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Area Manager - Community and Local Gov Affairs

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

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Sales & Business Development
Greeley, CO, USA · Greeley, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

This position is responsible to manage effective working relationships with our communities, counties, and key community organizations in order to: enhance the Company's image; obtain and retain our franchise agreements; increase throughput by assisting in local economic vitality; and protect the Company's assets within the communities and geographic service territory. Scope includes all aspects of Company's business interests within the community - electric transmission and distribution operations; gas construction and operations; generation; community and economic development; and public affairs. Each CRM is assigned responsibility for between 15 and 60 retail communities, ranging from large metropolitan communities to rural townships with populations less than 100.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the local governments in the communities and territories Xcel Energy serves, working with cross-functional teams as appropriate. -Build positive relationships w/assigned communities through proactive professional contact with elected officials, community leaders, city officials and county boards. -Maintain a comprehensive understanding of local issues. Be the focal point between local government and Company operations. -Manage issues where there is real or potential conflict between Company and community position. Lead Company's decision-making process on controversial community issues. -Keep community officials informed of Company work practices, business decisions and programs which impact customers and the community. -Build customer loyalty and satisfaction by responding w/urgency to community requests and concerns. -Participate & provide leadership to cross-functional Company team on issues of state-wide concern.

  • Protect critical company business interests. Initiate, negotiate and obtain, and ensure implementation of gas and electric franchise agreements. -Understand and effectively communicate potential impacts of proposed and enacted local regulations to city officials; work within company and with city officials to achieve favorable outcomes. Keep community officials and leaders informed of critical industry issues, Company policies and emergency situations. -Facilitate process for obtaining complex permit approvals for significant distribution, transmission, substation and generation projects vital to Company. Manage the presentation of Company's testimony before local governmental units. -Monitor and deter competitive threats, i.e. municipalization, other power suppliers, other service providers, and co-generators.

  • Develop and manage community service involvement and support. -Ensure Company participation in key community-based organizations and initiatives and initiatives. -Manage Company financial support for key community organizations. -Manage discretionary contributions program for assigned area and provide input to corporate contributions program.

  • Enhance Company growth opportunities. -Provide leadership and support to state, regional and local community economic development and community development initiatives and organizations; initiating and supporting Company Economic Development projects and programs -Promote sales of Company programs/services/products. -Obtain and disseminate within Company information on relevant changes within communities; i.e., business growth or decline, demographic trends, community issues, and opportunities.

Minimum Requirements

  • College degree in related field or combination of education and work experience providing equivalent knowledge.

  • Minimum of five years work-related experience and extensive public speaking experience required.

  • Project management experience and ability to work with complex issues in a public setting required.

  • Very strong interpersonal skills are critical.

  • Demonstrated successful experience in crisis management, negotiation, and community leadership (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, politics, etc.) preferred.

  • Previous lobbying experience and understanding of Company policies, procedures, and functions preferred.

  • Must be willing to work non-traditional hours to attend city council meetings, etc.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com.


Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

Anticipated Last Date to Apply: 02/22/24

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