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NiSource Government Affairs Representative (location flexible within Columbia Gas of Virgnia Operating Territory) in Chester, Virginia

To develop and leverage strong relationships with state and local officials. As a member of the Government Affairs team, the representative will work with local leaders and business partners in key portions of CVAs service area to monitor and assess local issues or policy developments and provide input to the resolution and communication of such issues and developments with key stakeholders. This position will assist in the communication, adoption and achievement of legislative and communications goals. Development of professional relationships with constituents and/or key members of the state legislature and local government officials. This position requires strong communications and advocacy skills.Key Results:

Develop and maintain strong relationships with local officials

Provide government and external affairs support

Assist in external outreach and issues management

Assist in implementing a strategic government and external affairs strategy

Represent CVA, as appropriate, as a good corporate citizen through development of solid relationships with key stakeholders

Provide support to the management of the CVA PAC

Key Duties and Responsibilities

In partnership with appropriate CVA functional leaders, work to facilitate strengthened relations and productive dialog with local government officials to secure receipt of required permits, renewal of municipal franchise ordinances, and resolution of other issues or concerns.

Participate in company advocacy efforts primarily directed to local government officials, as well as certain state officials and legislative committees, and administrative agencies as required.

Work with local residential customers, community leaders, municipal departments, municipal managers, local council, chambers of commerce, school districts, marketing and economic development groups and other local organizations to support CVA policy initiatives and other company programs.

Educate external audiences and take action to facilitate public understanding and avoid customer complaints or other situations that could negatively impact CVAs business plan.

Maintain relationships and liaison with key industry associations and coalition partners.

Provide support and assistance as directed for NiSource Political Action Committee (NiPAC) activities.

Attend and report upon state legislative, local government and executive branch hearings as assigned; review testimony submitted as relevant state or local government proceedings.

Assist in analyzing legislative proposals for relevance to company interests and identify priorities.

Prepare draft position papers, fact sheets, articles, advocacy letters and related background materials regarding public policy matters of importance to the company.

Recommend options and strategies for achieving public policy objectives

Aid in developing and maintaining effective communications and liaison relationships with external and internal stakeholders.

Conduct legislative research.

All other duties as assigned.

Qualificatios:

Completion of a Bachelors degree in a public policy related discipline.

1-3 years experience in government or legislative relations at the state or local government level; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.

Strong written and oral communications and advocacy skills required.

Experience in the research for, and preparation of, public policy positions (issue briefs, fact sheets, advocacy materials, etc.).

Ability to analyze legislation and to apply analysis to justify, explain, and support company policies and positions.

Capacity to perform without continuous supervision while contributing as an active and engaged team member.

Strong consideration given to individuals with relevant NiSource or energy industry. experience/understanding who are seeking growth and development in the legislative/public policy arena.

The successful candidate may reside in any of the following service territories: Richmond/Chester, Suffolk, Warrenton/Vint Hill, Fredericksburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Lynchburg VA.

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.

For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at careers.nisource.com before December 4th!Please submit a cover letter and resume as one attachment.

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

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