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Vice President, Government Affairs
Title:Vice President, Government Affairs
Subsidiary:Liberty Utilities
Department:Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Location:Downey, CA
Country:United States
Zip/Postal Code:96148

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.
The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

Location: This position may be located in United States locations or Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


We are looking for an ambitious business leader to be responsible for the development of governmental policies and strategies for the company. You will lead US state federal as well as Canadian provincial government affairs projects and collaborate with internal teams to meet objectives for governmental relations. Utilizing your process knowledge and negotiation skills with departments to facilitate success and interact with senior management to share outcomes.


  • Establishing governmental affair strategies in collaboration with internal and external groups to compliment and facilitate the business strategies of the Company.
  • Help organize, facilitate and report on governmental affairs issues related to the Company’s business.
  • Collaborate on the resolution of technical, interpersonal and political conflict through effective issues management.
  • Work with corporate functions and business units to develop and advocate dedicated policy positions and execute corrective legislative and regulatory strategies.
  • Assist with the leadership, serving as a spokesperson, ambassador and facilitator for governmental affairs both internally and externally. Acts as a company contact for governmental affairs issues.
  • Develop local, Municipal, Provincial, State and Federal governmental relations strategies and programs for education, promotion and lobbying efforts with elected officials, senior management and other business and community leaders.
  • Foster and sustain relationships with federal elected officials, administration, and industry peers.
  • Develop and uphold a solid rapport with regulators, relevant NGO’s, International governments and national aboriginal organizations.
  • Identify and lead contract lobbyists at both the state and federal levels. Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal partners to garner an understanding of their needs and ensure the outcomes they expect occur.
  • Lead a high performing team of qualified external affairs authorities; providing leadership and oversight, and development mentorship to internal subordinates.

Year one critical success factors

  • Craft and implement a three year governmental affairs roadmap for the business, particularly within the Canadian region.
  • Establish credibility with government officials whether they be provincial, state or federal, while at the same time drive the company’s Government Relations function towards meeting strategic plan objectives.
  • Develop a strong partnership and working relationship with the executive leadership team and other internal business partners.
  • Evaluate pending legislation which may have impact on the company. Develop recommendations and prepare timely communications for senior management and key business leaders.
  • Contribute to the building of Liberty’s reputation/profile and trust with the community.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Political Science, Business, Journalism, Communications or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 10-15 years of experience, preferably in a heavily regulated industry
  • Ability to work in a complex global, multi-cultural and matrix organization.
  • Strong leadership competencies including experience mentoring and developing talent.
  • Public policy and process authority, whether from a political, governmental and/or civil society Strong impact, Influence, and execution skills.
  • Extraordinarily analytical skills. Most problems will contain greater than normal ambiguity representing essential elements of both the internal customer and external environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition consultant.

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