State & Local Government Relations Manager

25 Oct, 2021


State & Local Government Relations Manager

SkyWater Technologies
Bloomington, MN

SkyWater is co-creating the next wave of computing by operating a unique business model that enables innovative technology developers to bring their revolutionary products to market. To do this, we apply our vision to improve the world by revolutionizing technology realization and our mission — which is to co-create technology solutions that bring our customers’ ideas to life through an ecosystem of agile development, trusted IP security and quality manufacturing services. This puts SkyWater at the center of a technology revolution as we enter into the age of 5G and artificial intelligence. Joining our team means contributing to commercialization of some of the most exciting technologies the world has ever seen including superconducting and 3D ICs, carbon nanotube and photonic logic devices, Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and other emerging device topologies. SkyWater’s Values of Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration, Empowerment and Growth Mindset guide us to cultivate a learning environment and invest in developing the knowledge of our highly skilled and dedicated employees. We provide them with a dynamic workplace, open communication and an opportunity to grow within the company. If you’re searching for a company where you can be a part of the next level of technology and truly make a difference, consider joining SkyWater today!

Position Summary: The Government Relations Manager is responsible for execution of day-to-day functions and processes of State & Local Government Relations, including meeting planning and preparation, execution of events, maintaining briefing materials. The incumbent will support the broader Government Relations team by providing writing and presentation support to the Director of U.S. Government Relations & the Chief Government Affairs Officer, including drafting letters, presentations and other communications materials intended for important internal and external audiences such as elected officials and other key stakeholders. They are expected to be a public Voice of SkyWater as you produce and facilitate briefings for important internal and external meetings and engagements. The ultimate measure for this position is their ability to manage multiple projects and generate appropriate communications materials that assist the USGR Team in enhancing SkyWater’s public policy profile, succeeding with legislative & administration goals, and driving business results.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with legislators, authorities, and heads of regulatory agencies to enhance the company’s image to governmental authorities:
      o Represent SkyWater to external audiences, including through presentations at conferences, community events, meetings with policymakers and similar forums.
      o Manage reporting and evaluation data for assigned state and local advocacy efforts.
      o Communicate progress and facilitate shared understanding of advocacy metrics, strategies, tactics and impact among external and internal stakeholders, including senior leadership.
      o Maintain strong and effective relationships with partner organizations, including managing difficult conversations.
• Provide input into and implement legislative and policy initiatives and strategies related to industry and community specific issues of interest to SkyWater at any level of government; drafts, negotiates, and advocates SkyWater positions through white papers, testimonies, public comment responses, proposed legislation, and other appropriate activities:
      o Ongoing monitoring and analysis of state legislative & local activity and stakeholder engagement.
      o Learn and understand linkages between State Government Relations and SkyWater business priorities and maintain regular communication with counterparts in various SkyWater business units.
      o Manage sophisticated tracking and reporting of state legislative and regulatory activity/strategies.
      o Expected to develop new and innovative ideas to improve U.S. Government Relations business processes.
• Additional responsibilities and aptitudes.
      o Become an expert in our technologies and platforms to effectively advocate for positive outcomes at all levels of government.
      o Drive cohesiveness and collaboration among all components of U.S. Government Relations.
      o Attend conferences to represent SkyWater, make connections, and learn more about stakeholder needs.
The job also requires performing other duties as assigned. Percentages of time spent on job duties are estimates and may vary for each position.
Required Qualifications:
Education: Bachelors’ Degree
Experience and Skills:
• 5 to 8 years of experience connected to state government and/or government relations.
• Experience in strategic planning and project management.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and take initiative without direct supervisory role.
• Demonstrated ability to work across functional areas and geographies to impact goals.
• Possess exceptional communication/interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
• Ability and willingness to lead presentations up to and including C-suite participants.
• Effective time management skills.
Technology/Equipment: Proficient computer skills such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word.
US Citizenship Required: This position will require the holding of or ability to obtain government security clearance which requires U.S Citizenship.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience and Skills:
• Knowledge of semiconductor industry or advanced manufacturing industry.
• Active security clearance.
• Familiarity with Smartsheet, BGov.

SkyWater Technology offers competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits package including benefit eligibility day one, paid time off, paid holidays, matching 401(k), an on-site fitness facility, an on-site, self-serve market and so much more!

SkyWater Technology is proud to operate as a drug-free workplace. All new hires must complete a pre-employment drug screening.
SkyWater is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants for all job openings are welcome and will be considered without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, medical conditions, family care or medical leave status, military service or status as a Protected Veteran, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws (“Protected Characteristics”). SkyWater complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning EEO/AA employment.

SkyWater complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at 952-851-5200 or

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Job posted: 2021-10-25