Government Affairs Representative II - SMUD

October 09, 2017


Sacramento , California

Coordinates SMUD’s federal, state, local or regulatory government affairs program to further SMUD’s interests and policies and to facilitate the alignment of government actions with the achievement of SMUD’s strategic objectives.

This recruitment will be used to fill two full time positions, one in the area of State and Federal Affairs and one in the area of Regional & Local Government Affairs.

NOTE:  Please see cover letter requirement in Additional Posting Info for Candidates below.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
  • Monitors and analyzes potential legislation, ordinances or regulations by either attending hearings, discussing issues with key players, or researching other relevant sources of information for potential impact on SMUD; consults or advises executive management and the Board of Directors on appropriate responses.
  • Supports SMUD’s efforts to affect the outcome of relevant government decisions related to assigned program areas by participating in inter-departmental teams responding to government issues; identifies government trends and relevant critical issues; facilitates the development of SMUD positions to address issues relative to SMUD; identifies and recommends SMUD’s strategy; informs, persuades and negotiates with government officials.
  • Maintains and facilitates ongoing relationships between SMUD and representatives of external entities, including government officials, business and industry representatives, other community members and potential lobbying partners by expediting responses to government officials’ requests; identifies and implements partnering opportunities; establishes and maintains a communication network; advises executive management and the Board of Directors; coordinates constituent meetings; provides a constructive and service-focused point of contact between SMUD and external entities.
  • Assists in planning, reviewing and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.
Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, government, social science or equivalent experience.

3 or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience within a government unit, legislative organization or community relations department or the equivalent preferably involving public presentations and experience working with elected officials, government officials and/or community leaders. Experiences involving principles and practices related to energy programs, rate trends and environmental legislation codes and regulations; planning, organizing and overseeing work activities; training staff; delegating, assigning and reviewing work assignments; federal and state statutes and local laws, ordinances and codes and regulations governing utilities; various SMUD organizational units; and cost benefit analyses are desirable.
If you do not have a degree as stated above, 7 years of experience is required.

Knowledge of:

Principals and practices of federal, state and/or local governments or regulatory agencies and their respective decision-making processes; principals and practices related to energy programs and environmental regulations; legislation, codes and regulations governing utilities as required and specific to the position; techniques and strategies for public speaking and advocacy; systems of codifying laws and regulations specific to the position; the political process; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise; techniques and concepts related to teamwork; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques related to customer relations; safety policies, practices and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skill to:
Develop strategies and policies to affect federal, state or local government or regulatory agency decisions; analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alternatives; negotiate with external representatives on behalf of SMUD; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; interpret SMUD policies, procedures or other special agreements; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; explain complex and/or controversial policies, programs, legislation, regulations, procedures and/or activities internally/externally; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of information; respond to and resolve customer issues, concerns and needs; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Possession of or ability to obtain certification as a California state lobbyist as required by the position.
Desirable Qualifications
For Regional & Local Government Affairs:
Knowledge of California city and/or county regulation of proposed development or infrastructure projects.
Knowledge of CEQA and/or NEPA processes.
Ability to engage effectively with a variety of city and county staff.
Experience in policy analysis and/or advocacy. 
For State and Federal Affairs:
Familiarity with state and/or federal legislative and/or rulemaking processes.
Track record of addressing compliance and/or rule interpretations of behalf of or with state and/or federal regulatory agencies.
Demonstrated understanding of state and/or federal jurisdiction.
Familiarity with state and/or federal energy policy development.
Written and verbal communication strengths applied in policy and/or legal advocacy contexts. 
Additional Posting Info for Candidate

This recruitment process includes two work groups: 1) State and Federal Affairs and 2) Regional & Local Government Affairs. 

Please include in your cover letter which group you are applying for and your related experience as it pertains to the specific role.  Failure to respond to the cover letter requirement may preclude you from moving forward in this process.