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The Manager of Government Relations position serves as the key link between Jacobs’ leadership and the federal government, specifically in the fields of environmental and infrastructure policy, as well as a strong familiarity with federal funding. The preferred candidate should have at least 4 years of experience working with or for the Legislative and/or Executive branches of the federal government. This position will require extensive analytical work tracking the federal budget, influencing legislative activity, and driving the appropriations processes as they relate to current and future Jacobs business needs. Specifically, this position will focus on federal infrastructure appropriations and policies and how they impact- and fund – project and client needs.
Specific Job Responsibilities:
- Congressional relationships are critical to this job, with a strong focus on both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. An understanding of the processes and procedures of both chambers is required and strong relationships with committee leadership members and senior staff is preferred.
- The EPA relationship is key to the firm’s ongoing federal business, and the ideal candidate for this position should have a strong understanding of the EPA’s budget and the related Congressional authorizations and appropriations. A robust understanding of EPA’s Superfund and WIFIA programs is strongly preferred. A general knowledge of EPA water, energy and climate regulations is a plus.
- A strong candidate for the position will have an understanding of the federal budgets and programs of federal agencies with critical infrastructure programs that include the USDOT, FEMA (specifically the Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Hazard Mitigation, and Flood Mapping Programs), and the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program (including an understanding of the WRDA process).
- Finding available federal funding sources is vital to many of Jacobs’ clients. Ideal candidates will need to have a general knowledge of available federal grant/loan programs for environmental, water, and transportation infrastructure projects. The position will serve as a critical connection between federal grant programs and our municipal clients nationwide.
- Monitoring, analyzing, reporting and making recommendations to the Vice President for Government Relations on legislation and regulation driven by the Congress or the Administration on environmental, water or transportation regulatory actions affecting our clients in the engineering or construction industry.
- Update internal stakeholders, including senior leaders, on pressing Congressional or Administration actions that impact the company or clients.
- Persuasively communicating public policy strategies and messages to a wide assortment of constituencies, internal and external to the organization.
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with a variety of elected officials, their staff, key Administration officials, thought leaders and other public policy stakeholders outside of the organization, regardless of their political affiliation.
- Assisting internal business development activities as necessary and developing an understanding of competitors and industry trends.
- Represent Jacobs at external stakeholder meetings and events (such as award banquets, conferences, and dinners) when necessary.
- The Manager of Government Relations is also a key advisor to the firm’s leadership with respect to the political landscape of Washington, DC. The preferred candidate will have a strong understanding of the political process and the ability to analyze how the process may impact the firm.
- Participate in the planning and execution of the Jacobs PAC, including attendance at events before and after regular business hours.
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- Bachelor’s degree in a technical field, political science, public policy, public administration, or business administration/management. Advanced degree is a plus.
- At least 4 years combined work-related experience on Capitol Hill, in federal public policy, or in a corporate government relations environment.
- Relevant background in federal infrastructure policy or funding. Specialized experience in environmental, water, and/or transportation policy is a plus.
- Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter is a must.
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
- Capacity to juggle competing priorities.
- Strong organizational and time management abilities and attention to detail.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work with staff at all levels of the corporation.
- Team player who seeks to become an integral part of an active government relations team.
- Willingness to travel occasionally.
- Ability to attend events outside of traditional business hours, including before and after work and on weekends.
- Exceptional research and analytical skills.
- United States Citizenship.
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