Sierra Nevada Corporation
Arlington, VA

SummaryResponsible directly to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs, serves as the primary corporate liaison to the United States Senate, representing SNC and presenting issues of importance to the various company Business Areas. Provides senior corporate leadership with information, advice, and perspectives concerning policies, trends and activities within the Congress and, as necessary, key Executive Branch organizations. Applies knowledge, insight, communication skills and strategic planning to produce comprehensive and outcome-oriented lobbying action plans that influence positive outcomes for the company. Builds effective networks, coalitions, and contacts to effectively prosecute action plans. Responsible for maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base to build, craft, and focus key messaging and content for Legislative and Government Affairs engagement. Supports SNC legislative efforts by representing the company at political functions in support of key Senators. Provides professional legislative advice to Company executives, program managers, business developers, marketing /outreach, program and technical teams to fully support capture management plans, including ensuring strong communications between the Business Areas and the United States Senate. As required, coordinates with all Corporate functions, including the communications, legal, and executive support functions. Manages, interacts, and, as required, effectively directs outside lobby consultants supporting assigned Business Area legislative priorities. Informs and participates in business reviews, resource allocations, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement efforts. Serves as an SNC lobbyist with the full range of responsibilities and accountability associated with this role.Primary Responsibilities Include

  • Report to the Strategic VP for Legislative Affairs
  • Focusing on the U.S. Senate, develop Congressional strategies, legislative campaign plans, and tactical engagements with relevant legislative and government stakeholders in support of marketing/capture plans for CEO priority programs; implement necessary action plans to generate required Congressional support for these programs.
  • Create, review, communicate, and responsively follow-up on strategic plans, relevant law and policy items, key stakeholder engagement activities, time-phased event planning, focused Legislative campaign plan execution; provide timely summaries of legislation and appropriation actions; and participate in relevant industry or professional group activities.
  • Develop and maintain current and thorough knowledge of key company programs in order to provide educated legislative and government affairs support. Be able to responsively apply and communicate this knowledge in a highly professional and capable manner to government, industry, and internal audiences to effectively shape strategy, outcomes, and initiatives aligned with the company and business area priorities and objectives.
  • Maintain effective communication about key programs with industry leads, and professional/trade organizations in order to ensure coordination and responsiveness on all legislative matters.
  • Closely coordinate and strategically plan with relevant WDCO Government Affairs executives to ensure overall company alignment, synergy, and effectiveness in the legislative and government affairs domains.
  • Develop legislative strategies for the outyears while simultaneously informing and advocating for both current year execution and future years planning.
  • Execute all professional lobbyist activities and actions, to include effective utilization and application of PAC funding and political engagement

Additional Responsibilities Include

  • Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Compliance Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining good standing with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as a Registered Lobbyist
  • Responsible for thoughtful adherence to all SNC Policies, Procedures, and Compliance regulations (internal and external)
  • Responsible for timely execution of all personnel-related activities such as Time Sheet completion, Performance Evaluations, Salary Reviews, Succession Planning, etc.
  • Responsible for leadership oversight and for ensuring Department/Team training

Essential Functions

  • Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management, include full mobility, essential travel, irregular and sometimes extended hours, an ability to carry and disseminate key communications content/materials, and an ability to verbally interact with all stakeholders in a persuasive and understandable manner.

SNC job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a positionEducation, Experience And Skills Required

  • BS/BA degree highly desired
  • The position requires a minimum 10 years of experience in Senate relations, either as a government relations executive with a major defense company or trade association; a long-time Senate Staff Member involved with defense appropriations matters; or as a senior public servant in a Senate Congressional Relations role for a relevant Executive Branch department or agency.
  • Proven experience in multiple aspects of defense-related systems and programs, including intelligence collection systems and operations, aircraft systems and operations, and associated technology developments.
  • An ability to quickly grasp, understand, and synthesize the legislative issues facing the industries in which the company operates and to position the company effectively to address these issues, with a keen eye on opportunities for business development with customers.
  • An extensive knowledge of Senate appropriations and processes is essential
  • Demonstrated initiative and autonomous operation with minimum supervision; strong leadership, team building, communication and presentation skill sets, coupled with a high degree of creativity; sound judgment working in a chaotic legislative environment and a company environment that places a premium on collaboration and team work.
  • The ability to work and be an integral part of an action-oriented, decision-making working environment and an ability to manage and maintain focus in a fast-paced dynamic Washington DC environment.
  • Business management skills usually acquired through experience, short courses, seminars and post graduate study all contribute to the skills required for this position
  • Must be punctual, organized and able to communicate effectively

Note: Ability to obtain/maintain a security clearance may be required.Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.

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Job Posted: March 12, 2017