Wilmington, DE

Job Description

The U.S. State Government Affairs Manager leads the State advocacy agenda for the Dow DuPont Specialty Products Division and its four businesses: Nutrition and Health, Protection Solutions,Electronic Materials and Industrial Biosciences. At present, these businesses represent a combined $12 billion in revenue each year and are dedicated to a diversity of products and markets including food and feed applications and ingredients, biobased materials and fuels, photovoltaics, display and printing technologies, industrial air emission technologies, safety equipment and apparel, construction applications and surfaces, and home and personal care applications.

Key Responsibilities

Based at company headquarters in Wilmington, DE, this position will report to Director, Global Government Affairs and Industry Relations and be responsible for developing and executing the U.S. State Government Affairs strategy for the Specialty Products Division. At a minimum, the position will be responsible for:

Serving as the principal liaison for the Specialty Products Division with US policymakers at all levels of government with a focus on state and local leaders

A thorough understanding of the business interests and goals of the Specialty Products Division in order to drive the organization’s strategic advocacy agenda that fosters growth and commercialization of the Specialty Products portfolio

Advocating the advocacy agenda directly and indirectly to the legislative and executive branches of state governments, trade associations and other stakeholders as applicable. Major policy issues include tax and trade, intellectual property, confidential business information, GMO labeling and food regulations, chemical regulation, biofuels policy, air quality standards, government funding for safety equipment, rail regulations and technology component standards.

Translating business objectives and highly technical issues into messaging appropriate for advancing strategies with policymakers and other relevant stakeholders

Developing a network of high quality relationships with senior leaders and staff in the businesses. These relationships should serve as a means of communicating with the businesses about Government Affairs work and activity, staying current on business activity and developments and partnering to advance the company’s policy agenda.

Developing and fostering strong working relationships with key policymakers and influencers to advocate for and support the Specialty Product Divisions business interests

Representing the company’s interests in trade associations and promoting others in the company to engage with industry organizations to support our advocacy objectives

Leading the development and execution of the company’s political engagement strategy, including the establishment of a Political Action Committee

Leveraging opportunities to raise the Specialty Products Division’s profile by participating in panels, giving presentations and offering facility meetings and tours

Staffing and briefing business and corporate leadership in meetings with elected and political officials

Job Qualifications

We are searching for a candidate who possesses the following qualities:

A bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Economics or related fields is required. An advanced degree in Business, Law, Public Policy or similar is desired

A minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience in external affairs, public policy or government relations is required. Experience with policy issues involving food, chemicals, air quality, agriculture, energy, biofuels and biochemicals, solar energy, intellectual property, tax or trade is desired

A clear understanding of the executive and legislative branches of government and an ability to develop and execute strategies to engage with government officials and their staff with the goal to achieve the most favorable public policy developments and/or outcomes to support growth for the Specialty Products Division

Leadership skills with the capability to motivate diverse and intercultural teams in a challenging political and regulatory environment

Experience in leading and serving as an advisor to cross-functional teams in a matrix organization that includes staff representing Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Product Stewardship and Regulatory, Marketing and Business Development

Ability to identify and leverage internal and external resources to articulate and advance business positions on select policy issues

Strong knowledge of, and formal training in, government ethics and high moral and ethical standard

Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships

Exceptional analytical, written and oral communication skills

Strong aptitude for translating complex issues so that they are easily understood by non-technical audiences

A strong desire and experience working in a team environment

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Job Posted: August 30, 2017