The Governmental & Community Affairs Manager is responsible for building and managing relationships with leaders in the Georgia communities where Oglethorpe Power Corp. (OPC) owns generation assets. Within the External Affairs team, the position will cultivate and maintain relationships with state and local elected officials and their staff, chamber of commerce executives, local school system leaders, nonprofit representatives, EMC executives and their staff and any other influential stakeholders in cities and counties where OPC has a capital and personnel investment. The position will be required to represent OPC and its members at the State Capitol during the Georgia General Assembly to educate and lobby on behalf of the organization as a registered lobbyist, coordinating with the Sr. VP of External Affairs. It is possible that this position will have a role in educating federal level stakeholders, although he/she would not be required to register as a federal lobbyist. The position will represent OPC as a member of, or on the board of local and statewide organizations in the select communities where OPC has assets, in order to influence and educate these stakeholders on issues important to our business and industry. This may include representing OPC on committees, at conferences, presenting to community groups and coordinating with the local EMCs. Additionally, this position reviews and tracks charitable, philanthropic and community development contributions to organizations in these communities, to insure investments align with OPC priorities and values. The Governmental & Community Affairs Manager will manage other special projects as assigned.
- Establish and maintain relationships with state and local government officials, chamber of commerce execs, community leaders and other stakeholders to advance corporate interests and goals.
- Work with the Sr. VP of External Affairs to educate, inform and lobby state, local and possibly federal government officials, about issues important to the industry.
- Represent OPC on county and statewide community committees and establish relationships with these local organizations.
- Speak and present to community groups and coordinate plant tours at OPC generation facilities, which includes writing speeches, researching topics and preparing presentations.
- Assess and review charitable organizations for alignment with corporate community development and legislative strategies and analyze data for impact, sustainability and trends.
- Establish relationships and work closely with local EMC associates on community outreach programs and presentations where appropriate.
- Plan, analyze value, track participation and review OPC participation in statewide utility workforce programs and manage internal volunteer programs including Power Aid and Employee Matching grants.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Public Relations, Communications, Political Science or a similar area of study.
Experience: Eight years to 10 years experience in economic or community development, government relations, community relations, public relations, sales or sales management is preferred. Previous experience as a registered lobbyist is preferred. Previous experience in program management, public speaking, building relationships and interaction with the public is required. Leadership roles, the ability to interact with a diverse community and the ability to make decisions and handle conflict is preferred. A strong interest in community development and working with the underserved is preferred. Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and personally and strong organizational skills essential. Knowledge of the utility industry preferred.
Specialized Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communications required. Track record of public speaking essential. Ability to work independently, manage time and multiple projects is essential. Strong computer skills needed.
Unusual Hours: Most meetings, events and presentations involve travel to outlying counties. Breakfasts, lunch and dinner meetings are the norm. Travel time can begin at 5:30 am and can end late in the evening. Some overnight travel and limited working on the weekends is also required.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.