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Title:  Government Affairs Representative Senior Level

Department:  Government Affairs - Regulatory

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Legal

Minimum Pay Rate: $116,144.76 

Maximum Pay Rate: $153,807.36 

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. 


SMUD will also consider filling this vacancy with a Government Affairs Representative II (see job requisition 270). Applicants may respond to either or both job announcements, but only one position will be filled. The application window may close after March 20th, 2023. 



Provides project management, staff management and/or extensive technical expertise in formulating, implementing and advocating SMUD’s positions and strategies relative to federal, state and/or regulatory issues to further SMUD’s interests and policies and to facilitate the alignment of governmental actions with the achievement of SMUD’s strategic objectives.

Nature and Scope

Serves as a technical or functional expert or consultant providing expertise and/or direction in one or more areas of a professional discipline and assumes responsibility for resolving complex problems and overseeing complex projects. May also serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads and/or coordinates SMUD’s efforts to affect the outcome of relevant federal, state, and local government and/or regulatory decisions by leading inter-departmental teams responding to appropriate government or regulatory issues and proposed regulatory policies; identifies government and regulatory trends and relevant critical issues; facilitates the development of SMUD positions to address these issues; identifies and recommends SMUD’s strategy; informs, persuades and negotiates with government and regulatory officials.
  • Maintains and facilitates ongoing relationships between SMUD and representatives of external entities, including government and regulatory officials specific to the position, business and industry representatives, other community members and potential lobbying partners by expediting responses to elected officials’ requests; identifies and implements partnering opportunities; establishes and maintains a communication network; advises executive management and the Board of Directors; initiates and coordinates constituent meetings; provides a constructive and service-focused point of contact between SMUD and external entities.
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and guides work activities with work-unit employees to meet established task objectives and deadlines by following established policies and precedents; communicates with team members and incorporates their input to processes and techniques; provides staff training; promotes staff safety and a safe work environment; assists in selecting and orienting new personnel; assists in evaluating work performance results; participates as a team member in accomplishing objectives; refers problems to supervision where solutions are not readily achievable.
  • Assists in administering the department budget by participating in planning, monitoring and revising schedules, work plans, expenditures and assignments.
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, guides, reviews and conducts work activities 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

7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience within a government unit, legislative organization or community relations department or the equivalent, preferably involving public presentations; supervisory or lead and project management experience; and experience working with elected officials, government officials and/or community leaders. Experiences involving various organizational units, concepts and principles related to change management, cost-benefit analysis and techniques and practices related to resolving complex technical issues are highly desirable.

Knowledge Of

Advanced principles and practices of federal, state and/or local governments or regulatory agencies and their respective decision-making processes; advanced principles and practices related to energy programs and environmental regulations; legislation, codes and regulations governing utilities as required and specific to the position; complex techniques and strategies for public speaking and advocacy; systems of codifying laws and regulations specific to the position; the political process; methods and techniques for planning, organizing and overseeing work activities; methods and techniques for training staff; practices for delegating, assigning and reviewing work assignments; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise; techniques and concepts related to teamwork; techniques for exercising leadership and authority; 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

Lead interdepartmental teams; develop complex strategies and policies to affect government decisions; analyze the most 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, and/or other special agreements; plan, oversee and review the work of others; 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, regulations, legislation, 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; interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas; 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:  271