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The Director, State Government Affairs, will report to the Vice President, Local Government Affairs & Franchising, but will also support the Vice President, Legislative Affairs & Ethics and may support other members of the corporate State Government Affairs leadership team as needed. Job responsibilities will include supporting and coordinating state and local franchising activities, and providing support for programs and policies of government affairs, including legislative affairs, public policy analysis and development, lobbying and political ethics compliance.

Coordinate with VP, Local Government Affairs & Franchising, to support franchise renewals and local government activities, consistent with company policies

Coordinate with VP, Legislative Affairs & Ethics, on public policy and legislative matters and political ethics

Provide legal support to regional government affairs teams that negotiate franchise agreements with local governments and assist in managing franchise compliance

Review, interpret, and communicate meanings of the terms and conditions of franchises, franchise-related agreements, and other contracts for implementation to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory standards

Coordinate with other business units within the company to inform public policy and legislative activities, to understand the impact of bills, and to help shape our positions, advocacy and response

Track state legislation, analyze bills and provide substantive regulatory advice and input

Prepare talking points, memoranda and other written communications informing the regional teams on legislative issues and on matters involving cable franchising, broadband and telecommunications law, regulation and policy, and political ethics developments

Ability to communicate and advocate for company positions and policies
Ability to quickly and thoroughly analyze a broad range of issues utilizing varied analytical techniques
Ability to engage in sophisticated/strategic thinking to determine how best to influence decision/policy makers
Knowledge about the professional standards for lobbyists
Demonstrated ability to set and meet objectives while reacting within a dynamic internal and external environment
Ability to synthesize complex problems/policy issues while identifying their related business implications and the actions necessary to advocate a recommended outcome
Uncompromising ethics, integrity, and sound judgment
Ability to take a hands on approach to problem solving, and have a professional executive presence for interacting with and influencing public policy decision makers, senior management and executives internal and external to the company
Ability to influence, negotiate with, and persuade others
Demonstrated flexibility and strong judgment, decision-making skills, and political acumen
Ability to work cooperatively in a fluid team environment
Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective relationships with others
Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion

Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and straightforward manner
Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks
Ability to make decisions and solve problems while working under pressure
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret contracts, cable franchises, legislation, statutes, regulations, agency notices, and public filings
Ability to work independently
Ability to use personal computer and software applications (i.e. word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, etc.)
Ability to write talking points, speeches and articles for publication and to effectively present information to top management, legislators and staff, public groups, and/or boards of directors
Knowledge of cable television products and services preferred
Regular, consistent and punctual attendance. Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) as necessary

Bachelor’s degree
Law degree and active license to practice law preferred

Related Work Experience
Strong negotiating skills
5+ years of Cable and/or telecommunications or legal experience preferred
Political/government relations experience preferred

Office environment
Travel as required

Associated topics: emergency management, government affairs, media, public, public affairs, public records, public works, regulatory affairs, social media

Tagged as: CA, Emergency Management, Government Affairs, MD, Media, Public, Public Affairs, Public Records, Public Works, Regulatory Affairs, Social Media

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