Vice President of Government Affairs

Reports to: President

General Summary: The Vice President Government Affairs is responsible for managing the advocacy work that supports the mission of Western Energy Alliance, including the promotion of demand and the protection of supply. 

  • Manages all legislative, legal and regulatory (LLR) activities of the organization.  Monitors LLR issues, analyzes of proposed actions, and determines appropriate response in conjunction with committees. The focus of the Alliance is on federal legislation and regulation, with a particular emphasis on access to public lands, but provides support on state legislative and regulatory efforts upon request from state trades and members through the committee process.
  • Manages advocacy team of staff, lobbyists, and contractors. 
  • Leads efforts to respond to policies that limit demand, restrict access to new supply, or increase the cost of development. 
  • Interfaces with external stakeholders, and engages with national, regional, and state trade associations to coordinate efforts and messaging.
  • Develops and strengthens relations with all policy makers, regional community leaders, and stakeholders relevant to the oil and gas industry in the West. The main stakeholders are:  the federal government; state and county governments; the Western Governors’ Association and other state associations; tribes; agriculture, mining, timber and other industries that share our goals and challenges; trade associations; allied organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, energy, issue advocacy and other groups; academic institutions; and free-enterprise think tanks. 
  • Directs policy analysis and research, and develops messaging and policy content pieces for communication to external stakeholders.  Provides regular communications to member companies about advocacy work.
  • Undertakes a variety of studies to support advocacy goals, including managing contract work.  Past examples include air emissions inventories, the Uinta Basin Ozone Study, Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Study, Gaining Ground, and Western Water Study. 
  • Responsible for ensuring all government affairs committees, subcommittees and task forces work properly to establish goals, positions, and strategies for policy issues.
  • Serves as treasurer of the Western Energy Alliance federal Political Action Committee and ensures compliance with FEC law. Conducts fundraising activities and develops the political giving strategy in conjunction with the PAC steering committee. 
  • Serves as the lead for Utah state affairs, including managing our state representative. Western Energy Alliance acts as the Utah trade association focused on upstream issues.


  • Fifteen years of experience in public policy, regulatory policy, government affairs, oil and natural gas, or a related field
  • Excellent communications skills are crucial; applicants must submit relevant writing samples
  • Experience interfacing with relevant stakeholders and local, state, tribal and federal officials, especially the Interior Dept. and EPA
  • Strong knowledge of public lands and regulatory issues including NEPA, ESA, Clean Air Act, Mineral Leasing Act
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

About the Alliance

Western Energy Alliance focuses on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, public lands and other policy issues. We represent the voice of the Western oil and natural gas industry in a variety of ways. We’re the experts on federal public lands access issues for the E&P industry.

Western Energy Alliance represents over 300 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. Learn more at

How to Apply

To apply, send your cover letter, resume and writing samples to