Government Affairs Specialist - State & Local

  • Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Feb 08, 2017
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

This person will be responsible for supporting ULA lobbying efforts by engaging at the state and local level. Regular duties include direct interface with state and local government officials, local Chambers of Commerce, advocacy groups, and supplier companies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support execution of the Washington office’s lobbying plan to positively influence legislators at the state and local levels in support of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and other company priorities
- Build support for company priorities in states not traditionally engaged in space launch issues
- Work with supplier companies to help direct outreach from suppliers on ULA’s behalf to state and local officials
- Research and create messaging products promoting company products, plans and business initiatives
- Support ULA executive leadership engagements with high-ranking state officials, universities, and key advocacy groups

Knowledge and Skills:
- Understanding of supply chain mechanics
- Familiarity with state legislature schedules and procedures
- Knowledge of key players and relationships within the space industry
- Strong verbal and written and interpersonal communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Duties and Responsibilities:
- Plan and conduct meetings/presentations to state and local officials, organizations, and suppliers
- Identify opportunities for company priorities in state and local-level legislation
- Assemble briefings and read-ahead material for ULA and member company leadership on state and local legislative environment, schedule, opportunities, and competitor legislative activities
- Cultivate relationships with key state and local officials to help build support and recognition for ULA in a new environment
- Travel to various states to meet face-to-face with state and local officials, economic development groups, and industry organizations

Performs a variety of advocacy activities for the Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. Travels to various locations across the country for meetings with the staffs of state and local officials to promote ULA products and initiatives. Assists in interpreting state and local policy and legislative environments and proposed legislation; assists in the preparation of briefings to senior leadership on implications, and recommends courses of action furthering the company’s strategic interests. Participates in assembling coalitions and executes outreach campaigns. This person will NOT lobby Capitol Hill.


Functional Job Description

Safety to Self and Others: Must be able to perform all assigned tasks in a safe manner. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to repetitive motion injuries due to keyboarding or to cuts and bruises due to typical office accidents. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use computer and office equipment and to use hands to type, manipulate, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; talk; and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close –vision and ability to adjust focus. Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. Mental Functions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate verbally and in writing and use interpersonal skills. The employee is regularly required to prioritize, multitask, analyze, interpret, coordinate, compile, evaluate, synthesize, compute, problem solve, concentrate, and think critically. The employee is occasionally required to copy, instruct, and negotiate. Judgment and Decision-Making: Work is regularly assigned by self, supervisor, and departmental staff. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to exercise prudent judgment, decision making, and analytical skills to determine manner and operational steps necessary to properly handle inquiries and perform daily tasks within professional standards. Decision making is guided by ULA policies and procedures. All tasks described in the job description must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The duties and responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of fundamental job duties and responsibilities does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information.) ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster (English | Spanish ).


External Additional Requirements

Bachelors degree
3 to 5 years of state/local lobbying or legislative experience
Willingness to travel up to two weeks per month
Experience with MS Office tools


External Preferred Qualifications

Self motivated
Experience with WebEx
Experience with Concur


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