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Colorado Governmental Affairs Manager or Senior Manager

Location: Denver, CO, United States
Job ID: 34986
Date Posted: Nov 6, 2023
Salary: $90250 to $148750 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Lead the governmental affairs public policy, political and legislative strategies in assigned areas and business lines of Black Hills Energy, a natural gas and electric provider in eight states. Represent company’s interests before the Colorado state legislature, state officials, congressional delegation, and industry associations; inform business unit and corporate management and employees of key legislative, political and public policy issues; develop and maintain constructive working relationships with elected and appointed state leaders and key stakeholders in the state.

SALARY RANGE: Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

Manager: $90,250 - $148,750

Senior Manager: $108,200 – $178,650

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Director, Governmental Affairs 

LOCATION: Denver, Colorado

  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process. 


  • Serve the governmental affairs needs of the business unit in the designated jurisdiction and the company, under the Director of Governmental Affairs.
  • Develop and execute public policy, legislative and political strategies to advance Black Hills Energy’s business goals and objectives, including continued customer access to safe, reliable and cost-effective energy.
  • Monitor and analyze state and assigned federal legislation and public policy impacting Black Hills Energy and its customers; advise and inform Company officials of issues and positions. 
  • Inform and influence elected officials to support Company positions, including through oral testimony before legislative committees, written and interpersonal communication.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with state elected and key appointed officials and staff, including Governor, state legislators, congressional delegation and local officials.
  • Build respected working partnerships with allies, associations, and other stakeholder organizations, including to develop and pass legislation in line with Black Hills Energy’s priorities.
  • Develop and maintain position papers on designated issues impacting Black Hills Energy at the state and enterprise levels.
  • Create and support strategies to engage employees in policy and legislative issues, including Black Hills Energy’s Political Action Committee.
  • Lead, manage and support departmental programs and initiatives as assigned, including enterprise and business unit level internal cross-functional teams focused on public policy and legislative solutions at state and federal levels.


  • Manage and support other projects as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively with internal partners to strengthen the Black Hills Energy’s brand and reputation with customers and other external stakeholders. 



  • Minimum of (5) five years of professional experience in governmental affairs, legislative, public policy or public administration, political campaigns, communications, or public relations. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Political Science/Government, Public Policy, Public Affairs, Public Relations or related degree. 

Senior Manager:

  • Minimum of (7) seven years of professional experience in governmental affairs, legislative, public policy or public administration, public affairs, political campaigns, communications, or public relations. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Political Science/Government, Public Policy, Public Affairs, Public Relations or related degree. 


  • Knowledge of electric and natural gas utilities, energy, natural resource, environmental, and other business issues.
  • Knowledge of state legislative processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of congressional legislative policy and processes. 
  • Knowledge of political processes and people, issue advocacy and public affairs. 
  • Ability to develop constructive working relationships with external partners.
  • Personal drive, creativity, and initiative to create opportunities to influence public policy.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, interpret and communicate in concise, clear and actionable formats (including presentations, formal written documents and informal communication).
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to providing exceptional, timely and quality service to internal and external customers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and persuasion skills.
  • Flexibility to travel regularly among Black Hills’ service territory locations within the state and out of state as needed.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package!  Annual discretionary bonuses, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off benefits, including paid holidays and parental leave, company paid life insurance and disability benefits (short and long term), an employee assistance program and well-being benefits, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.  If you require reasonable accommodation, please visit for more information.   

Wage: 90250 to 148750
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