DuPont Government Affairs Manager in Washington DC, United States

Government Affairs Manager (Job Number: 196983W-02)


The Government Affairs Manager helps to develop and execute the U.S. federal advocacy agenda for the DuPont Specialty Products Division and its five businesses: Nutrition and Health, Safety and Construction, Electronics and Imaging, Industrial Biosciences and Transportation and Advanced Polymers. At present, these businesses represent a combined $21+ billion in revenue each year and are dedicated to a diversity of products and markets including but not limited to: food and feed applications and ingredients, biobased materials and fuels, photovoltaics, display and printing technologies, industrial air emission technologies, safety equipment and apparel, construction applications and surfaces, and home and personal care applications.

Key Responsibilities

Based in our Washington, D.C. office, this position will be responsible for developing and executing the U.S. Federal Government Affairs strategy for the Specialty Products Division with a focus on legislation and regulation impacting industrial facilities, chemical products, food, energy efficiency and climate change. At a minimum, the position will be responsible for:

  • A thorough understanding of the business interests and goals of the Specialty Products Division to drive the organization’s strategic advocacy agenda that fosters growth and commercialization of the Specialty Products portfolio.

  • Representing the Specialty Products Division with U.S. policymakers at all level of government.

  • Advocating the strategic agenda directly and indirectly to the legislative and executive branches of government, trade associations and other stakeholders as applicable.

  • Translating business objectives and highly technical issues into messaging appropriate for advancing strategies with policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Developing a network of high quality relationships with senior leaders and staff in the businesses.These relationships should serve as a means of communicating with the businesses about Government Affairs work and activity, staying current on business activity and developments and partnering to advance the company’s policy agenda.

  • Developing and fostering strong working relationships with key policymakers to advocate for and support the Specialty Product Divisions business interests.Key targets for strategic relationships include staff and leadership at EPA, DOE, USDA, FDA, academic institutions and NGOs.

  • Representing the company’s interests in trade associations and promoting others in the company to engage with industry organizations to support our advocacy objectives.

  • Supporting the development and execution of the company’s political engagement strategy through the PAC.

  • Leveraging opportunities to raise the Specialty Products Division’s profile by participating in panels, giving presentations and offering facility meetings and tours.

  • Staffing business and corporate leadership and staff with the Administration, Congress and in other meetings.


We are searching for a candidate who possesses the following qualities:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Economics or related fields is required. An advanced degree is desired.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in external affairs, public policy or government relations is required.Experience with policy issues such as food, chemicals, air quality, agriculture, energy, biofuels and biochemicals is desired.

  • A clear understanding of the executive and legislative branches of government and an ability to develop and execute strategies to engage with government officials and their staff with the goal to achieve the most favorable public policy developments and/or outcomes to support growth for the Specialty Products Division

  • Leadership skills with the capability to motivate diverse and intercultural teams in a challenging political and regulatory environment

  • Experience in leading and serving as an advisor to cross-functional teams in a matrix organization that includes staff representing Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Product Stewardship and Regulatory and Marketing and Business Development

  • Experience interacting with leadership of EPA, USDA, FDA, NGOs and academic institutions

  • Ability to identify and leverage internal and external resources to articulate and advance business positions on select policy issues.

  • Strong knowledge of, and formal training in government ethics

  • High moral and ethical standards

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships

  • Exceptional analytical, written and oral communication skills

  • Strong aptitude for translating complex issues so that they are easily understood by non-technical audiences

  • A strong desire and experience working in a team environment


Primary Location: NA-United States-Washington DC-Washington DC

Organization: Corporate

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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