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Manager, Government Affairs


Government Affairs Manager – Orange County and San Diego CountyResponsible for building and maintaining positive relations with local, state, and federal (limited) elected government officials, franchise authorities, and municipalities to cultivate an optimal operating environment for Cox.
  • Promotes and advances the interests of the company at the local, state and federal (limited) level to shape emerging issues and to enable CCI to operate in its markets without undue legislation, regulation, or taxation restrictions. 
  • Advocates with elected officials to shape public policy in favor of Cox.
  • May develop grass-roots campaigns to advocate Cox’s position on important issues.
  • Coaches management on tactics for maintaining good relationships with public entities and appearances before legislators
  • Remove local and state regulatory barriers through proactive strategy implementation.
  • Continually evaluates results of government relations activities, develops strategies, and adjusts activities to meet changing local conditions.
  • May manage political donation program, PAC program, and other influencing strategies.
  • Negotiates franchise agreements and renewals at the local and state level. 
  • Develops and implements tactical plans for department including priorities, objectives, and timelines to meet performance goals. 
  • May ensure timely filing of all required regulatory papers, including state franchise amendments, annual reports, 30-day notices, and data requests. 
  • Collaborate closely with Community Relations, Media Relations, Customer Relations, Marketing, Cox Media, Cox Business, Construction, Planning and other departments to ensure alignment of strategies and initiatives for maximum business benefit. 
  • May be a People Leader or a Functional Manager without direct reports; directly leverages, influences, and has on-going access to reporting/non-reporting resources to achieve results.
  • Manages alignment and consistency in people practices, management activities, and customer service delivery in an effort to achieve goals. 
  • May develop policies and procedures for department to standardize practices.
  • Analyzes market trends; coordinates and communicates with others to determine appropriate responses. 
  • Establishes and leverages strong partnerships with key departments and internal/external customers 
  • May participate in hiring decisions, employee development, budgeting, training and managing performance. Motivates and coaches others to achieve department and company goals. 
  • Works closely with local municipalities on permitting for the company, including the ability to handle escalation issues.
  • Position could include collaboration and travel to other Cox markets or corporate.
  • Position is expected to attend community events in the evening or on weekends.
  • This role will be located in both San Diego and Orange County.


  • 5+ years’ experience in related field (i.e., government or public affairs). 
  • BS/BA in related discipline may be required or advanced degree and 4+ years’ experience in related field. 
  • Ability to work in both Orange County and San Diego County

Preferred qualifications
  • Local government affairs experience and established relationships

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network.  Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising.  Cox is known for it's pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces.  More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiaryof Cox Enterprises, is available at and .

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Statement to ALL Third-Party Agencies and Similar Organizations:  Cox accepts resumes only from agencies with which we formally engage their services.  Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, Cox employees, Cox hiring manager, or send to any Cox facility.  Cox is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes.

Organization: Cox Communications, Inc.

Primary Location: US-CA-Foothill Ranch-27121 Towne Centre Dr

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: 2018-10-31