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One Gas Manager, Government Affairs in Topeka, Kansas

Position Description:

Represents Kansas Gas Service as the primary political liaison with legislators, various state agencies and Company executives and leaders, including coordinating and managing contract public affairs firms when applicable.

Monitor pending and proposed legislation; evaluate its impact on company operations. Develop and recommend strategies to ensure favorable outcomes. Draft language and/or revisions to new and pending bills.

Establish and maintain positive working relationships with legislators, governing officials, and staffs.

Develop and administer strategic governmental affairs programs through meetings with top executives and managers.

Provide information and/or assistance to legislators, lobbyists, regulatory staffs, legal counsel, and senior management regarding pending and proposed legislation. Define and communicate company's legislative position to designated legislative contacts system wide.

Advise and inform legislators and governmental officials regarding potential weaknesses and/or merits of individual bills.

Participate as needed in regular meetings, including hearings, be prepared to make contact with state or federal agencies to address issues that arise. Actively engage in making contacts and keeping key public officials informed. Provide frequent reports to executive management regarding feedback received from customers, elected officials and others.

Advance the mission of the ONE Gas Employee PAC through regular meetings with PAC members and employee groups, developing and presenting donation budgets and actively engaging in the business of the PAC.

Maintain up-to-date information on activities of legislators; recommend contributions on their behalf from company's political action committee.

Analyze, interpret and negotiate language changes as required of governmental documents and/or actions including but not limited to:

  • Legislative bills

  • Joint and concurrent resolutions

  • House and senate rules

  • Regulatory commission orders, rules and regulations

  • State statutes

Analyze and interpret financial and/or statistical information surrounding issues such as:

  • Taxes and tariffs

  • Worker's compensation/unemployment compensation

  • Voting records/trends

Regular and reliable attendance is required in performance of job.

Employee may be required to perform additional duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Required Bachelor's Degree in political science, public relations, other related field, or an equivalent combination of formal experience with and a thorough knowledge of political process at the state level.

Experience monitoring and assessing proposed and pending legislation and developing effective strategies.

Experience researching and composing proposed legislative proposals, reports, and correspondence.

Experience reviewing, interpreting and negotiating language changes as required of financial and statistical data, reports, governmental rules and regulations, bills and resolutions, journals, attorneys' opinions, statutes, and correspondence.

Experience with and training related to:

  • State legislative tracking systems

  • Regulatory commission rules and regulations

  • Political Action Committees

  • Communications skills

  • State Ethics laws and proposed rule changes

Experience in use and function of tools and equipment applicable to position including computer applications.

Experience interacting, negotiating, advising, and communicating effectively.

Experience speaking extemporaneously and from prepared material.

Demonstrated ability to direct and/or supervise. Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures.

Experience with the application of math and basic algebraic formulas.

Demonstrated ability to read and write fluently in English.

Minimum Registered lobbyist as required by current ethics laws.

Awareness of the natural gas distribution business.

Awareness of state ethics law related to government affairs activities.

Minimum Applicable driver's license. Requires travel to other company offices and legislative facilities.

Mobility to travel in and around office facilities and to locations both in state and out of state.

Communicate and/or exchange information and conduct oral presentations.

Visual abilities sufficient to perform job duties.

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Job ID: 1815

Functional Area:

Position Type: Full-Time Regular

Relocation Provided: Yes

Location: Topeka, KS

Department: PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Internal / External: Internal and External

Experience Required: 7 - 10 Years

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