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Director, Government Affairs at Livent Corporation

Director, Government Affairs

Livent Corporation Philadelphia, PA (On Site) Full-Time
About Livent: Livent powers the things that power our lives. From the revolution in electric vehicle batteries and mobile devices to the strong, lightweight alloys and advanced polymers that take innovation further, we harness lithium technology to help the world move forward-cleaner, healthier and more sustainably.

For nearly eight decades, we've been harnessing lithium's potential to change the energy landscape. We are a pioneer in the lithium industry and have a rich history of breakthrough innovations and industry achievements, including partnering with Sony Corporation to develop the first ever Lithium-ion battery for commercial use.

Today, Livent builds on our heritage and is a global leader in the lithium industry with a differentiated product offering, proven track record and sustainability profile. Our customer portfolio includes some of the most dynamic companies in the world, including Tesla, and BMW Group.

Our customers look to us to meet the most demanding technical requirements, drawing upon our strengths in R&D with our advanced engineering capabilities, industry-leading materials science expertise, fully integrated global supply chain, and passion for continuous improvement and excellence.

Together, we work to safely and sustainably convert lithium's potential into commercial progress, driving not only incremental improvements and also next generation, transformative opportunities.

For customers at the forefront of the once in a generation shift in how the world powers itself - and the fight against climate change - Livent is the lithium technology partner that's leading the way.

Position Summary: As Livent continues to expand its global operations, it is becoming increasingly more important to develop and maintain strong partnerships with local, state, and federal governmental bodies and agencies to help us achieve our strategic goals. Livent is conducting a national search for a Government Affairs leader who will demonstrate a zeal for and experience with bridging communications and understanding between commercial organizations, appropriate stakeholders at various levels of government, and members of the communities in which they operate. The ideal candidate will have a savvy yet personable communication style and presence that will help Livent continue to foster collaborative government partnerships and achieve positive outcomes aligned with our priorities. They will demonstrate a solid understanding of the current landscape of the lithium industry and the policies impacting it and will use that understanding to effectively navigate any challenges in current and future markets, while continuously building upon positive goodwill where it exists.

The Government Affairs leader will join a dynamic Communications and Public Affairs team that is committed to delivering a high standard of service to the organization and preserving Livent's brand and standing as a leader in the lithium industry. They will also partner on a variety of initiatives relating to Livent's commitment to sustainability so an understanding of and interest in this space is a plus.

Preference will be given to candidates with established networks in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This role will be based out of Washington, D.C. and Livent will offer relocation assistance to the ideal candidate. This role will report to the Chief Communications Officer & Head of Global Public Affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Establish Livent's public affairs management and response strategy for key business objectives.
* Advance legislative and regulatory priorities and identifying strategic opportunities for Livent at the local, state, and federal levels.
* Identify and manage relationships with partner organizations to maximize Livent's legislative and regulatory effectiveness and reach.
* Develop policy position statements that align with Livent's business strategy and, in collaboration with the Communications team, manage the communication of policies to key government, private sector, and other related internal/external stakeholders.
* Monitor the introduction and progress of federal, state, and local legislation (including related appropriations and budget proposals) with particular emphasis on matters impacting the states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
* Stay abreast of legislation impacting Livent's business objectives and recommend position to be taken either in advance of or opposition to such legislation.
* Engage with Congressional, state, and local lawmakers, as well as relevant policymakers, to develop and advance legislation and other policy initiatives, identifying potential sponsors for key legislation where needed.
* Identify and pursue opportunities to highlight and advance Livent's business objectives, through: (i) submitting testimony to Congressional committees; (ii) meeting with key executive branch policymakers; (iii) leading the preparations and submittal strategy for federal grant proposals to secure potential federal funding sources (Department of Energy, Department of Defense, etc.) to further advance Livent's R&D and other market segment business objectives.
* Serve as Livent's subject-matter expert on and represent the company at meetings with regulators, agency officials, legislators, environmental associations, and various non-profit organizations.
* Advocate for programs, rules and regulations that promote Livent's business objectives and advance the company's ability to sustainably increase its global lithium production footprint.
* Research and communicate the impact of pending changes to policies and laws to internal and external stakeholders.
* Leverage established relationships to build awareness of and consensus around Livent's strategic issues with federal, state, and local legislators, staff, and their constituencies.
* Establish and maintain strong, positive working relationships with legislative and state/federal agency officials.
* Maintain a pulse on and provide input to various business initiatives that may have public policy implications and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders to manage any related communications to federal, state, or local lawmakers or agencies.
* Recommend political giving recommendations in support of Livent's business objectives and in accordance with Livent policies and Core Values.
* Represent Livent at various national, state, and local events to promote its public policy positions.
* Establish a network of industry coalition partners and provide leadership in response to legislative and regulatory action or inaction.
* Establish and manage a modest presence in the EU (e.g., Brussels) and Canada to advance Livent's business objectives in these regions.
* Manage outside consultants.

Travel Requirements: 40% (between D.C, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania)

Education and Experience

* Bachelor's degree in Government, Government Relations, Public Policy, Lobbying or Communications required
* Minimum 10 years' experience managing government affairs for a corporate organization required
* Minimum 5 years' experience in a government affairs consultant capacity a plus
* Prior chemical manufacturing industry experience a plus (lithium industry experience preferred but not required)
* Demonstrated history of influencing policy decisions and legislation through strategic relationship building and skilled advocacy required.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

* Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, internet, web-based software applications.
* Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multi-functional and a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization, including Executive Management.
* The ability to work well both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, in a fast-paced cross-functional/matrixed environment.
* A strong work ethic and the ability to prioritize and follow through on numerous projects simultaneously.
* Strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship management skills.
* Ability to maintain strict levels of confidentiality.
* Ability to think critically and solve problems analytically and strategically.
* Strong organizational skills.
* Spanish or French fluency is a plus (but not required).

Safety Requirements: All employees are expected to carry out their work functions in a healthy and safe manner, to always encourage and support safe work practices, and to report and/or rectify any unsafe conditions that may come to their attention immediately.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and taste or smell.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic). Ability to work in a confined area. Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period.

Personal Protective Equipment: Must wear PPE as required based on job duties or when traveling to locations where PPE is essential.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

LIVENT employs people across a broad range of occupations in locations across the world. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. Employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career.

LIVENT is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EEO, AAE, MFDV and supports a drug free workplace.

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