Manager of Government Relations

23 Aug, 2021


Manager of Government Relations

Chicago, IL

Company Description

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. As the global leader in the food service industry, our legacy of innovation and hard work continues to drive us.
From drive thru updates to delivery to mobile order and pay, we are innovating quickly and growing. Joining McDonald’s means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements – check them out here!

While most of us are working remote during COVID-19, we’re excited to get back to our state-of-the-art headquarters in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago! It’s set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. We are interested in people who enhance our company culture: Does this role interest you? We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement!

Job Description

McDonald’s seeks a state and local Manager for its Global Public Policy & Government Relations team. The position will lead external engagement with state and local elected officials and other partners in the Midwest with a special emphasis on our corporate headquarters home state of Illinois.

The Manager will develop and execute a proactive engagement plan to promote and protect brand reputation, targeted to elected officials, in a five state territory in the Midwest. S/he will work closely with the GR and Field PR team to plan, coordinate and execute the activities of the Global Public Policy & Government Relations team including lobbying, strategic outreach to elected officials, events, message development, issue management, doer engagement, policy communications and thought leadership. The Manager will talk to key internal (owner-operators, GR and other departments, corporate and regional management) and external partners (trade associations, community leaders, legislative consultants, and other industry professionals). Experience in the legislative landscape in Midwest states a positive.

The successful candidate will serve as an ambassador for the McDonald’s brand, possess significant political acuity and have state and local government relations expertise and strategic planning capabilities. Strong writing, presentation and relationship-development skills are essential as this position requires communication to a variety of audiences. This position will be based in Illinois with some flexibility as to the city location of the candidate. It reports to Susanne Barham, Senior Director of US Government Relations and will be a member of the Global Impact Team, led by Chief Global Impact Officer, Katie Fallon.


  • Develop and implement a plan for proactively establishing productive relationships with state and local elected officials in the Midwest.
  • Develop strategies to positively impact brand reputation and legislative issues facing the McDonald’s system.
  • Advocate and work with third party groups to address system priorities.
  • Establish and maintain a sophisticated political network.
  • Maintain and advocate for McDonald’s in trade associations; use trade associations to reach McDonald’s business and advocacy goals.
  • Develop and implement plans to optimally coordinate key outreach plans in the territory, including, but not limited to, lobby days, staff briefings and restaurant tours with elected officials, media events, supplier tours and informational testimony.
  • Analyze and assess proposed legislation’s impact.
  • Partner with regional staff to amplify local government relations efforts initiatives.
  • Help direct field activities when grassroots action is necessary to influence legislation.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining communication pathways with operator leadership, regional leadership, and senior management, advising them on all matters relating to state and local legislation and public policy issues of interest.
  • Work closely with federal staff and provide information, advice and perspective concerning state and local leadership, policies and activities.


Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.

  • BA/BS degree
  • Experience in state/local government relations, legislative staff, campaigns and/or corporate communications or a combination of other education and equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with industry preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are imperative
  • Must enjoy working in a fast-paced, multi-tasking, deadline-oriented dynamic environment with constant change
  • Detail-oriented, self-starter and good teammate
  • Creative problem solver tried experience in concept to execution of new insights
  • Solution oriented problem solver
  • Networking and relationship-building skills
  • Experience influencing others outside direct line of control, management
  • High level of strategic focus, planning, perspective
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Customer service oriented

Additional Information

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Job posted: 2021-08-23