Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs

  • Cox Media Group
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Aug 21, 2019
Full time Executive Government Communications

Job Description

The Director of Government and Regulatory affairs is accountable for developing and executing strategies to proactively respond to federal, state, local and other public policy agencies and legislation to maintain the company's positive image and ensure an optimal operating environment.  This role promotes and advocates at the federal, state, and local levels to shape and advance company interests. The position   remains knowledgeable of legislation, ordinances and regulations and responds to emerging issues to remove barriers that impede business growth and achievement of company goals.

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Develops and oversees execution of strategies by Government Affairs team for federal, state, local, and other public policy agency legislation
  • Manages relationships with local franchise authorities, state and local elected officials and other public opinion leaders to maintain the company's positive image and ensures an optimal operating environment
  • Develops and manages department budgets and leads long-term strategic planning initiatives
  • Develops, plans and implements grass-roots campaigns to advance company interests
  • Provides analytical review of legislation, ordinances and other legal documents, validates business impact, risks, liabilities, and opportunities in collaboration with other parties
  • Reviews, drafts, edits and negotiates complex agreements with governmental agencies and third parties such as franchise agreements, renewals, Right-of-Way agreements, settlement agreements
  • Proposes legislation, municipal ordinances, and various company filings with governmental agencies
  • Leads video franchise efforts in coordination and collaboration with Cox legal and policy teams
  • Remains aware and knowledgeable of applicable Federal Communications Commission laws and regulations and state utilities commission regulations 
  • Continually evaluates results of government relations activities and adjusts activities to meet changing local conditions
  • Consults company leadership on effective methods and tactics for maintaining relationships with public entities
  • Coaches leadership on etiquette, image and appearance before legislators to ensure the company, activities and priorities are perceived positively and the company’s interests advocated and advanced
  • Partners closely with Marketing, Sales, Cox Media, Cox Business, and other departments to ensure alignment of strategies and initiatives for maximum benefit and ROI
  • Oversee activities of Government Affairs team and collaborates with key boundary partners such as Public Relations/Communications and/or Community Relations to support business growth and key initiatives
  • Oversees day-to-day functions of Government Affairs team, hires, develops, sets goals and trains staff
  • Recognizes, leads, motivates and coaches employees to achieve department and company goals
  • Interprets and communicates company goals and strategic business direction and initiatives to employees
  • Directs the development of strategic plans for department; translates strategies into short-term objectives and goals; oversees implementation of initiatives
  • Develops and standardizes department practices
  • Identifies and analyzes market trends; coordinates and collaborates with others to determine appropriate responses
  • Establishes and leverages strong partnerships with internal/external partners and customers
  • Oversees community partner programs to align with government and community relations
  • Manage political donation budget and strategy and CA PAC.


  • 10 or more years of experience required in related field (i.e. law, public policy, lobby, advocacy, etc.)
  • Experience working at the state level both locally and at the state capitol on lobbying efforts required
  • Experience working with all levels of the organization, particularly mid- and senior-level executives
  • Strong written and verbal skills, ability to adapt communication to different target audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, presentation and collaborative skills to work effectively with leadership and teams across the organization
  • Requires high level of discretion and confidentiality; ability to deal with ambiguity and influencing without direct authority
  • Experience in strategy, planning and delivery of internal and external campaigns
  • Strong ability to execute and manage projects and details
  • Demonstrates strong awareness of business and organization sensitivity and adapts communication accordingly
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and exhibit professionalism under pressure
  • Strong influencing and problem solving skills
  • Excellent proficiency with MS Office (i.e. excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.)
  • Willingness and ability to travel to different Cox markets
  • Regular travel to state capitol (weekly/monthly) as often as needed
  • BS/BA degree in related discipline strongly desired (i.e. Political Science, Public Policy, Law etc.)
  • J.D, MBA or other advanced degree desired
  • 5 or more years of experience in a management role or leading cross functional projects preferred
  • Experience working in a state elected office, advocacy, or within public policy, strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of, and experience lobbying on telecommunications issues preferred