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Government Affairs Specialist (R17-344)

Portland General Electric

Portland, Oregon 97204
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Portland General Electric
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 31, 2017 For over 125 years, Portland General Electric has proudly served Oregon. Our dedication to helping customers is matched by our commitment to providing PGE employees with a diverse array of rewarding career opportunities. Diversity and community are at the heart of what we do for our customers and for each other. We are committed to a team that looks like the Oregon community that we know and love. PGE team members are creative problem solvers who love to apply themselves to challenges, big and small. We are looking for team members who will grow their skills, their career and their future with us. Government Affairs Specialist (R17-344) Represent the company in external relations with the state legislature and state agencies on public policy and legislation affecting the company. Work cooperatively to develop and execute strategies, represent the company to external audiences, and advise management on public policy matters affecting the company’s business goals, corporate values and customer priorities. Position is responsible for working with the Director, company team and external stakeholders to formulate and implement the company’s legislative plans, and for passage or defeat of legislation affecting the company at the state level. Support our journey by: • Establish and maintain favorable strategic relationships with state legislators, committee staff, agency personnel, other utilities, customer representatives and interest groups. • Work with the Director, the Government Affairs policy team, and internal and external stakeholders to formulate and execute company positions and strategies on state legislative policy matters. • Coordinate with federal, local and regional policy and regulatory staff. • Work closely with customers and other stakeholders to identify and work for the passage or defeat of legislation that affects their interests and does not conflict with the company’s overall objectives. • Work with the Director and other state Government Affairs personnel, including contract lobbyists, to develop and execute state political contribution strategies. • Monitor legislative activity in Washington State and work with PGE contract lobbyist in that state to develop favorable outcomes. • Perform various responsibilities comprising approximately 10% of position including:  Report regularly to management on status of major policy initiatives, legislative agenda and relevant activity during legislative sessions.  Assist with staffing work related to company Public Policy Committee.  Prepare appropriate state lobbyist and contribution reports.


You will bring the following skills to our team: • Through knowledge of Oregon legislative and regulatory processes and government relations techniques. • Through knowledge of election and campaign laws relating to political action committees and lobbying process. • Through knowledge of external entities and individuals capable of influencing the legislative and regulatory process. • Working knowledge of utility system regulations, including Oregon Public Utility Commission requirements • Working knowledge of Oregon utility business model. • Working knowledge of key issues affecting the company at local, state, regional, and federal levels. • Extensive experience with Oregon’s legislative process and government relations techniques. • Valid driver’s license and proven safe driving record. Typically, bachelor’s degree in political science or related field and 8-10 years of responsible experience in public policy or equivalent combination of education and experience. Join us today and power your potential! PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the deadline: If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-464-7250. PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future. Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric. Talent Acquisition Contact: Deepa Barve 503-464-7250 Connect with us on Twitter (, Facebook ( and LinkedIn ( THIS IS AN INTERNAL / EXTERNAL JOB POSTING