Thursday, January 10, 2013
Director -Corporate & Government Affairs -- Discovery Communications
Director -Corporate & Government Affairs (7015) Discovery Communications - Silver Spring, MD (Washington D.C. Metro Area) Apply: https://careers-discovery.icims.com/jobs/7015/director--corporate-%2526-government-affairs/job Job Description Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 130-plus worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. We are seeking candidates for the position of Director -Corporate & Government Affairs in Silver Spring, MD. POSITION SUMMARY Work with department senior vice president to develop and execute public-private partnerships with officials at various levels of government. Support network initiatives where government participation is sought. Provide government outreach on various policy issues, particularly federal legislative outreach. RESPONSIBILITES 1. Establish/maintain/grow relationships with appropriate Administration (White House and department/agency) and Capitol Hill staff in order to effectively identify and act on mutually beneficial partnership opportunities. 2. Track major federal, state and local initiatives that parallel high-priority Discovery content/initiatives, research possible opportunities for joint action or partnerships, liaise internally and externally to determine feasibility of partnerships; implement resulting plans. 3. Coordinate with other members of team on partnership opportunities and policy issues as appropriate. 4. Support networks and other departments with government assistance/participation relating to production and/or local or state events as necessary. 5. Monitor/research/provide outreach – particularly regarding Capitol Hill -- with respect to policy issues affecting Discovery. 6. Other duties as assigned by SVP. Desired Skills & Experience REQUIREMENTS * Minimum of 10 years related experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, working with the federal government, particularly executive and legislative branches. * Experience in community outreach and branding initiatives. * Demonstrated ability to develop and implement short- and long-term strategies for fostering partnerships. * Demonstrated ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with government officials. * Strong verbal and written communications skills. * Must be an independent and strategic thinker who is a strong team player. * Must be flexible and willing to adapt to changing circumstances/job demands. * Must be able to garner respect and trust from peers and professional colleagues. * Media-industry background preferred. * Both government and private-sector experience preferred. * Must have the legal right to work in the United States. To be considered for this position, please visit: http://careers.discovery.com/ and where indicated, input requisition number: 7015 PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL CALL FAX OR MAIL IN RESUME **Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice. Not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. Discovery values the unique point of view each employee brings to the workplace. We strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich audiences we wish to attract and serve.** Discovery Communications and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity Employers Company Description John Hendricks launched Discovery Channel in 1985 with a mission to satisfy curiosity and make a difference in people's lives by providing the highest quality nonfiction content, services and products that entertain, engage and enlighten; and he selected the globe to represent Discovery's brand as a symbol of the company's commitment to protecting and celebrating planet Earth. In keeping with this mission, Discovery Communications is committed to being a thoughtful and responsible corporate citizen, supporting the extension of science, environmental and other educational programs in the U.S. and abroad, and promoting the value of nonfiction content and documentary filmmaking across all genres.