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Government Affairs Director

Job ID: 2019-23837
Location:
Plano, TX

Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million Residential and Business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.

From high-speed broadband and ultra-HD video, to digital advertising solutions, local news and voice offerings, we are making connections possible around the country -- to businesses, to consumers, to communities, to schools, to hospitals, and everyone in between.

The Government Affairs Director - West is responsible for state legislative and regulatory affairs well as all engagement with local government officials on business matters in Altice USA in Suddenlink territories. This position is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with state and federal officials from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. In coordination with Corporate Government Affairs, this position must develop and execute political, legislative and regulatory strategies and initiatives that support and enhance the company’s business objectives, including strategic community affairs initiatives.

Responsibilities

Government Affairs: Develop and maintain relationships with Governors’ offices, Attorneys General, state utility commissions, state legislatures (including leadership and key committee chairs) and legislative staff members, and congressional delegations and their staff. The Area Director also attends political functions.

Legislative & Regulatory Affairs: Manage all state-level legislative advocacy, and regulatory advocacy and compliance. This includes strategic planning and direct day-to-day engagement in all aspects of legislative and regulatory proceedings and the coordination, both direct and indirect, (through industry allies and business associations) of company involvement to minimize operational impact and costs. To the extent possible, these efforts seek to achieve a better governmental environment for the company’s products and services.

Business Initiatives: Responsible for developing and executing government strategies to garner support for business initiatives ranging from programming disputes to efficient deployment of the fiber to the home network.

Franchising: Responsible for all local government relationships and franchise management, including securing approvals on favorable terms and managing local Cable Councils. Also supports expansion in communities outside company’s franchise areas through the negotiation and management of telecommunications right-of-way agreements as needed.

Community Affairs: Responsible for developing strategic targets for execution of community affairs initiatives to advance the company’s community image and relationships with public officials.

Operational Activities of this Position

Manage interaction with state and local government officials and agencies as well as federal officials from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Monitor all state and local matters that may impact the company; identify issues that warrant company involvement; and assist in developing and executing positions and strategies to achieve successful results. Maintain and enhance relationships with key federal, state and local public officials, including congressional members and staff, state legislative leaders and relevant committee members, legislative staff and local chief elected officials. Oversee external consultants handling regulatory and legislative matters. Manage regulatory issues at the state utility commissions and ensure timely compliance. Develop and oversee implementation of community affairs initiatives for strategic political purposes. Recommend and execute a strategy for targeted charitable contributions.

  • 6+ years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, government sector or other relevant areas.
  • 4-year degree is required.
  • Strong knowledge of telecommunications business, laws and regulation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability present effectively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Team building skills, including ability to work effectively with colleagues that are not in a direct reporting relationship.
  • Leadership skills, including ability to advance company interests in venues that require consensus building.
  • Flexibility and creativity in problem solving, particularly in negotiations with government officials and agencies.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with federal, state and local government officials.
  • Ability to analyze and understand business impact of proposed legislation and regulations at federal, state and local level.
  • Strong working knowledge of state regulatory, legislative and municipal processes.
  • Ability to plan and execute community affairs activities including events involving public officials.

Altice USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds regardless of gender, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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