Sr. Counsel, Government Relations

25 Feb, 2021

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Sr. Counsel, Government Relations

Chick-Fil-A
Atlanta, GA

Overview

The Senior Counsel, Government Relations position is a full-time position responsible for executing Chick-fil-A’s government relations strategy and educating CFA leaders, staff and Operators on policy trends and developments.

 

The role will (1) independently execute Chick-fil-A’s government relations strategy with key elected and appointed government officials consistent with Chick-fil-A business priorities and impact; (2) identify legislative and regulatory proposals of interest to Chick-fil-A and partner with Chick-fil-A business and legal leaders to analyze and understand the business and legal impacts; (3) meet with government officials and their staff to provide feedback about legislative and regulatory proposals, raise awareness about important issues, develop policy initiatives and discuss issues facing the restaurant and franchise industries while assuring transparent two-way communications; (4) initiate relationship building opportunities and hospitality events with key government officials, trade associations, and other partners for Chick-fil-A; (5) update Chick-fil-A business on political and policy trends and developments (internal regular reports, briefings, town halls, lunch and learns); (6) prepare and coach Chick-fil-A staff and Operators on interactions with government officials as needed, (7) field requests from government officials, including requests for political contributions, government engagement and event participation; (8) provide advice, research and strategic direction for additional government relations and regulatory matters as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Independently execute Chick-fil-A’s government relations strategy with key state and local elected and appointed government officials consistent with Chick-fil-A business priorities and impact.
  • Identify legislative and regulatory proposals and trends of interest to Chick-fil-A and partner with Chick-fil-A business and legal leaders to analyze and understand the business and legal impacts.
  • Meet with government officials and their staff to provide feedback about legislative and regulatory proposals, raise awareness about important issues, develop policy initiatives and discuss issues facing the restaurant and franchise industries while assuring transparent two-way communications.
  • Initiate relationship building opportunities and hospitality events with key government officials, trade associations, and other partners for Chick-fil-A.
  • Update Chick-fil-A business on political and policy trends and developments (internal regular reports, briefings, town halls, lunch and learns); support Chick-fil-A Operators with political briefings, insights and relationship building meetings in their local markets.
  • Prepare and coach Chick-fil-A staff and Operators on interactions with government officials as needed, including new restaurant opening events and outreach, government outreach related to real estate site development, etc.
  • Field requests from government officials, including requests for political contributions, government engagement and event participation.
  • Provide advice, research and strategic direction on additional government relations and regulatory matters as needed.
  • Help manage local political consultants and outside counsel as well as memberships with think tanks, trade associations and other partners.
  • Travel to and attend meetings, hearings, or other events to represent the company.
  • Serve on cross-functional teams and attend business meetings to provide advice and strategic direction to business partners on a wide variety of political, regulatory legal and related subjects across the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of government relations experience in a large firm, in-house department or government agency.
  • Law degree from accredited law school.
  • 4-year college degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in government relations across multiple corporate entities or government agencies under a single or related governance structure.
  • Experience leading or executing an in-house government relations function to support business interests.
  • Experience as senior staff to federal or state government appointed or elected officials.
  • Familiar with federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory policymaking processes.
  • Familiar with government policy issues that impact key business activities (e.g. taxes)
  • Familiar with ethics and compliance responsibilities related to government advocacy.
  • Ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion.
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to build strong relationships with government officials, business leaders, franchisees, lawyers, and support staff.
  • Strong time management skills that enable thoughtful work on a variety of projects.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
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Job posted: 2021-02-25