Government and External Affairs Director

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Everett, WA, US

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Job ID  9985  Department  Customer & Energy Services (10000058) 
Union Classification  Non Union  Type  Full Time - Salaried  
# of Openings  Job Location  Electric Building - 2nd Floor (E2)  
Closing Date  02/25/2019  Salary/Wage  $141,222.00 - $211,833.00 annually 


Job Definition

Serves as the primary point of contact on behalf of the PUD with the various tribes, state, local and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, elected and appointed bodies, associations and the community. Oversees local, state and federal policy and regulatory issues that impact the PUD, and works with government entities to ensure the PUD’s and customers’ interests are being optimized. Ensures the PUD’s concerns and issues are represented to various agencies and elected bodies.  

Distinguishing Characteristics


Essential Job Functions

Manages and evaluates the performance of assigned staff including providing coaching, positive recognition and discipline when appropriate.  Provides opportunity for employee development and training as appropriate.  Ensures staff understands and complies with District Directives, safety rules and other related policies and procedures.


Establishes performance expectations, work priorities, staff assignments and administrative procedures.  Cooperates with other District departments to ensure coordinated work efforts.


Evaluates staffing needs of the department and makes recommendations for increases and/or decreases in staffing levels.  Conducts interviews and makes staff selections to meet the Districts strategic plans and critical goals.


Scopes and implements special projects and strategic initiatives as determined by the AGM, Customer and Energy Services. This may include undertaking research, tracking trends, preparing presentations; development of meeting agendas; drafting briefing papers and/or compiling pertinent background materials; preparing summaries of discussion; coordinating logistical arrangements; and ensuring effective communications with participants, as needed.


Works in conjunction with PUD senior leadership to pursue and achieve tactical or strategic objectives aligned with PUD’s short and long-term strategies.


Anticipates issues which may impact the PUD’s current strategic objectives and provides thought leadership on how the PUD’s leadership can overcome and anticipate strategic challenges. 


Works with the AGM, Customer and Energy Services and Leadership Team to develop and implement external stakeholder strategies for the region and the agenda for public relations for the organization according to the PUD’s strategic objectives and business functions. 


Works closely with Corporate Communications and other customer facing work groups to craft and unify the PUD’s messaging.


Leads key initiatives that require cross-functional engagement with staff across the organization, and with external stakeholders, as appropriate. Work with leadership to select, develop, and motivate groups of people working together in a committed way to achieve a common mission.


Identifies and engages individual PUD subject matter experts, as well as informational resources, to frame and advance the PUD’s strategic initiatives or emerging issues.


Leverages the talents of people with different perspectives, styles and backgrounds to achieve success in cross-functional teams.


Manages the legislative/regulatory/large issues efforts and concerns of the various work groups within the PUD.  Attends meetings, analyzes issues, and determines impacts and opportunities for the PUD.  Identifies the appropriate PUD work groups that should be involved and coordinates that effort.


Develops policy recommendations, draft legislation, and strategy papers on legislative/regulatory matters.  Anticipates and coordinates the PUD’s position and the impacts to the PUD of legislative/regulatory activities.


Specialized Job Functions



Manages the District’s participation in trade associations that affect legislative/regulatory/ large issues.  This includes Washington PUD Association (WPUDA), Public Generating Pool, American Public Power Association (APPA), Public Power Council (PPC) and others.


Coordinates efforts with Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, and other community organizations that are involved in legislative/regulatory matters. Develops, fosters and coordinates communication and partnerships with the Bonneville Power Administration.


Manages and coordinates the efforts of contractors working on legislative/regulatory matters, including lobbyists.


Develops and coordinates PUD communications to legislators, regulators, the Leadership Team, Commissioners, District staff, the general public and others regarding PUD positions on legislative/regulatory/large issues.

Other Job Functions

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

• Electric utility issues and operations.

• Bonneville Power Administration and Department of Energy programs and processes.

• Legislative/regulatory processes.

• NW trade associations and NW regional energy issues.

• Energy and natural resource issues on a national level.

• Project management, negotiation, relationship building/partnering, and conflict management/mediation.

• Computer applications including advanced word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

• Customer service techniques and practices.

• Financial and budgeting processes

• Applicable Federal, State, Local and District regulations.

Ability to:

• Draft and analyze legislative and regulatory proposals.

• Analyze complex issues and provide recommendations.

• Communicate persuasively on complex matters.

• Coordinate complex matters involving many parties.

• Communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external customers.

• Learn, interpret and apply District policies, procedures and directives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Political Science, or related field OR equivalent combination of related education and experience; and
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in legislative/regulatory processes.


• Valid Washington State Driver License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Business, Political Science, Public Administration or related field, or JD degree.
  • Previous experience in public or private utility legislative/regulatory processes.

Working Conditions

• Duties performed primarily in an office environment.

• Travel to business meetings is required.

• Incumbent will be required to make frequent trips to the state capital in Olympia.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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