Manager of Government Affairs/Relations - Central Region (Hawthorne Gardening Co.)

Vancouver, Washington | Full-Time

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The Government Relations Manager will join our Corporate Affairs team, working remotely and livng in the central to southern region in the US.  You would travel often and need to be a “road warrior”, once travel normalizes again.  You will be expected to build relationships with elected and appointed officials, advocate for our company and our issues.  Looking for innovative ways to help support our business objectives and being creative with tackling complex policy issues is critical to the success of this role. 


To Thrive in this role, you must: 

  • Possess strong relationships with elected and appointed officials within the central and southeastern jurisdiction. Have developed relationships in the following states: Florida, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Louisiana. While these states are of primary importance, this position would cover all states in this area of the country.
  • Partner with the business, regulatory, legal teams, among other key internal customers, to understand and advise on the corporation’s key business strategies as they relate to the legislative arena.
  • Monitor and inform company leadership and internal customers of key state and local political and policy trends and legislative activity that could impact the business.
  • Determine the need for, and complete the preparation of, advocacy materials for pressing legislative challenges or opportunities (ex: talking points, letters of support, testimony, etc.)
  • Advise and support corporate PAC through solicitation, education for members and recommendations about candidate and campaign support.
  • Oversee state contract lobbyists in respective areas of the country and interact with important state trade associations (as needed) and other external partners (such as environmental NGOs).
  • Worked in advocacy/lobbying field, working multiple jurisdictions and with some aspect of public service and political campaign expertise. 


What makes this role Unique:

  • You will work closely with Senior Leadership and have the ability to influence and make recommendations for our company related to important policy initiatives. 
  • You will work on all policy matters related to the company’s operations. This includes legislative work related to the core business functions (Lawn and Garden) along with efforts to support the Hawthorne Gardening Company (indoor gardening).  
  • We are a Fortune 1000 company and we are a highly regulated business - the work will be challenging but exciting because you get to make a difference.  


Other Qualifications to Thrive:

  • Bachelor Degree, preferred in Political Science or a related field.
  • At least 10 years experience in advocacy/lobbying field, working multiple jurisdictions and with some aspect of public service during his or her career.  
  • Experience with quickly synthesizing and summarizing legislative activity for internal stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Experience with regulated industries is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working on legislation that pertains to state-regulated cannabis markets is preferred but not required. 


What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.
  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) 
  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)
  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).
  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.
  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.
Hawthorne Gardening Co.  (A Subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.)
Hawthorne Gardening Co. (A Subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.)
HQ: Vancouver, Washington

Hawthorne Gardening Co., is North America’s largest distributor of hydroponic products. It's The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's subsidiary for cannabis growers and one of the first major investments by a major United States corporation in the cannabis industry.

Company size: 300

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  • Career Level
  • Degree
  • Experience
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  • Attractive
  • Mid-Senior Level
  • Degree Preferred
  • 7-10 Years
  • Full-Time

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