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Sr. State Government Affairs Lobbyist

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Location: Washington, DC, United States
Date Posted: Mar 13, 2021
Closing Date: Mar 13, 2021

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Your Work Shapes the World

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure.  Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs.  Join us.


This position must be an advocate for Caterpillar’s interests on a variety of issues before state governmental entities. The position represents the company with business, industry, and trade groups in shaping and influencing public policy. The manager has responsibility for a specific region of states. The complexity of state laws and potential impact on individual Caterpillar business units as well as the enterprise requires an on-scene company advocate in state capitals. As a part of the Caterpillar Governmental Affairs team, the incumbent must:

  • Establish working relationships with respective business units to identify specific policy concerns as they relate to business objectives;

  • Represent business unit/enterprise interests before policymakers and be lead advocate for same

  • Provide advice and counsel to senior management, including the Executive Office, on high priority issues within their issue region of states;

  • Represent Caterpillar’s interests in coalitions, associations, etc., leveraging same in support of company priorities;

  • Provide first line of defense against problematic policy initiatives that may negatively impact the company;

  • Identify emerging legislative issues/policy trends which could affect corporate objectives;

  • Develop long-term relationships and enlist the support of key governmental leaders and staff in pursuit of corporate objectives;

  • Create and lead ad-hoc groups which focus on key issues;

  • Provide advice and counsel to the US State & Americas Director on political campaigns and elections,

  • Particularly in regard to any company (PAC) support or involvement;

Legislative and regulatory issues can have a positive or negative impact on the company to the magnitude of tens of millions of dollars. Incumbent is charged with affecting the legislative and regulatory outcome in a way to minimize damage/maximize benefit to the company.

The audiences this position must appeal to include: members of state legislative bodies and their staff, administration officials and respective staff, other major corporations, and trade associations. In every sense, the position encompasses “selling” Caterpillar to key policymakers. Incumbent interacts with the highest-level State policymakers. Therefore, incumbent must at all times maintain Caterpillar’s reputation for honesty, integrity and excellence.

The position manages the completion of its own work assignments and coordinates activities with the business unit client group and the US State & Americas Director. Typical internal customers include contacts in a number of Caterpillar worldwide operations, largely dependent on the issues within the manager’s portfolio. The position's primary customers are internal; its primary daily contacts are external. Roughly one-third of the incumbent’s time is meeting with external contacts; one-third is meeting with internal customers and one-third is researching legislative and regulatory issues or addressing administrative responsibilities. All activities are related to advancing the company’s legislative and regulatory agenda. The incumbent establishes and then monitors general policies and guidelines for projects under his/her control to ensure specific management goals are met and desired results are achieved.

Basic Qualifications

· 4-year degree in Political Science, Business, Communications, English, History or a Juris Doctor

· Experience in public policy at the state level and understanding of state legislative process

· Firm understanding of the political process

· Five years of governmental job-related experience

· Excellent writing skills

· Excellent oral communications skills

Additional Information

Location: Washington, DC

Travel is required

Must be willing to work evenings

Relocation is not offered

Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just an hourly wage, because we value your performance, we offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of a yearly bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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Mar 13, 2021


United States