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Manager, State Governmental Affairs
Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corporation

Job Location: Grimes, IA
Job Specifications

Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE: This position will close on June 4, 2017.


Manage the governmental affairs policy and strategic legislative initiatives of Black Hills Corporation’s natural gas utilities and other business interests in Iowa; represent company’s interests before the state legislature and industry associations; inform management and employees of business units in Iowa of key legislative and public policy issues.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Senior Manager, Governmental Affairs


  • Serve the governmental affairs needs of business unit in Iowa and the company as a whole, under the direction of Senior Manager of Governmental Affairs.
  • Develop and execute a legislative strategy to advance Black Hills business goals and objectives.
  • Monitor and analyze legislation impacting Black Hills; advise and inform Company officials of issues and positions.
  • Develop and propose legislation as appropriate.
  • Inform and influence elected officials to support Company positions, including through oral testimony before legislative committees, written and personal communication.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with state elected and key appointed officials and staff, including Governor, state legislators, congressional delegation and local officials.
  • Work with state associations and other industry organizations to develop and pass legislation in line with Black Hills’ priorities.
  • Develop and maintain position papers on designated issues impacting Black Hills.
  • Participate in Black Hills Corporation Political Action Committee’s solicitation and distribution efforts; develop and execute strategies and tactics to meet PAC goals and objectives in Iowa.
  • Inform, educate, and engage Black Hills employees in Iowa on key legislative, political, and public policy issues impacting the company.
  • Participate in business unit operations and Governmental Affairs team functions and projects.
  • Lead and manage internal cross-functional teams and external coalitions.
  • Work collaboratively with the Company’s Community Affairs, Communications and other functions on meeting business objectives.
  • Partner with the Company’s Regulatory and Operations functions to support company objectives before regulatory bodies.
  • Manage other projects as necessary.


  • Internal: Governmental Affairs, VP of Operations for Iowa, Operations management team, Community Affairs, Communications, Regulatory Affairs, Legal and other management teams.
  • External: elected and appointed officials and staff, business and industry associations; state and community leaders; grassroots organizations.


  • History of successful lobbying efforts.
  • Minimum of five years of experience working in governmental affairs, communications, or public relations.
  • Experience in the energy industry preferred.


  • Bachelor's degree required.


  • Knowledge of retail utility, electric, natural gas, oil, natural resource, environmental, and other energy and business issues.
  • Knowledge of state legislative processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Iowa governmental, political and economic characteristics.


  • Personal drive, creativity, and initiative to create opportunities to influence public policy.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, interpret and communicate them in a concise, understandable format.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and persuasion skills.
  • Dedicated team player and collaborator.
  • Flexibility to travel regularly among Black Hills’ service territory locations within the state and out of state as needed.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Commitment to meeting ethical business and personal standards.
  • Personal drive, creativity, and initiative to create opportunities to influence public policy.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, interpret and communicate them in a concise, understandable format.


  • You must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

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Black Hills Corporation

We are committed to our mission to Improve Life with Energy in the work we do, in our community involvement and in the careers of our team members. No matter the role you play you will find a connection in your work at BHC to something bigger...challenges that stretch your skills, serving customers and the larger community, and being a part of the industry that makes everything else possible.
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