Regional Director, State Government Relations

  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Apr 23, 2018
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Equifax is seeking a Regional Director, State Government Relations to develop, execute, and manage state and local government relations objectives for Equifax within several Southern states to include: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The Regional Director will be responsible for direct lobbying, developing trusted relationships with legislators, governors, regulators, and state agencies to influence policy/legislation involving issues consistent with Equifax business interests and objectives. The Regional Director will also be accountable for identifying business risks and opportunities and developing strategies to ensure advancement of business priorities and public policy goals.

This role will have a continual focus on increasing the presence and reputation of Equifax across assigned states, while finding strategic alignment between business objectives, government programs and other trends. The Regional Director will be responsible for managing state government relations priorities in their region, providing sound legislative and regulatory advice, collaborating with other Regional Directors and business leaders, as well as other activities as directed by the Senior Director, Government Relations. This position will be based in Atlanta, GA.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Support the Equifax Government Vertical by expanding states' use of Equifax products and services, including verifications, credit data, and identity and fraud solutions, through legislative and regulatory engagement
  • Build and leverage working relationships with key lawmakers, regulators and state agencies within region, to create new sales opportunities while also protecting existing contracts
  • Identify and manage legislation and regulations within region that could create value or cause strategic harm to Equifax
  • Develop legislative strategies and positions supporting Equifax's government relations objectives, which include development of policy briefing documents, legislative testimony, amendments, comments and policy white papers as needed
  • Manage consultants and other external resources to advance the company's agenda in key states
  • Develop substantial knowledge of Equifax products and services and key laws that regulate business
  • Work with the relevant state managers at the Consumer Data Industry Association
  • Other duties as assigned including but not limited to monthly reporting, business unit updates, PAC campaign assistance

Competencies/Skills required to be successful in role: 

  • Thorough understanding of the legislative/political process
  • Established network of political and state agency contacts
  • Proven track record of government relations accomplishments
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience creating and effectively delivering factual, relevant and easily understandable talking points and other messaging
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of external audiences and with company management
  • Ability to work with a remote team while staying connected to a broader government relations team
  • MS Office including Word & PowerPoint
  • Legal research

Experience Required: 

  • 3 to 5+ years of relevant experience in state government, government relations, or direct lobbying
  • Knowledge of government benefits programs preferred, but not required

Education requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university

Other Information: 

  • Moderate travel (25%)

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