Director, Public Advocacy

Posted 30 October 2023
Location Tulsa, United States of America
Job type Full Time

Job Description

Director, Public Advocacy

Location: Tulsa, OK


You will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop and advance the company's advocacy strategies. Direct and elevate the company's leadership through community engagement and government relations. This position will be located in Tulsa and will have 6 direct reports. You will need to have 10+ years of experience in government relations, external affairs, and public policy management. 

What You Will Do
  • Work with executive leadership to develop a policy agenda and related strategies to achieve desired outcomes (executive strategic planning).
  • Create and manage systems to research, monitor, analyze, and track key policy issues and influencers.
  • Hire, develop, and engage employees and contractors responsible for community and government relations.
  • Provide information or assistance to community leaders, legislators, lobbyists, regulatory staff, legal counsel, and senior management regarding pending and proposed policy changes. Define and communicate the company’s policy position to designated contacts system-wide.
  • Lead a team responsible for developing and maintaining strategic policy-based relationships with trade associations, industry partners and other key policy-influencing organizations.
  • Monitor pending and proposed local, state, and federal policies (including regulatory); evaluate the impact on customers, employees, and the company. Develop and recommend strategies to ensure favorable outcomes.
  • Analyze and interpret governmental documents and actions, including but not limited to:
    • Legislative bills
    • Joint and concurrent resolutions
    • House and Senate rules
    • Regulatory commission – rules and regulations
    • Federal Agencies – rules and regulations
    • Local community policies
    • International building codes
  • Direct the advising and informing of governmental officials regarding potential weaknesses or merits of policies.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on politicians’ activities; recommend contributions from the company’s political action committee.
  • Organize, advise, and provide direction to the company’s political action committee (PAC); and communicate with PAC members regularly.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required in the performance of the job.
  • Employee may be required to perform additional duties as assigned.

What You Will Need
  • Preferred Bachelor's Degree political science, public relations, or other related field PLUS the following job-related experience:
  • Experience with executive-level strategic planning; execution of an advocacy strategy based on policy agenda.
  • Experience with and thorough knowledge of the city, state and federal political process.
  • Knowledge of the company's organizational structure and operations.
  • Knowledge of the utility business.
  • Experience with the application of math and basic algebraic formulas.
  • Experience monitoring and assessing proposed and pending legislation, developing effective strategies, and working with industry and business trade associations.
  • Experience in the use and function of tools and equipment applicable to the position, including software applications.
  • Experience with and training related to:
    • State and federal legislative systems
    • Regulatory Commission rules and regulations
    • Political action committees
    • Communications skills
  • Experience interacting, negotiating, advising, and communicating effectively.
  • Experience speaking extemporaneously and from prepared material.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and manage employees, with a working knowledge of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Experience researching and composing proposed legislative proposals, reports, and correspondence.
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting financial and statistical data, reports, governmental rules and regulations, bills and resolutions, journals, attorneys’ opinions, statutes, and correspondence.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and write fluently in English.
  • Minimum applicable driver's license, as the position requires travel to other company offices and legislative facilities.
  • Mobility to travel in and around office facilities and to locations both in state and out of state.
  • Communicate and exchange information and conduct oral presentations.
  • Visual abilities sufficient to perform job duties