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Southern California Edison Government Relations Advisor in Cathedral City, California

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About Local Public Affairs

Local Public Affairs (LPA) is part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Government Affairs Organizational Unit. LPA is tasked with earning the active support of government and community leaders to achieve SCE’s vision of a clean energy future.

Position Overview

The Government Relations Manager (Government Relations Advisor) will lead SCE external activities/engagements in a specified geographic area, will be part of project teams, and will participate in the development and delivery of public affairs strategies and tactics for major issues, programs, and projects. They will develop and provide assessments, intelligence, and recommendations to the team and will validate or supplement intelligence garnered from social media research. This position will be located in Palm Springs for closer proximity to customer/stakeholder impacts and available for deployment in the field.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages relationships with Native American Tribes, elected officials, local government staff, and community stakeholders, as needed; networks with key external stakeholders and influencers within a geographic region in support of assigned projects and business priorities.

  • Leads response and resolution of highly escalated community issues related to programs/projects.

  • Develops understanding of political/community landscape of impacted project area(s); assists project team briefings, public meetings, presentations, door-to door outreach, etc., gathers community intelligence to validate or supplement intelligence from social media monitoring and research; is conversant in social media tools (e.g. Twitter), as this position may be responsible for some level of social media presence (in coordination with Corporate Communications) and community engagement as a company representative; identifies community risks and opportunities and proactively incorporates these into outreach strategy.

  • Provides subject matter counsel and guidance to internal team members and external stakeholders relative to managing company issues in communities; coordinates with internal company leaders and other OU project leaders within the scope of specific issues being managed; conducts training to internal partners on dealing with the public.

  • Works with the project manager and team on development (and continuous evaluation of effectiveness) of project plans, including scope, schedule, and budget; measures impact of work in either the communities served or the projects supported.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Seven (7) years of experience working in public affairs, government relations, or community relations.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Political Science, Business, or related field.

Desired Qualifications

  • Typically five to seven years of experience developing outreach strategies aimed at governmental and community based entities and/or based on a particular subject matter area.

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, Business, or related field.

  • Experience working with Native American Tribes.

  • Experience working in a cross-functional environment managing multiple stakeholders.

  • Problem solver; self-starter; high degree of creativity to find new ways to reach and communicate to customers and stakeholders.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a strong attention to detail.

  • Critical thinker with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, collaborative environment.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills with high level of initiative and ability to effectively interface, collaborate, and partner with stakeholders, senior management, clients and team members to help drive solutions and ensure stakeholder buy-in.

  • Familiar with social media tools for monitoring and engaging with stakeholders.

  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and recommend ideas and concepts to senior management in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.

  • Ability to manage and support multiple projects concurrently.

  • Ability to follow Edison safety protocols and safe work practices.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to integrate work across relevant areas, develop the business and services to enhance customer satisfaction and productivity, manage risks appropriately, manage information, and provide exceptional service to internal and external customers.

  • Must demonstrate effective decision making, results delivery, team building, and the ability to stay current with relevant technology and innovation.

  • Must demonstrate strong ethics, interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning.

  • Experience working in the energy industry.

  • Strong strategic, analytical, and planning skills.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

  • This position will be located in Palm Springs, CA, but available for geographic deployment in the field, all in service of the projects to which this position is assigned and in service of broader business priorities that may arise.

Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.

SCE is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.