State Government Affairs Director

20 Jun, 2019


State Government Affairs Director

Duke Energy
Columbia, SC

More than a career – a chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

Build an exciting, rewarding career with us – help us make a difference for millions of people every day. Consider joining the Duke Energy team, where you’ll find a friendly work environment, opportunities for growth and development, recognition for your work, and competitive pay and benefits.

This position has the responsibility for effectively managing and influencing the relationships with governmental officials and bodies to support the interests of Duke Energy. This position serves as the company’s  registered lobbyist in the state and is responsible for lobbying activities and influencing the Legislative and state’s Executive Branch to advance the strategic objectives of the company and its business units.  The position manages state legislative strategy and relationships and coordinates with other companies, statewide businesses, industry organizations, coalitions, and special interest groups to foster and promote the interests of Duke Energy.  This position reports to the Vice President – Government Affairs.


Provide clear overall direction and guidance to staff and consultants; manage planning and budgeting processes; promote high morale and performance and effective teamwork with others in the department and company.

Ensure that a well conceived position is established on state issues important to the company’s strategic interests and that the position is effectively communicated to the appropriate members of the  Legislature, the Executive Branch and their staffs in order to achieve the desired policy outcomes.

Ensure effective relationships with members of the Legislature and of the Executive Branch and their staffs, with a special emphasis on Senate and House leadership and members chairing committees that can affect the company’s strategic interests.

Monitor the Legislature and the state Executive Branch; alert, advise, and consult with upper management and the business units about state issues or political developments that could benefit or harm the company; ensure accurate and timely analysis and tracking of relevant legislation

Direct strategy for initiating grassroots or third party actions on legislative or environmental issues; coordinate state legislative and environmental strategy with other companies, business and industry organizations, special interest groups; when necessary, create statewide third-party organizations and coalitions to advance the company’s interests.

Promote the employees’ Political Action Committees to help achieve successful PAC solicitation campaigns.

Job-specific knowledge or skills

An extensive understanding of the state legislative process and the state political arena; and the ability to communicate effectively on complex policy issues and with executive management and with members of the state legislature and their staffs; an ability to represent the company effectively in influential public forums; an ability to build relationships people effectively; and strong initiative and sound judgment to operate in fluid situations.

Working Conditions

·         Ability to attend early morning, night, and weekend governmental/community meetings;

·         Ability to travel throughout the state and spend occasional evenings away from home;

·         Ability to work extended days, particularly during the legislative session;

·         Requires availability 24/7.


Day travel of up to two to three hours each way.

Overnight travel: approximately three to five times a year.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Business Administration, Business Management, Political Science or equivalent AND 7 plus years of work related experience

Eligible to register as a legislative lobbyist in the state.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Masters’ in Business Administration, Legal degree or equivalent.

·         Experience as a registered lobbyist

·         Experience working with business groups and grassroots initiatives.

·         A working knowledge of the electric, natural gas, or telecommunications industry, Utility franchise, and municipalization concepts and strategies.

·         Effective negotiation skills, Strategic planning development, implementation and tracking.

·         Strong written and verbal communications skills.

·         Highly effective interpersonal and influencing skills.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)


Represented/Union Position


Visa Sponsored Position


Posting Expiration Date

Saturday, July 6, 2019

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

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Job posted: 2019-06-20