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Director, State Government Affairs

Company: Spectrum
Location: Washington
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Job Description:

The Director, State Government Affairs, will report to the Vice President, Local Government Affairs & Franchising, but will also support the Vice President, Legislative Affairs & Ethics and may support other members of the corporate State Government Affairs leadership team as needed. Job responsibilities will include supporting and coordinating state and local franchising activities, and providing support for programs and policies of government affairs, including lobbying and political ethics compliance. The candidate may also assist with the negotiation of Charter s local franchises and achievement of Charter s state legislative goals, including state and local policy initiatives.

Coordinate with VP, Local Government Affairs & Franchising, to support field teams to enable timely completion of franchise renewals consistent with company polices

Coordinate with VP, Legislative Affairs & Ethics, to advise colleagues on lobbying, political ethics, reporting and compliance matters

Track and manage franchise renewal and transfer efforts consistent with annual renewal goals across five state government affairs operating regions

Prepare franchise renewal applications and supporting data for renewal negotiations

Assist in preparation of corporate government affairs renewal strategy and participate as needed in franchise renewal negotiations with municipalities and/or their consultants

Coordinate with other business units within the company to ensure government affairs initiatives and procedures are consistent with broader company goals and processes

Remain informed about various issues within Charter as well as issues being considered by state legislatures and local governments

Understand company priorities and concerns and effectively communicate those concerns to government affairs and company leaders

Prepare talking points, memoranda and other written communications advising field on legal developments concerning cable franchising, the cable industry, and political ethics developments

Assist in development and implementation of compliance related policies and procedures as needed

Prepare political ethics reports and ensure timely filing of reports with state and local agencies

Review, interpret, and communicate meanings of the terms and conditions of franchises, franchise-related agreements, and other contracts for implementation to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory standards

Respond to and monitor resolution of escalated complaints from local and state government authorities

Supervise maintenance of master franchise database

Manage and support field teams in reviewing and responding to franchise fee audits and other franchise related issues

Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance

Regular, consistent and punctual attendance. Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) as necessary

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Ability to communicate and advocate for company positions and policies
Ability to quickly and thoroughly analyze a broad range of issues utilizing varied analytical techniques
Ability to engage in sophisticated/strategic thinking to determine how best to influence decision/policy makers
Knowledge about the professional standards for lobbyists
Demonstrated ability to set and meet objectives while reacting within a dynamic internal and external environment
Ability to synthesize complex problems/policy issues while identifying their related business implications and the actions necessary to advocate a recommended outcome
Uncompromising ethics, integrity, and sound judgment
Ability to take a hands on approach to problem solving, and have a professional executive presence for interacting with and influencing public policy decision makers, senior management and executives internal and external to the company
Ability to influence, negotiate with, and persuade others
Demonstrate flexibility and strong judgment, decision-making skills, and political acumen
Ability to work cooperatively in a fluid team environment
Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective relationships with others

Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and straightforward manner
Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks
Ability to make decisions and solve problems while working under pressure
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret contracts, cable franchises, legislation, statutes, regulations, agency notices, and public filings
Ability to work independently
Ability to use personal computer and software applications (i.e. word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, etc.)
Ability to write talking points, speeches and articles for publication and to effectively present information to top management, legislators and staff, public groups, and/or boards of directors
Knowledge of cable television products and services preferred

Bachelor's degree
Law degree and active license to practice law preferred

Related Work Experience
Strong negotiating skills
5+ years of Cable and/or telecommunications or legal experience preferred
Political/government relations experience preferred

Office environment
Travel as required
Associated topics: emergency management, government affairs, media, public, public affairs, public records, public works, regulatory affairs, social media

Keywords: Spectrum, Washington DC , Director, State Government Affairs, Government & Protective Services , Washington, DC

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