Senior Director Public Affairs

29 Aug, 2021


Senior Director Public Affairs

Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago, IL


The Senior Director Public Affairs develops and implements Union Pacific’s strategy and policy for state and local government legislative affairs, community relations, public partnerships and philanthropic programs in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin, including the Chicago Metropolitan Region. This position is the primary interface between Union Pacific and government entities, including elected and appointed officials. Union Pacific places a high emphasis on being a good community partner and the Senior Director Public Affairs must proactively monitor and explore partnerships to resolve state and local issues, including legislative and regulatory proposals, as well as community interests and safety. In addition, the position leads philanthropic efforts in local communities, as well as local media relations and communication, working in close alignment with Corporate Communications. The Senior Director Public Affairs is a direct report to Union Pacific’s Northern Region Assistant Vice President – Public Affairs. The position will be staffed in Chicago and require travel throughout IL and WI, with occasional overnight travel required. The Senior Director Public Affairs often attends evening meetings and weekend events. An essential requirement for consideration is five years of work experience in a corporate or government public/government affairs role in the Greater Chicago and/or Springfield area.


  • Develop and implement legislative and community affairs strategies through political engagement process with state and local officials, including executive branch government officials and staff in the Governor’s office, City of Chicago and Cook County.
  • Direct legislative advocacy and key messaging with state executive branch representatives, including the Governor’s office, Legislature and state agencies.
  • Maintain, foster and create strong relationships with elected, governmental and community leaders
  • Enhance and protect corporate reputation and brand through effective coalition building including community, governmental and philanthropic outreach.
  • Engage city and county officials in key communities along Union Pacific lines through frequent visits and contacts. Proactively monitor and resolve community issues and concerns regarding Union Pacific freight and commuter operations and associated community impacts.
  • Lead business interests through proactive and strategic outreach to local, state and federal elected and appointed officials, including development of state and local public/private partnership opportunities.
  • Build awareness and understanding of Union Pacific’s benefits and impacts at the community level through public presentations, direct participation in community organizations and identification of philanthropic opportunities to maximize Union Pacific’s reputation and build community goodwill.
  • Proactively engage region field offices for Federal elected and appointed officials.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Public Administration, Communication, Government Affairs, Political Science, Business, or closely aligned field
  • 7 or more years of work experience in Corporate Relations, or relevant experience in corporate or government public affairs, demonstrating effective political relationship networks in Illinois, Wisconsin and the Chicago Metropolitan Region

Work Conditions

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Benefit information can be found under the Benefits section on (

On a post-offer basis, Union Pacific and or its subsidiaries will conduct an investigation into newly hired or transferred employees regarding their past employment, state and federal criminal history, military history, driving history, education, professional license or certification verification if job-related, Social Security number, prior drug history, and other job-related information. Individuals must pass a background investigation for employment. Please click here to review Union Pacific’s policy regarding background investigations.

Employment with Union Pacific is contingent upon the successful completion of a health examination for newly hired or transferred employees which may include a drug screen, a color vision exam, and a fitness-for-duty assessment to ensure that candidates can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. In addition, the company conducts for-cause, post-accident, and random drug and alcohol testing of its employees.

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Job posted: 2021-08-29