Government Relations Principal Manager

Job Description

Join the Clean Energy Revolution

Become a Government Relations Principal Manager in our Local Public Affairs organization at Southern California Edison (SCE) and build a better tomorrow. In this job, you will report to the Government Relations Director and oversee a team of 10-14 Region Staff with responsibility for 50-75 cities and counties overall. You will be responsible for ensuring that regional and local legislative and regulatory environment is conducive to the successful execution and achievement of Company strategies, goals and project plans. In addition, you will develop and oversee community engagement strategies to cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with external stakeholders, including city/county officials, federal and state legislators and district staff, key opinion leaders and community-based organizations. Your work will also require you to work across the organization with senior executives and other internal stakeholders to leverage a variety of company assets toward a common purpose of engaging with external stakeholders. Direct the development of short- and long-term strategic plans to pursue policy objectives that are favorable to the company's overall business strategy.

As a Principal Manager, your work will help power our planet, reduce carbon emissions and create cleaner air for everyone. Are you ready to take on the challenge to help us build the future?

A day in the life - Get ready to think big, work smart and shine bright!
  • Manage resources and budget levels to meet LPA strategic objectives and operational needs. Makes, recommends, and/or approves employment decisions.
  • Manages employee performance by setting clear expectations and providing timely feedback and coaching.
  • Lead and manage elements of emergency preparedness responsibilities in accordance with company business resiliency efforts and goals ensuring a consistent state of preparedness within the functions in this organization.
  • Lead and manage elements of regional emergency preparedness and the resolution of elevated, politically sensitive community issues and work across functional organizational units to resolve important issues related to public affairs and community relations.
  • Serve as a manager-in-charge, Liaison Officer, or in an incident command role, during Public Safety Public Shutoffs (PSPS), storm/emergency situations and training exercises by ensuring the maintenance of open lines of communication between the Company, local government officials, and the leadership of first responders/emergency personnel.
  • Manage elements of the Company's local government, community, and civic activities within a region while overseeing the design and implementation of strategies that facilitate company operations and goals and resolve community issues.
  • Provide strategic advice and counsel to corporate officers, executives and local public affairs personnel and regularly meets with elected officials and senior city/county staff regarding issues of mutual importance to the Company and to local governments, Native American tribes and communities.
  • Utilize community and local government feedback to develop or adjust strategic community engagement plans and/or Company goals to maximize opportunities and minimize risks in the external environment.
  • Provide direction and strategic counsel to Local Public Affairs personnel who regularly attend local government meetings to ensure Company compliance with city/county rules and regulations.
  • Keep abreast of proposed public policies and administrative actions that may impact the Company and its customers.
  • Cultivate external relationships on behalf of the Company to educate, inform and secure support for key corporate goals, Initiatives, infrastructure projects, operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with business units across the Company to facilitate and successfully lead the resolution of elevated politically sensitive issues.
  • Provide strategic advice and counsel for planning of Company's community meetings and forums, leading and managing execution of plans for constructively engaging local government officials and community leaders about issues of importance to the Company and the communities in the region.
  • Manage Local Public Affairs' role in corporate communications/media relations and community investments/charitable contributions within a region.
  • Responsible for overseeing the assigned regions Government Advisory Panel.

The essentials
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Communications, or a related field.
  • Seven or more years of experience managing a team.
  • Five or more years of experience working in a public and/or government affairs discipline.

The preferred
  • Familiar with the political issues and geographic area which consists of the following counties: LA, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Mono, Kern, Kings, Fresno and Inyo. Including but not limited to the cities in these counties and unincorporated communities.
  • Experience with leadership, community, culture, and issues in the Northwest Local Public Affairs' regions, which consists of the following counties: LA, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Mono, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Inyo.
  • Experience working with Native American tribes (Tule River Tribe, Benton Paiute Tribe, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Critical thinker with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, collaborative environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Visio.
  • Ability to follow and prompt Edison safety protocols and safe work practices.
  • Demonstrated strong ethics, interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning.
  • Experience with utility operations and regulations and/or local government legislative and regulatory processes and procedures.

You should know
  • Visit our Candidate Resource page to get meaningful information related to benefits, perks, resources, testing information, and hiring process, and more!
  • Position requires travel across the Northwest Local Public Affairs' regions.
  • Relocation may apply to this position.
  • This position requires testing and applicants who are identified to continue through the selection process will be invited to test via email. Please access our Information Guides , to reference Leadership Profile Assessment 8201. Candidates who have previously passed these assessment(s), in some cases, may not need to retest again for this position.

About Southern California Edison

The people at SCE don't just keep the lights on. Our mission is so much bigger. We're fueling the kind of innovation that's changing an entire industry, and quite possibly the planet. Join us and create a future with cleaner energy, while providing our customers with the safety and reliability they demand. At SCE, you'll have a chance to grow personally and professionally, making a real impact in Southern California and around the world.

At SCE, we celebrate our differences. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.

We are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. #LI-MM1