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Title:  Government Affairs Representative Journey Level

Department:  Government Affairs - Regulatory

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Legal

Minimum Pay Rate: $100,165.44 

Maximum Pay Rate: $132,712.92 

Posting Type: Open 


NOTE:This position is posted until is a sufficient number of qualified applications are received and may close any time after March 20th, 2023.  For immediate consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early. 


This position will monitor, analyze, and advise leaders and subject matter experts across the organization regarding state regulatory matters, and will support the State Regulatory Program Manager at SMUD. While the Government Affairs Representative classification may also be used to recruit for federal, local and regional government, and state legislative positions at SMUD, the essential functions and duties of this position will focus on state regulatory affairs, including the development and implementation of regulations at all State agencies.  Knowledge of and the ability to interact with relevant State agencies is preferred. 


This position is also being posted as a Government Affairs Representative III (see job requisition 271). Applicants may respond to either or both job announcements, but only one position will be filled. 


Coordinates SMUD’s federal, state, local or regulatory government affairs program to further SMUD’s interests and policies and to facilitate the alignment of government actions with the achievement of SMUD’s strategic objectives.

Nature and Scope

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level "I" is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level "II" upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program.  If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors and analyzes potential legislation, ordinances or regulations by either attending hearings, discussing issues with key players, or researching other relevant sources of information for potential impact on SMUD; consults or advises executive management and the Board of Directors on appropriate responses.
  • Supports SMUD’s efforts to affect the outcome of relevant government decisions related to assigned program areas by participating in inter-departmental teams responding to government issues; identifies government trends and relevant critical issues; facilitates the development of SMUD positions to address issues relative to SMUD; identifies and recommends SMUD’s strategy; informs, persuades and negotiates with government officials.
  • Maintains and facilitates ongoing relationships between SMUD and representatives of external entities, including government officials, business and industry representatives, other community members and potential lobbying partners by expediting responses to government officials’ requests; identifies and implements partnering opportunities; establishes and maintains a communication network; advises executive management and the Board of Directors; coordinates constituent meetings; provides a constructive and service-focused point of contact between SMUD and external entities.
  • Assists in planning, reviewing and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Required Education

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, government, social science or equivalent experience.

Required Experience Qualifications

3 to 5 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience within a government unit, legislative organization or community relations department or the equivalent preferably involving public presentations and experience working with elected officials, government officials and/or community leaders. Experiences involving principles and practices related to energy programs, rate trends and environmental legislation codes and regulations; planning, organizing and overseeing work activities; training staff; delegating, assigning and reviewing work assignments; federal and state statutes and local laws, ordinances and codes and regulations governing utilities; various SMUD organizational units; and cost benefit analyses are desirable.

Knowledge Of

Principles and practices of federal, state and/or local governments or regulatory agencies and their respective decision-making processes; principles and practices related to energy programs and environmental regulations; legislation, codes and regulations governing utilities as required and specific to the position; techniques and strategies for public speaking and advocacy; systems of codifying laws and regulations specific to the position; the political process; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise; techniques and concepts related to teamwork; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques related to customer relations; safety policies, practices and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skills To

Develop strategies and policies to affect federal, state or local government or regulatory agency decisions; analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alternatives; negotiate with external representatives on behalf of SMUD; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; interpret SMUD policies, procedures or other special agreements; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; explain complex and/or controversial policies, programs, legislation, regulations, procedures and/or activities internally/externally; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of information; respond to and resolve customer issues, concerns and needs; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience interacting with state energy and/or air quality regulatory agencies
  • Understanding of the key policy, regulatory, and business issues facing publicly owned electric utilities
  • Experience working in electric utility industry and/or electricity policy

Required Licenses/Certificates

Possession of or ability to obtain certification as a California state lobbyist as required by position.


Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD celebrates diversity, and inspires an inclusive culture based on trust and respect to create belonging and connection among our employees, customers, and communities. By working together, we are powering positive, equitable opportunities for all. We aspire to be a workplace where you can be yourself, achieve your best, and thrive together.

An example of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is when SMUD signed the California Equal Pay Pledge in 2020. This requires equal pay for employees who perform “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility at the time those employees started within that classification. As such, initial hiring salary range is not subject to negotiation and salaries will vary over time based on performance.

SMUD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected characteristic. All employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications, merit, and business needs and interests.


Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to


On Site Work:

This position reports on site a minimum of once a week, however, schedules may vary based on business needs.  SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to remote work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis.


SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  270