Government Relations Representative – Santa Clara & Santa Cruz

PG&E Corporation
Published
May 27, 2021
Location
San Jose, CA
Category
Job Type

Description

Requisition ID # 51765 

Job Category : Government and Regulatory Relations 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Strategy & Policy

Department & Role Overview
PG&E’s Local Public Affairs team leads the Company’s government relations activities and strategies in the cities and counties we serve, helping to shape complex, proactive public policy debates that support our customers and local communities, invest in climate resiliency and the stability of the grid, and assure the long-term success of the company. The successful candidate will be excited about joining a growing, collaborative, and proactive Bay Area team that is committed to making real change in their community. The candidate will believe in transparency and honest communication and will excel at building and maintaining trust with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Position Summary
Develop and maintain a strong governmental, political and community network within San Francisco.  The candidate will have substantial external contact responsibility and should be experienced in building agreements and partnerships, especially with coalitions of diverse interests.  The candidate must also have excellent written and verbal, and public presentation skills and the ability to produce results working with or leading a cross-functional team.  The ideal candidate must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a dynamic, ambiguous, and fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will be a poised public speaker with previous public testimony experience and political engagement experience.

Travel and Work-from-Home: The PG&E Local Public Affairs team is currently operating under a Work-From-Home status through the end of 2021.  In the future, the role will likely require regular travel within the Bay Area and to other locations in PG&E’s service territory, as workload dictates.  This includes San Francisco and other areas, with some overnight travel required.

Responsibilities:

  • Government Relations:

Develop and maintain strong governmental, political, and community network. Serve as a primary political contact for assigned cities, counties, and other local governmental agencies. Monitor activities of special districts. Skills may also be utilized across service area depending on issues. Manage issues that arise before assigned political bodies, coordinating Company analysis and response. Keep abreast of local political and legislative issues. Provide political and governmental expertise to assigned area. Assist with governmental affairs programs, including key contacts, PAC and grass roots efforts. Maintain high level of knowledge on local governmental political climate, and franchise issues. Effectively respond to customer issues referred by elected representatives. Act as liaison to top government staff and elected officials for wildfire related issues.

  • Community Relations/Special Projects:

Serve as lead community contact in respective area(s). Develop community partnerships that build upon and enhance PG&E programs/services, assisting customers and providing support for company goals. Coordinate local charitable contributions program. Consult with internal clients on implementing community strategies to position the Company. Strengthen relationships with local elected and community organizations (regularly attend events, local community board representation and general representation for the company).

  • Public Affairs Issues and Project Management:

Manage/support company projects and issues with public affairs elements. Prepare and implement strategies, assess financial impacts to the company and develop written and verbal communications. Be an effective team member by working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and positions.

  • Emergency Response/Public Safety Power Shutoff Response (SEMS Training):

Act as PG&E’s conduit to city leadership, county leadership, local elected officials and other community leaders about emergency situations before, during and after the event. Coordinate and communicate with external contacts in times of crisis. Provide support to Area Emergency Center whenever it opens. Develop and maintain relationship with county OES, as assigned. Provide support for wildfire rebuilding and response activities.

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3-years of experience working for an elected official, public or non-profit agency or as a political consultant or other relevant experience
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Computer Skills - Proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint

Desired:

  • Advocacy and Public Speaking experience
  • Coalition Development and Relationship Management experience
  • Political and grassroots experience
  • Experience and training in emergency management / emergency response
  • Familiarity with City and County of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz governmental and departmental processes
  • Knowledgeable about Santa Clara and Santa Cruz neighborhoods and history
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