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Government Affairs Officer

Richmond VA

The Government Affairs Officer (GAO) is a newly created strategic leadership position that provides direction for judicial services, hearings and appeals and legislative/policy functions for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The GAO works closely with the CEO and other C-Suite officers to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies that support accomplishment of Virginia ABC’s Strategic Plan. The position is responsible for a 16-member staff and an annual operating budget of nearly $2 million. Initially, the GAO will report to the current Chief Operating Officer. After the transition, the GAO will report to the newly appointed CEO.

  • Provide leadership and guidance on the development of legislative and regulatory proposals for VA ABC and the review and analysis of legislative proposals impacting VA ABC.
  • Prepare staff reports or studies requested by the Administrator of General Assembly on legislative policy issues.
  • Lead, oversee, and make improvements to the Hearings and Appeals and other department processes; partner with CEO to respond to high profile, complex, and/or controversial cases and decisions.
  • Establish metrics to measure effectiveness and ensure the division meets strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Work with stakeholders on judicial and legislative matters.
  • Provide CEO guidance and input on legislative and judicial matters pending with the Authority.
  • Set strategic direction and assist in the execution of initiatives related to judicial service and legislative activities.
  • Provide input on legal interpretations and respond to legislative inquiries.
  • Serve as liaison to the Governor’s office and General Assembly on legislative and government affairs matters.
  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the department's fiscal function and performance.
  • Effectively communicate the Authority mission, vision, values, strategy and results throughout the division.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, business administration, or a related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in government relations or regulatory administration. Juris Doctor preferred with demonstrated experience serving as government counsel, regulatory administrator, or a government affairs professional. Experience working for or representing interests before the Commonwealth of Virginia preferred.

  • Strategic agility - Exercises vision and business acuity in making decisions that advance the strategic plan and challenges the status quo to make the organization and the services it provides better.
  • Political sensitivity and diplomacy — Effectively represents the Authority in a nonpartisan manner that is sensitive to divergent political interests and perceptions of legislators, state agencies, government officials, stakeholders, and the public ; demonstrates an appreciation for process and fairness.
  • Stakeholder awareness - Understands the roles of the Authority as a state entity, a regulator, a law enforcement organization, and a critical revenue-generating business; respects the diverse interests of stakeholders.
  • Customer focus - Intentional in understanding the needs and desires of better serving internal and external customers and building strategic partnerships.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit - Demonstrates a passion for the organization mission and develops an understanding of the alcohol industry from a regulatory and business (retailing) perspective.
  • Change leadership - Leads successful change initiatives by listening and engaging others, creating a roadmap to the future, and cascading communications that reinforce change objectives to all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship building - Uses interpersonal and communication skills to create relationships and build credibility.
  • Talent management - Develops and cultivates talent, engages and coaches employees, and fosters an organizational culture that aligns employee and team performance with-strategic goals and objectives.
  • Results-driven - Shows initiative, sets achievable goals, and is accountable for measuring performance against results.
  • Critical thinker - Questions conventional views, imagines and explores options, and learns by reflection.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control does not provide sponsorship. We are an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political, veteran status or disability. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. ABC will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of accommodation in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.

Cover letters and resumes must be submitted online at no later than November 22, 2017.


Posted October 27, 2017

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