DuPont Government Affairs Manager in Johnston, Iowa

Government Affairs Manager (Job Number: 191865W-01)


The Agricultural Division of DowDuPont, headquartered in Willington, Delaware and with Global Business Centers in Johnston, Iowa and Indianapolis, Indiana, is a top-tier agricultural company that combines the power of science and technology to enrich the lives of those who produce and consume. The Agricultural Division of DowDuPont provides innovative technologies for crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seeds, traits, and agricultural biotechnology to serve the world's growing population.

The Agricultural Division of DowDuPont is seeking a candidate to fill a State Government and Industry Affairs Manager role located in Iowa covering a western Midwest regional territory. The manager will be aligned with the company’s world class Seeds, Traits, and Oils Platforms consisting of healthy oils, input, output and agronomic traits, as well as a dynamic crop protection product business. This role is critical to bringing these novel technologies to the marketplace in a timely manner. The manager will coordinate with the company’s business and regulatory leaders and will lead efforts on critical government policy issues in region. In addition, the role will consist of community engagement in Iowa and the Des Moines area.

Key job responsibilities for this position include:

  • Develop, lead and oversee state advocacy strategies necessary to achieve on-time product approvals and to defend freedom to operate

  • Provide proactive counsel and guidance to commercial and R&D organizations necessary to manage potential issues and to identify new opportunities

  • Actively engage government officials to reconcile potential issues, advocate for appropriate science based approaches and proactively educate on trending issues

  • Establish and maintain relationships with state regulators, legislators, policymakers and agri-business leaders

  • Network with state food chain allies, customers, and end-users to promote stewardship goals and support regulatory, commercial and product objectives

  • Identify and build local coalitions necessary to advance the company’s commercial, advocacy, policy and issue management objectives

  • Lead and implement state advocacy and government affairs strategies and influence corporate direction and success through active participation on US Government Affairs Team

  • Develop, implement and manage state level political activities aligned with legislative and regulatory policy initiatives

  • Effectively prioritize and manage local and state external engagement activities including appropriate representation of company’s interests with industry and community organizations

  • Facilitate interactions by business and functional representatives with key policy officials, including advising on testimony before legislative committees to present positions on pending legislation, regulatory proposals, and policy debates

  • Develop, lead and facilitate state grassroots and grasstops strategies aligned with key corporate objectives

  • Represent company interests at state legislative venues and with state policy and regulatory makers

  • Prepare and submit lobbying reports as required. Participate in the development and implementation of budgets for expenses related to lobbying activities, trade association memberships and political contributions


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of 8+ years of government affairs or policy advocacy experience

  • Agricultural background or experience preferred but not required

  • Existing knowledge of and network in the state of Iowa

  • Ability to analyze, assess, critically evaluate and advise diverse commercial and R&D audiences on local advocacy options to meet objectives

  • Demonstrated competency and ability to understand, distill, assimilate and communicate complex information and conclusions to diverse external audiences

  • Demonstrated experience and know-how in working with government policymakers to advocate policies and positions

  • Ability to work with and effectively lead coalitions to achieve timely results

  • Knowledge and understanding of local and state governmental processes

  • Preferred experience working for state or federal legislative body or regulatory agency

  • Strong communication and public speaking skills a must--job entails communication with diverse internal and external stakeholders (executive leadership, commercial organization, Legal, Public Affairs, Government Relations, key value chain customers, government policymakers and regulators, community relations and members of the public)

  • Candidate must have the ability to effectively prioritize competing needs, then synthesize complex issues into clear and tangible work plans

  • Candidate must be a self-starter with a bias for action who thrives on successfully working through challenging opportunities and issues to meet time-sensitive objectives and deadlines

  • The position will require travel and will vary in intensity throughout the year (<60%)

Primary Location: NA-United States-Iowa-Johnston

Organization: Corporate

Schedule: Full-time

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

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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