Senior Director (Federal Government Relations – Water & Resilience)


Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Location: Washington, DC
Category: Business Development/Sales/Marketing
Job ID: GOV000002Your Impact:

Across our company, across our offices, across the world, we’re continually challenging today to reinvent tomorrow. At Jacobs, we make the world smarter, more connected, more sustainable, and more secure. Together, we’re pushing the limits of what’s possible. We stay ahead to create the new standards our future needs.

Challenging today is our response to the increasing complexity our world is experiencing.
It calls on us to join forces, putting our knowledge and imagination together to reinvent the way we solve problems and shape the next generation of innovative solutions.

Reinventing tomorrow is our promise and an invitation to raise the bar in everything we do.
From the brilliant solutions we create with our clients, to the open and inclusive culture we create for our people. From the positive difference we make in our communities, to the added value we deliver to our shareholders.

We’re invested in you and your success. What we do is more than a job, we work every day to make the world better for all. We want people who are thoughtful, collaborative, and inclusive to join our team and make a positive impact on the world.

If this excites you, apply to join our Government Relations team.  The Senior Director of Federal Government Relations position serves as the key link between Jacobs’ leadership and the federal government, specifically in the fields of environmental and infrastructure policy, as well as an expertise with federal funding.  The preferred candidate should have between seven to ten years of experience working with or for the Legislative and/or Executive branches of the federal government.  This position will require extensive analytical work tracking the federal budget, influencing legislative activity, and driving the appropriations processes as they relate to current and future Jacobs’s business needs.  Specifically, this position will focus on federal infrastructure appropriations and policies and how they impact- and fund – project and client need at both the federal and local levels.  

Responsibilities of this Role:

•    Congressional relationships are critical to this job, with a strong focus on both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. An understanding of the processes and procedures of both chambers is required and strong relationships with committee leadership members and senior staff is preferred.
•    The EPA relationship is key to the firm’s ongoing federal business, and the ideal candidate for this position should have a strong understanding of the EPA’s budget and the related Congressional authorizations and appropriations.  A robust knowledge of EPA water, sustainability, energy and climate regulations is a plus. A general understanding of EPA’s Superfund and WIFIA programs is strongly preferred. 
•    A strong candidate for the position will have an understanding of the federal budgets and programs of federal agencies with critical infrastructure programs that include Interior, FEMA (specifically the Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Hazard Mitigation, and Flood Mapping Programs), and the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program (including an understanding of the WRDA process).  
•    Finding available federal funding sources is vital to many of Jacobs’ clients.  Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and how funding flows into federal, state and local pots and understand best practices.  This position will serve as a critical connection between federal grant programs and our municipal clients nationwide, as this candidate will spend a portion of their time working directly with clients. 
•    Monitoring, analyzing, reporting and making recommendations to the Vice President for Government Relations on legislation and regulation driven by the Congress or the Administration on environmental, sustainability, water or transportation regulatory actions impacting the firm or our clients in the engineering or construction industry.  This includes climate-related regulatory activity on the federal level.
•    Update a wide variety of internal stakeholders, including senior leaders, on pressing Congressional or Administration actions that impact the company or clients.  
•    Persuasively communicating public policy strategies and messages to a wide assortment of constituencies, internal and external to the organization.
•    Establishing and maintaining relationships with a variety of elected officials, their staff, key Administration officials, thought leaders and other public policy stakeholders outside of the organization, regardless of their political affiliation.  
•    Assisting internal business development activities as necessary and developing an understanding of competitors and industry trends.
•    Represent Jacobs at external stakeholder meetings and events (such as award banquets, conferences, and dinners) when necessary.  
•    The Senior Director of Government Relations is also a key advisor to the firm’s leadership with respect to the political landscape of Washington, DC.  The preferred candidate will have a strong understanding of the political process and the ability to analyze how the process may impact the firm. 
•    Participate in the planning and execution of the Jacobs PAC, including attendance at events before and after regular business hours. 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

•    Bachelor’s degree in a technical field, political science, public policy, public administration, or business administration/management.  Advanced degree is a plus.
•    Minimum of seven to ten years combined work-related experience on Capitol Hill, in federal public policy, or in a corporate government relations environment.  
•    Relevant background in federal infrastructure policy or funding. Specialized experience in environmental, water, and/or transportation policy is a plus.
•    Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter is a must. 

Ideally you will also have:

•    Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
•    Capacity to juggle competing priorities.
•    Strong organizational and time management abilities and attention to detail.
•    Outstanding interpersonal skills.  Ability to work with staff at all levels of the corporation.
•    Team player who seeks to become an integral part of an active government relations team.
•    Willingness to travel occasionally.
•    Ability to attend events outside of traditional business hours, including before and after work and on weekends.
•    Exceptional research and analytical skills.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.