Manager - State Government Relations

  • Harrisburg, PA, USA
  • Mar 18, 2020
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Corporate Summary

As one of the largest investor-owned companies in the U.S. utility sector, PPL Corporation delivers on its promises to customers, investors, employees and the communities we serve. Our utilities – Western Power Distribution, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, and PPL Electric Utilities – provide an outstanding service experience for our customers, consistently ranking among the best in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL has grown from a company with customers and facilities in one region of Pennsylvania to a diverse energy company with more than 10 million customers in the U.S. and the U.K. PPL provides energy for millions of customers while providing challenging and rewarding careers for thousands of employees around the U.S. and abroad.   

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Position Summary

The incumbent is to represent PPL Electric Utilities and PPL Corporation in a professional, credible manner before state legislators and other elected or appointed officials. In doing so, the incumbent is to establish and maintain good working relations with public officials and staff; help ensure that corporate management is well informed in a timely manner of pending state government policy changes; assist in developing appropriate responses to public policy initiatives by working effectively with internal clients and management; work to advance the company's public policy positions; and help expand employees' interest in the legislative and public policy arena. 

Primary Responsibilities

1. Monitor the external government and political environment in order to identify, evaluate, and report major occurrences and changes which could have a significant influence upon the corporation or its affiliates, including tracking and analyzing bills, attending relevant legislative hearings and meetings and participating in industry and business association meetings.

2. Provide timely, accurate information concerning developments at the state level of specific relevance to the corporation and its affiliates.

3. Manage efforts in defining, interpreting, and creating awareness of state officials’ attitudes and in utilizing this information in the formulation of management decisions and plans.

4. Manage efforts in communicating and implementing plans and programs for state government relations activities designed to establish and maintain a favorable public policy climate for the corporation and its affiliates.

5. Communicate complete, timely and accurate information about our business and advocate our positions to government officials and staff, abiding by all laws and established guidelines. Maintain an atmosphere of credibility and integrity in representing the corporation.

6. Provide assistance in a leadership role in implementing programs such as PPL’s political action committee (PAC), including the development and execution of an annual PAC budget and identification of opportunities to promote the PAC.

7. Prepare written summaries of state government activities and developments of interest to the corporation, and assist in preparing letters, testimony or memoranda regarding government-related matters.

8. Participate and/or lead internal, cross-departmental and cross-business line teams to provide input and guidance on key policy matters and the development of advocacy plans.

9. Develop relationships with key policymakers and staff in the legislative and executive branches.

10. Requires attendance at events before and after normal business hours.

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

Basic Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in government, public administration, policy, political science or related field.

2. 7 years experience in state government activities.

3. Knowledge of and familiarity with state government.

4. Understanding of lobbying and reporting requirements.

5. Understanding of electric and energy issues.

6. Demonstrated strong verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate to internal and external audiences at various levels.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Advanced degree preferred.

2. 10 years experience in state government activities.

3. Prior energy industry experience in a lobbying or advocacy role.

4. Previous supervisory experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Our company is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, genetic information, disability status, or any other protected characteristic.

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