Manager, State Government Affairs

11 Feb, 2021


Manager, State Government Affairs

AES Corporation
Arlington, VA/Salt Lake City, UT

At AES, we raise the quality of life around the world by changing the way energy works. Everyone makes an impact every day in our small, global teams. Apply here to start an extraordinary career today. 

AES is a Fortune 500 global power company with operations in 14 countries.  The Company has approximately 9,000 employees and annual revenues of $10 billion.  AES is accelerating the energy transition to a lower carbon world with sustainable and affordable power.  The Company is a global leader in energy storage and is quickly becoming one of the leading developers of solar and wind projects in the Americas.  Additionally, AES has embarked on numerous digital initiatives over the past few years, including deployment of AI and machine learning, to enhance performance at existing businesses and to develop new products for our customers.

At AES, we raise the quality of life around the world by changing the way energy works. Everyone makes an impact every day in our small, global teams. Apply here to start an extraordinary career today.

The Senior Manager of Government Affairs (Eastern Region) will be responsible for directing policies and objectives related to local and state government affairs. They will assist in the establishment of AES Clean Energy (AESCE) strategies, that align with laws, regulations, and policies where AESCE works.  Additionally, the Manager will identify potential policy changes or modifications that may benefit the business and collaborate with internal teams to develop a coordinated strategy.  A key function will be maintaining and nurturing relationships with government officials, associated authorities, state agencies, committees, and other industry and partner organizations. This role will have a strong understanding of AESCE’s assets and products and be a capable communicator and team player.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the policy priorities and government relations for AESCE in key eastern states, with specific emphasis on New York and Virginia
  • Develop and advocate for positions, issues, policies that provide a positive impact on AES’ long-term financial success.
  • Liaise with other AESCE cross-functional teams to understand policy impacts to projects and clean energy products
  • Provide unique and timely information to officers, employees and customers, on key legislation that impacts the utility industry
  • Monitor legislative and developments in key agencies which provide market opportunities or risks and develop appropriate market development and stakeholder strategies
  • Develop state-level government relations strategies to promote policy priorities and offset potential roadblocks to development and impacts to operating projects
  • Hire and manage government relations consultants and lobbyists
  • Manage a policy budget for the region
  • Coordinate policy priorities, relationship management, and communications with the Community Relations team
  • Participate in coalition-building efforts and other partnerships designed to strengthen opportunities that advance our policy priorities and strategy
  • Track and provide guidance on regulatory and legislative proposals to determine the impact on existing and potential future company products, projects, and business Write official company comments and testimony relating to policy priorities
  • Create and foster strong relationships within the Company, industry and government to advance the Company and industry’s regulatory agenda.
  • Ensure coordination and collaboration with relevant trade associations and industry stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree/MBA preferred, Business Administration or Management, Finance or a Legal degree.
  • 9+ years of experience in policy work and government relations
  • Experience in the energy sector with a preference for renewable energy experience
  • Strong skills in understanding the legislative process, how the executive branch functions, and the role of state agencies
  • Exceptional analytical skills in understanding policy impacts on energy development and pricing
  • Natural decision-maker, able to exercise judgement and take responsibility for the consequences of actions and decisions.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills. Ability to build long-term and productive relationships. Ability to networking across the organization and externally.
  • Communication skills; ability to develop and deliver concise, powerful messages verbally, in writing, and in presentations
  • Unwavering ethics and strong moral compass in all transactions

Personal Attributes and Traits:

  • Passion to work in a company that is driving the transition to clean energy and the motivation and energy to support the achievement of our mission
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter that can excel in situations with ambiquity and evolving mandates
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple internal group members across different businesses and develop creative solutions
  • High level of intellectual curiosity and professionalism
  • Global mindset and comfort with working with people from multiple different backgrounds and cultures
  • Must be a team player, knowing that what we will build as a team will be better than what we would each build alone; “no task is beneath me” attitude reflecting the fast growing nature of the Clean Energy unit
  • Exemplify our Values of Safety First, Highest Standards, and All Together

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee’s I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Job posted: 2021-02-11