ITC Holdings Mgr, State Government Affairs in Lansing, Michigan
Mgr, State Government Affairs
Location: MI - Lansing
Department: Business Strategy
Represents the company and implements the day-to-day lobbying and associated activities before each assigned State Legislature (primarily in Michigan), Executive Office and various state agencies. Develops and maintains strong relationships with legislators, staff members, the Executive Branch and state department personnel in support of the company’s strategic objectives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists in the development and advocacy of company policy positions for members of the Legislature with a focus on the energy, natural resources and business committees; develops relationships with majority and minority leadership in the House and Senate; identifies key stakeholders on legislation affecting the company, including proponents and opponents; coordinates educational meetings, workshops and seminars for members and staff of relevant House and Senate committees and leadership; gathers intelligence to inform internal policy formation and strategic decision-making to promote the company's legislative objectives.
Serves as a company advocate before state agencies on key policy issues; develops strong working relationships with Executive Offices and staff and educates on issues affecting the company; identifies opportunities to participate in Executive work groups, councils and committees.
Ensures regular communication with legislators and staff on company business and related activities; coordinates meetings that support the company advocacy.
Monitors, tracks, reviews and circulates bills introduced in the state legislature to company stakeholders to identify impact on the company's ability to pursue its strategic objectives; communicates with internal leadership to solicit guidance and feedback on state legislative issues and activities.
Hosts internal cross-functional team meetings and calls to support, coordinate and communicate state legislative activity.
Assists with state PAC activities including developing a budget for candidate and member contributions from the company's PAC or corporate sources as permitted.
Track expenditures and ensure the state contribution and reporting are met; works with legal counsel to ensure corporate compliance.
Assists with the annual company PAC solicitation and with PAC-supported events.
Interacts with internal and external sources to draft legislation and amendments; identifies company supporters and possible coalition/alliance members to support legislative solutions; prepares for and participates in legislative committee meetings and work groups.
Coordinates and works closely with the company's Director of State Government Affairs and federal affairs lobbyists and staff to support mutual state and federal strategies.
Coordinates and works closely with the company's local government and community affairs group.
Directs activities for contract lobbyists including lobbying assignments, approval of communication messages and materials, collection of political intelligence and feedback.
Attends and participates in public policy forums on energy issues including those sponsored by state chamber of commerce, manufacturer's associations, and other state or national organizations.
Bachelor's degree and or equivalent work experience.
Minimum of seven (7) years of legislative experience (e.g. lobbyist, legislative assistant, or legislative director).
Direct lobbying experience preferred.
Utility and/or energy background preferred.
Strong working knowledge of the state legislative processes.
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to develop written testimony, power point presentations and one page documents succinctly explaining a position or process to those with minimal background or knowledge on the subject.
Strong organizational skills to manage multiple tasks and internal and external stakeholders simultaneously.
Exceptional networking and relationship-building skills.
Strong team building skills and ability to work as a team player.
Ability to learn, understand and explain complex issues.
Ability to function independently in a satellite office while working cooperatively in cross-functional teams within the company.
Ability to work outside of normal business hours and participate in events on behalf of the company.
Ability to interact professionally and in a bi-partisan manner with external stakeholders while being respectful of different opinions.
Must register as a state lobbyist where required; maintain records related to state lobbying and complete and file required state reports for the lobbyist and the company; must abide by all applicable ethics and disclosure rules/laws.
Ability to travel within the state and to regional, or national events, with overnight stays as required.
ITC Holdings is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment
to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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