Executive Principal Intergovernmental Affairs

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Date: Jun 6, 2022

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

The Executive Principal, Intergovernmental Affairs, advocates and communicates SRP policy positions and is actively engaged in the development of long-term collaborative relationships with tribal communities on behalf of SRP. The Executive Principal is responsible for maintaining a large network of contacts among Arizona’s 22 federally-recognized tribes. The Executive Principal’s scope of work will include, but is not limited to, internal and external advocacy efforts, consultation on a wide variety of energy and water issues, advisement of senior management, and the development and implementation of strategies to support corporate objectives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as SRP's Tribal Liaison. Build relationships with sovereign tribal nations and native communities on behalf of SRP. Conduct tribal outreach and engagement efforts in support of company initiatives. Cultivate and maintain a large network of contacts with the 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona. Requires effectively articulating and communicating SRP's position on energy and water issues.
  • Inform and advise General Manager Staff and executive management of identified priority issues. Work with SRP business units on tribal matters and provide status and outlook updates for issues identified. Provide expertise and timely support to groups within SRP on matters that involve or impact tribes or native communities.
  • Seek and hold meetings with tribal leaders and tribal advocacy groups to represent SRP interests. Coordinate SRP involvement as needed in federal, state, local and community forums on matters related to tribal issues or interests.
  • Internal and external collaboration on SRP's key Intergovernmental Affairs issues. Work with tribes to identify common interests and work to further them when consistent with the company's overall priorities and objectives.
  • Generate applicable executive management briefing documents including Intergovernmental Affairs reports. Content should highlight key Intergovernmental Affairs activities and actions.
  • Provide leadership within industry, Tribal Nations, and National affiliated tribal organizations to promote alignment with SRP's Intergovernmental Affairs priorities.


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.


Minimum of 10-15 years of professional relevant experience with focus on tribal issues or advocacy.

Additional Information

Master's degree from an accredited institution preferred.

Certificate in Tribal Relations or equivalent.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of Arizona tribal nations, their history and governance and their current priorities and challenges; experience working with tribal nations and their members; experience in government relations, policy and/or developing strategic engagement plans; experience in coalition building with diverse interests to advance policy priorities; and an understanding of utility water and power issues.



Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 14414



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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