WGL is seeking an experienced community affairs lead with diverse skills and perspective to lead jurisdictional engagements and external affairs initiatives. This role reports into the Manager, Stakeholder Engagement and will be based in our Corporate headquarters building (SW, Washington, DC). The Lead, Community Affairs Specialist will support projects and initiatives by actively engaging in outreach and garnering support from external stakeholders and decision makers. Additionally, you will actively participate in and represent the company in discussions regarding economic and business issues to demonstrate the company's commitment to the Community and gain increased awareness of constituent concerns, attitudes and needs.
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Actively representing the company by participating in local, county and state meetings, events, and conferences that are relevant to our company focus and mission.
- Identifying, managing and facilitating resolution of escalated issues.
- Developing and maintaining a network of support resources with internal partners to resolve elected official needs in an effective and timely manner.
- Developing a strategic framework and implementing strategies to engage a variety of target stakeholder groups.
- Coordinating internally and with other business units as necessary to ensure that the impact of our company decisions is properly communicated to third parties as well as third party concerns are shared back with the company.
- Producing presentations regarding corporate initiatives and communicates with both key internal and external audiences.
- 15% of the work includes participating in events that are scheduled for evening/weekend hours.
What we are looking for:
- High School Diploma or GED with minimum ten (10) years relevant business and/or economic development experience; Preference for advanced degree
- Demonstrated ability to establish rapport, takes initiative and build effective working relationships with business partners, supervisors, and peers.
- Proven ability to use computer software and applications, including Microsoft Office applications, to share, retrieve, research and present business information.
- Demonstrated ability to resolve constituent issues, work in public policy arena and work on corporate volunteerism programs.
- Must be able to travel to all locations throughout the service territory, to include but not limited to, Washington Gas corporate offices and community meeting locations.