact on the company.
  • Interacts with members of county and municipal legislative bodies.
  • Keeps management informed of pending legislation and works within government affairs and cross functionally to quickly respond to key external stakeholders questions
  • Serves as primary strategic liaison to company affiliations, special business, third party groups, grassroots local influencers and thought leaders.
  • Drives development of polished narratives to build local support of strategic initiatives
  • Plans and develops strategic messaging
  • Represents Verizon in a variety of forums including providing testimony during meetings/hearings that address legislation impacting Verizon.
  • Compiles competitive intelligence.
  • Responsibilities relate to identifying and influencing proposed county and municipal legislative activities.
  • State legislative policy responsibility, as required.

Where you’ll be working…

This hybrid role will have a defined work location that includes work from home and assigned office days as set by the manager.


What we’re looking for…

You’ll need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or four or more years of work experience
  • Six or more years of relevant work experience
  • Strong network of contacts at the local governmental level in the Austin metro area.
  • Government relations experience with an understanding of state and local government and their external and internal influencers.
  • High level of expertise in advocacy/issues management, community organizing, and coalition-building. Exceptional knowledge of regulatory and legislative processes at the county and municipal level
  • Experience in the development, management and advocacy of telecommunications policies and positions
  • High level of knowledge concerning economic regulation in the communications, cable, or utilities industries
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% within territory in personally owned vehicle
  • Ability to work both during normal business hours, as well as, evenings and weekends should the circumstances require availability

Even better if you have one or more of the following:

  • Law degree
  • Highest level of personal integrity
  • Demonstrated communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Public policy, community engagement, advocacy experience on behalf of a technology, communications, cable TV or public utilities business/industry.
  • Broad knowledge of Verizon operations and business functions or extensive positioning already established in territory.
  • Demonstrated skills in negotiating issues in support of corporate goals and objectives.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Self-starter and evidence of intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills required
  • Ability to work with all levels of management


Equal Employment Opportunity

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer – and celebrate our employees’ differences, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and Veteran status. At Verizon, we know that diversity makes us stronger. We are committed to a collaborative, inclusive environment that encourages authenticity and fosters a sense of belonging. We strive for everyone to feel valued, connected, and empowered to reach their potential and contribute their best. Check out our diversity and inclusion page to learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Verizon requires new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Verizon provides reasonable accommodations consistent with legal requirements (e.g., for medical, religious, or state law recognized reasons)

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Job posted: 2022-05-14