Director, Federal & Diplomatic Government Relations

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jul 03, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres.

Job Description

Job ID: R-08141

Position Overview:

Why Join Coca-Cola North America? 

It's an exciting time to work in The Coca-Cola Company's flagship market. We're accelerating our momentum as the fastest-growing large consumer goods company in North America by putting people at the heart of our business and everything we do - whether we're innovating to give consumers the drinks and packaging sizes they want, or building our eCommerce capabilities. People are our focus when we're collaborating with our diverse network of locally-connected bottling partners, and when we're returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. And people - with the different backgrounds, skills and perspectives they bring to our workplace - are helping transform our business, one big idea at a time. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better.

Function Specific Activities:

The Coca-Cola Government Relations team has an open position for a Director of Federal & Diplomatic Government Relations based in Washington, D.C.

Position Purpose:
The Director of Federal & Diplomatic Government Relations will be responsible for managing issues strategies with focus on the Health and Wellness portfolio as well as Embassy management for the global region of Asia Pacific.  This role will work with the Vice President of Government Relations, the Government Relations team, the Region/Field Directors, the Communications team, Bottlers and Trade Association partners to achieve overall Government Relations & Public Affairs objectives.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement programs and strategies to enhance the Company's Policy Reputation and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Plan to help achieve the company's federal Government Relations & Public Affairs objectives.
  • Lead and manage the federal health and wellness issues portfolio with key Congressional and Administration officials to deliver results.
  • Communicate company health and wellness positions on federal legislative and regulatory affairs/issues to government agencies, interest groups, and elected officials.
  • Work to develop strategic government affairs and excellent advocacy capabilities in the area of health and wellness across the Regions.
  • Help manage grassroots and grasstops programs and internal communications in the area of health and wellness.
  • Help steward the Coca-Cola Political Action Committee goals, membership campaign and engagement efforts.
  • Help lead the agenda at key trade associations ensuring appropriate goals are developed and results delivered.
  • Serve as the corporate liaison on key health and wellness issues.
  • Serve as a resource to the global business units in Asia Pacific and serve as point of contact at their embassies in DC.
  • Attend federal political and government events and serve as a liaison for managing health and wellness issues and coalitions.
  • Ensure proper attendance at legislative hearings, draft comments on federal rulemaking proposals, studies and analyses.
  • Track and provide legislative and regulatory information on key health and wellness issues.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable political compliance laws.
  • Carry out strategies and actions with the highest level of integrity and ethics; support lobbying and other reporting efforts with transparency and timeliness.

Desired Skills & Experience


  • Curiosity, inclusion, and the ability to own outcomes.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Political Science preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in prior federal government, political and/or public relations experience.
  • Proven people leadership capabilities.
  • Proven ability to review and develop a position on issues involving some level of legal or regulatory complexity.
  • Highly motivated and task-oriented individual.
  • Strong intrapersonal, organizational and time- management skills.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Internet and other research databases.
  • Well-developed writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • 15% - 25% travel required to areas critical to achieving federal government relations strategies.
  • Understanding of compliance laws regulating political activity.

Functional Skills:  

  • Manage Briefings, Spec Events and Press Conferences
  • Advise Senior Mgmt. & Other Functions   
  • Build personal relationships to Increase Receptivity 
  • Persuade government representatives/entities or key community leaders.
  • Prepare and provide ongoing guidance to consultants, lobbyists, PR agencies or other third party representatives who interface for us with key constituencies

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION: Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business(encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation). 
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS: Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to approximately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler).
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER: Deliver results, creating value for our Brands, our System, our customers, and key stakeholders. 
  • INSPIRE OTHERS: Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible. 
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential. 

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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