Regional Director Public Affairs II

05 Jan, 2019


Regional Director Public Affairs II

BNSF Railway
Helena, MT

Anticipated Start Date: 02/01/2019
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Range: $89,600-$119,500
Salary Band: 32


This position will be based in Montana—the specific duty station will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate.   The position will have responsibility for general public affairs support in Montana and Wyoming.


The selected candidate will be responsible for managing public, local government, and media affairs for BNSF Railway in communities throughout Montana and Wyoming.  The position will also have responsibility for developing programs and materials for broader public affairs application.  We seek an accomplished individual contributor, who is also a capable team leader, with the potential for further career growth.


Regular responsibilities will include the following:


  • Develop strong relationships with community and opinion leaders.
  • Serve as BNSF’s primary spokesperson to local and state media, responding to media inquiries on BNSF operations and initiatives and proactively pitching stories.
  • Enhance the reputation and presence of BNSF in communities by becoming a leading participant in business and community organizations and through other outreach efforts.
  • Advocate BNSF’s interests and positions on important industry, marketplace and community issues to the media, and to city, county, and regional governments, and other communities we serve.
  • Develop and enunciate BNSF positions and plans on specific issues and other communications with a variety of external audiences.
  • Draft position papers and other messaging on key public policy issues.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of grass top advocacy programs.
  • Engage communities we serve to enhance BNSF’s identity and relationships, as well as its awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by those communities.




  • Bachelors degree or higher.  Major or minor in journalism, public relations, government, communications, English or a related subject, plus five or more years of relevant experience, with at least three years of significant corporate, agency or government communications experience.
  • Experience and ability in community outreach and organizing.
  • Knowledge of local and state government decision making process.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good strategic planning, judgment, problem solving and influencing skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of an ad hoc team as well as independently.
  • Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn of the freight railroad business and issues impacting BNSF.
  • Media savvy.
  • Knowledge of the editorial decision making process within a wide variety of news agencies.
  • Strong persuasive, organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to network and develop acceptance and respect of peers and superiors.
  • Self starter with strong leadership skills.




  • Strong contacts or experience with media and/or government in the position’s territory.
  • Experience working with railroad or transportation industry/issues.




BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

  •     Criminal history
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
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Job posted: 2019-01-05