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Federal Affairs Rep - Washington, DC


Washington, DC, US, 20004

Job Function:  Government Affairs
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  15787

FirstEnergy at a Glance

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [SC00]


This position is responsible for communicating and advocating for the company's positions on a wide array of issues to influential audiences including Members of Congress, federal agency officials and important business allies.  Representatives are the primary federal lobbyists for FirstEnergy and expected to influence public policies that affect the company.  They must be able to analyze legislation, rulemakings and other executive actions and develop positions and strategies with FirstEnergy's "subject-matter experts".  They are expected to maintain effective relationships with public policy decision makers (e.g. Members of Congress and Executive Branch officials) and also represent the company with important business allies and groups.  Successful representatives will be able to devise political and legislative strategies that support FirstEnergy's business.


There are a total of 2 openings.


The positions report to the VP, Federal Government Affairs and are located in Washington, D.C.


Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining positive relationships with important constituents for the company including Members of Congress, Federal Administration officials and high-profile business allies
  • Monitoring and analyzing federal legislation, rulemakings and Executive Branch actions to identify potential impacts on the company
  • Working closely with FirstEnergy "subject-matter experts" on a wide range of issues to develop positions on public policy initiatives that affect the company
  • Foreseeing political and policy issues and opportunities and developing strategies to advance the company's business objectives
  • Building coalitions of like-minded allies to advocate for the company's positions.
  • Communicating with the Federal Affairs team (and broader External Affairs) to ensure that positions and advocacy efforts are consistent and aligned
  • Representing FirstEnergy at high-level forums like EEI, coalitions of lobbyists and Congressional caucuses.
  • Presenting the company's positions before high-profile business groups and Congressional briefings
  • Influencing business groups and allies to advocate for the company's positions
  • Leading internal groups of Federal Affairs, company consultants and subject-matter experts to develop advocacy strategies on issues
  • Acting as the primary conduit with FirstEnergy’s subject-matter experts (e.g. tax, environmental, financial),
  • Analyzing legislation, proposed regulations and evolving issues with appropriate FirstEnergy experts
  • Preparing advanced communications for high-level external audiences (e.g. Members of Congress, Administration officials)
  • Representing the company before influential industry and allied groups



  • Bachelor's Degree in business, communications, technical or related discipline required.  Advanced degree preferred. 
  • Minimum 4 years relevant work experience required.  Releveant work experience will include experience deailng with elected officials and other important outside constituents.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Possess knowledge of how the federal government works (e.g. interaction between Congress, regulators and the Executive Branch)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Business acumen is critical
  • Ability to understand the company's objectives, their financial implication with the ability to communicate them to high-profile contacts
  • Ability to work flexbie work hours which could include evenings, weekends and holiddays is required 
  • Time management skills are essential
  • Ability to juggle multiple and disparate priorities and focus on urgent tasks
  • Ability  to understand and manage a wide range of issues that affect the company (e.g. tax, environmental, financial, cyber and physical security, energy markets, etc.) 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment





Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification



FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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