VP Government Affairs

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • May 22, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

With a thorough understanding of relevant product-related and business priorities, plan and implement strategies to promote the organization's point of view to legislators and regulators at the federal, state and local level. Lead and manage the company's Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Product Compliance functions. Establish business unit partner support that anticipate and identify potential impacts of advocacy strategies on Polaris products and brands. Advocate for Polaris' interests both directly and with external lobbying resources, and serve as a Polaris' registered lobbyist as necessary. This position requires the ability to understand current political norms and customs, and effectively formulate advocacy plans and policy initiatives with input from multiple internal and external sources and stakeholders. 


Government Relations 

Serve as a primary corporate representative to federal and state executive and legislative branches of government in the U.S. and Canada. 

Advocate for laws, regulations and policies favorable to the company and its business units/functions on subjects including, but not limited to, vehicle classification and standards, vehicle/product safety, public land and roadway access, manufacturing, transportation, tax, trade, environment and government procurement. 

Advise and counsel the Board of Directors, executive management and business units/functions regarding threats and opportunities in connection with enacted and potential law, regulations and policies. 

Develop and cultivate relationships with legislators, executive branch officials, policymakers and government staff. 

Represent the company in connection with its membership in national business associations. 

Communicate externally, as needed, in connection with company's public policy positions. 

Manage Manager/Director, Government Relations including overseeing other federal, state/provincial and local advocacy initiatives in collaboration with business units and overseeing Polaris Political Action Committee activities. 

Regulatory Affairs 

Serve as a primary corporate representative to regulators in connection with development of safety-related standards and regulations. 

Advise and counsel the Board of Directors, executive management and business units/functions regarding threats and opportunities in connection with actual and potential safety-related standards and regulations. 

Manage Regulatory Affairs team, specifically Regulatory Affairs Attorney, including overseeing Legal Department's advice regarding interactions with regulators in connection with safety-related reporting, investigations and corrective actions. 

Product Compliance 

Represent the company, as needed, before regulators in connection with compliance-related issues. 

Advise and counsel executive management, business units/functions and subsidiaries regarding threats and opportunities in connection with actual and potential compliance-related issues. 

Manage Director, Product Compliance including overseeing the Product Compliance function, including, but not limited to, certification and adherence to mandatory and voluntary design and performance standards in connection with the Product Development Process (PDP) and in-field performance and non-PDP compliance activities (e.g., Conformity of Production audits). 


  • Bachelor's Degree in political science or related field. Juris Doctorate preferred.
  • 10-15 years' experience in government, advocacy, or related business activities.
  • Self-motivated and driven with the ability to work in ambiguous environments.
  • Demonstrated history of problem solving, project management & organizational skills.
  • Strong competency in written and verbal communications.
  • Previous experience managing relationships with government agencies/regulators, lobbyists and consultants.
  • Previous media relations experience preferred.
  • Powersports or outdoor power equipment industry experience preferred.
  • Willingness to regularly travel overnight and attend early morning and evening events.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris prides itself on recognizing and developing top talent to take its people and company to the next level. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER, RZR and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; our Sportsman and Polaris ACE all-terrain off-road vehicles; Victory and Indian Motorcycle midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK, INDY, Switchback and RUSH snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. 
Polaris invites you to join us for the ride of your life. To round it off, a compensation and benefits package that allows you to work hard and play harder. 
Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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