• Seattle, WA, United States
  • Mar 06, 2017
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.


We have an immediate need for aState & Local Government Affairs Director responsible for state government and local government affairs; engaging in local regulatory issues; developing and maintaining relationships with state government and local government officials; developing and maintaining business relations (with Company Business Marketing Group and local and state government customers); and supporting public affairs in the state or states to which he/she is assigned which includes advocating the interests of the company, its customers, and it’s stakeholders before state & local governmental officials. Employees in this position operate as individual contributors under the supervision of the Director, State & Local Government Affairs.


Job Responsibilities

State & Local Government Officials Engagement

  • Regularly meet with mayors, city council members, county commissioners, administrators and staff of key cities and counties to advance the Company’s legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Monitor city council, county council/commission agendas, and relevant regulatory advisories for issues that may impact the Company.
  • Protect the Company’s interests when local ordinances are considered (e.g. new local taxes, changes in tax policies, changes in franchise or right-of-way requirements, video issues, Section 253 issues, etc.)
  • Keep local government officials apprised of Company investments in the municipality (FTTN deployment and IPTV rollout).
  • Participate in Associations of Cities’ and Counties’ meetings and serve as principal contact with Association officials.
  • Coordinate Company efforts to oppose municipal competition (e.g., UTOPIA).
  • Develop opportunities for local elected officials and staff to interact with Company employees.
  • Advise on and coordinate local political contributions.


Public Policy & Government Relations Contact for Local Government Issues

  • Coordinate with Company departments such as real estate, engineering, regulatory operations, and legal on local government issues which may arise.
  • Look for opportunities to support and advance goals of local go to market approach.
  • Help resolve any network issues involving local governments within area of responsibility.
  • Resolve right of way issues with cities, road cut moratoriums, permitting issues, etc.
  • Assist with brand management with local officials as necessary when major service outages or cable cuts occur.


Video and Telecom Franchising

  • In coordination with the other Public Policy positions and Company departments, coordinate efforts to obtain local video franchises in targeted cities/counties.
  • Coordinate with other Public Policy positions and Company departments on renewals and extensions of franchises.
  • If a state-wide effort is advanced, work to try to gain support of local officials.
  • Once a franchise is obtained, provide support and information to cities as rollout commences.
  • Resolve concerns and complaints of local officials.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with all franchise obligations


State and Federal Lobbying

  • Back up and support Director state and local Government affairs on state and federal legislative efforts.
  • As needed and requested by Director State and Local Government Affairs, serve as an additional lobbyist during legislative sessions.
  • Engage in grass roots lobbying as requested.


Assist Business Markets Group

  • Assist in developing local governmental or quasi-governmental relationships with customers to help sales effort.
  • Provide assistance to account teams involved with local governmental entities and educational institutions or districts.
  • Assist in preparation of responses to RFPs related to local government entities and educational institutions or districts as required.
  • Where involved in chambers and other community organizations, look for sales opportunities with members of these organizations.


Complaint Resolution

  • Serve as key contact to resolve complaints of local government and other civic leaders.
  • Coordinate response to communications received from disgruntled local government/civic leader customers.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field or the equivalent in relevant training or experience.
  • Minimum of five to ten years of experience in a state / local government affairs or state regulatory / legislative affairs environment.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of integrity due to the nature of information involved and the visibility of the position.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills and analytical abilities.



  • Masters degree in a relevant field.
  • Ten to fifteen years of experience in a state government and/or local government affairs environment.
  • Five or more years of experience within the telecommunications industry.


Alternate Location:

US-Washington-Olympia; US-Washington-Seattle; US-Washington-Spokane


EEO Statement

No Discrimination. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug test and background check.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.


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