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Associate Director, Government Affairs, California

United States - California - Sacramento
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Job ID 98844BR Job category Communications & External Affairs Segment Corporate & Functions Relocation availableYes - Domestic (In country) only Travel required Yes - up to 10% Closing Date22-Apr-2019

Role synopsis:

The Associate Director, California State and Local Affairs, is accountable for delivering objectives in support of BP businesses and functions in California, including Fuels, N.A., Integrated Supply & Trading, LightsourceBP, BP Ventures and the Remediation Management function. The Associate Director is a strategic thinker who looks several moves ahead and develops and implements strategies to ensure BP’s corporate interests are advanced. This position reports to the Senior Director, State and Local Affairs for Fuels, N.A. and will work collaboratively with other Communications & External Affairs (C&EA) personnel, including media affairs.

The Associate Director is responsible for comprehensive public affairs service delivery. The Associate Director will have excellent communication skills – oral and written – and a track record showing how those skills have created value for an organization or business. By developing strong relationships, the Associate Director will learn BP’s strategy and related objectives and will develop our engagement strategy to advance BP business objectives in the region. He or she will need to be able to identify emerging issues early and be able to recommend a path forward on response.

The Associate Director will also develop strong external relationships with communities, businesses, government, industry associations, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations and develop non-traditional allies. The Associate Director will manage government affairs contractors and participate actively in trade association working groups.

Collaboration is a fundamental way of working for the Associate Director. The Associate Director will continuously collaborate with business representatives, the C&EA team, and relevant industry and advocacy organizations.

Key accountabilities:

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance business or function priorities through effective advocacy, building coalitions and allies and engaging other voices to support business objectives.
  • Develop and maintain strong external and internal networks and share context and information as appropriate. In support of objectives, participate as requested with business or function teams.
  • Deliver local engagement and community affairs activities, including representing BP at events and building local relationships.
  • Working with contract government affairs professionals and trade associations, communicate BP’s policy positions with governors and their policy teams, legislative leadership, majority and minority caucuses, and legislative committee leadership and staff.
  • Prepare briefings, reports and presentations for business and functional leadership on relevant issues.
  • Provide crisis management support to the business including participating in the IMT rotation.
  • Network with peers in other states and Washington, DC to maximize information sharing, best practices and integrated approaches. Proactively identify opportunities for federal, state and local C&EA engagement.

Essential Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience, which can be in government affairs, public policy or other equivalent experience requiring skills such as strategic thinking, advocacy or stakeholder engagement.

Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Deep experience in California politics and government
  • A strong network of relationships in California government
  • Ability to understand the wider business context of issues, translate complex technical issues and communicate simply and powerfully
  • Exceptional communication skills in public and private settings both in presentation and written formats
  • Experience in planning and executing campaigns
  • Ability to anticipate and interpret political developments, policy and legislative proposals
  • Ability to write briefings, correspondence, and policy papers
  • Ability to design and deliver pragmatic, fit-for-purpose strategies in line with Fuels, North America's priorities and business strategy

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications:

  • Experience in the energy industry, especially oil and gas, is a plus but not a requirement
  • Well-developed network in California government
  • Enjoys and has the capability for working with a global and diverse organization
  • Consistently meets high standard of quality, performance, and productivity
  • Produce desired results in a timely and highly proficient manner without supervision
  • Team player in immediate work group as well as across the organization
  • Very strong organizational skills and the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances
  • Demonstrate absolute discretion in handling confidential data
  • Seeks additional responsibilities and uses innovation to improve job knowledge and procedures.

About BP:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

In America, we are the largest producer of domestic oil and gas and one of the largest energy investors. Our operations include the North Slope of Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, the refineries in the Midwest, West Coast, and Gulf Coast, a solar plant in Frederick Maryland and wind farms across the country. The Chairman and President is our most senior leader for BP in the US.


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