Director - Federal Government Affairs

Washington DCDistrict of Columbia
26 Nov 2016
14 Jan 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Role synopsis
This individual will be a member of the Federal Government Affairs (FGA) team and will serve as a lobbyist for BP America covering diverse business issues before the United States Congress and the White House. The ideal candidate is able to identify emerging and current policy and political issues that could impact BP America's businesses and work directly with the businesses to prioritize, develop and effectively implement BP's lobbying and advocacy strategy. The role coordinates with other members of the FGA team and the broader Communications & External Affairs(C&EA) group to ensure that federal lobbying and advocacy strategies are aligned and coordinated at every level to support BP America's business needs.

Key accountabilities
  • Responsible for building and holding direct and positive relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff and White House staff.
  • Interact directly with senior business executives on their priorities, developing and implementing external engagement plans with a focus on federal affairs to move those priorities forward.
  • Coordinate with, and in some cases direct, the broader Communications & External Affairs (C&EA) group to ensure that public affairs strategies are aligned and coordinated at every level to support BP America business needs.
  • Guide and support the FGA team in delivering business and C&EA priorities overall.
  • Lead coalitions within BP and with external groups in support of BP advocacy.
  • Represent BP on key committees at associations in Washington, DC.
  • Report directly to Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs.
  • Develop and deliver (with the FGA team) a strategic federal affairs community involvement program consistent with BP America objectives and policies and aligned with businesses.
  • Deliver regular reports articulating BP's FGA activities/successes, strategy development and delivery.
  • Identify emerging and current legislation that could impact BP America's businesses and develop and implement BP's lobbying strategy effectively.
  • Serve in a mentorship role, as needed, for junior members of the C&EA team.

Essential Education
  • Undergraduate degree

Essential experience and job requirements
A minimum of 5-7 years' experience working in federal, state and local governments, working on a lobbying team, or in highly-charged national or state political environments. Experience managing advocacy campaigns and lobbying efforts at all levels of government in the U.S.

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)
There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications
An advanced degree (MBA, JD, etc.) or equivalent professional experience preferred.
Capitol Hill experience is a plus.

  • Successful candidate will be flexible and able to work with colleagues in multiple locations globally while understanding the importance of BP's single external face.
  • Understands the nexus between media, politics, governance and business.
  • Capable of digesting and quickly understanding complex policy matters affecting the company.
  • Capable of understanding and communicating the impact legislative initiatives will have on the company.
  • Demonstrated success in a role requiring internal networking and engagement with broad, diverse internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including editing, and the ability to present information in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications style with ability to convey passion about BP and our company's public policy goals; ability to generate excitement and enthusiasm among internal and external audiences.
  • Thorough and detail oriented.
  • Exhibits good judgment; builds effective working relationships; possesses excellent problem solving skills; can manage multiple programs/projects simultaneously while working under tight time constraints.
  • Given broad guidance on approach and method of work but minimal direction thereafter.
  • Demonstrated success as a strong team player who is self-motivated and able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm toward new and evolving challenges.
  • Very strong organizational skills and the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

Relocation available

Travel required
Yes - up to 10%

Is this a part time position?

About BP
24/7 globally accessible news coverage and social media means messaging must be responsive, accurate, and consistent across multiple geographies. To succeed in this dynamic communications environment, BP has developed a Group Communications Strategy setting out a multi-year approach to re-building trust with its partners, investors and employees.

The Communications function sits under the Group Head of Communications, reporting to the CEO. It is supported by a single Communications policy, a capability framework and a set of campaign planning tools to enable a more proactive, systematic and joined up approach to communications.

As well as working in partnership across the BP segments, businesses and functions, delivering top quartile communications in support of BP's business goals, Group Communications owns and manages an array of corporate communications channels, including BP's global internet platform, main publications, corporate reports and intranet portal. It is responsible for BP's relations with the media, all internal communications to staff, a group wide employee recognition programme and for conducting reputation research.

Corporate & Functions

Closing Date
[ "12-Jan-2017" ]