AlticeUSA/CSC Holdings

  • Vice President, Government Affairs

    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/6/2018 12:12 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Area of Interest
    Government Relations
    Business Unit
    Position Type
    Job Location : Location
    US-NY-Long Island City
  • Overview

    Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million Residential and Business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.

    From high-speed broadband and ultra-HD video, to digital advertising solutions, local news and voice offerings, we are making connections possible around the country -- to businesses, to consumers, to communities, to schools, to hospitals, and everyone in between.



    The Vice President, Government Affairs is responsible for managing the state, local and federal government, legislative, regulatory, and franchising affairs for Altice USA’s video, broadband, voice, and wireless services across our states. This requires developing and executing complex and multi-dimensional strategies involving legislative, regulatory, and general governmental elements in support of business goals.


    A key role in this portfolio is ensuring that relationships with local, state, and federal officials and staff are developed given the importance of these relationships to achieving the company’s objectives. This position also focuses on enhancing relationships with the Congressional delegation and the members’ local staff in the districts they represent.


    This position collaborates with the Vice President, Political & Public Affairs to strategically use the public affairs programs to build governmental relationships that support and enhance the company’s objectives. In addition, this position will collaborate with the VP, Political & Public Affairs to develop and execute a strategic plan for making political contributions to local, state, and federal public officials.


    To achieve these duties, this position manages a team and directs the work of various government and legal consultants. This position is responsible for the development and execution of the department budget across Altice USA’s government affairs operating regions.


    Government Affairs:


    • Develops and maintains relationships with the Governor’s offices, the state regulatory agencies and other state and local agencies, members of the state legislatures (including leadership and key committee chairs) and legislative staff members, congressional delegations, all local governments, including the New York City Council, the New York City Mayor and other citywide elected officials, county executives and legislators, and their staff and municipal officials in its service area.


    • Managing the government affairs portfolio involves strategic use of public affairs, execution and development of political giving and managing the staff that oversees each region. This also includes supervision of the company’s political consulting team.


    • Design an annual political contribution plan targeting key members of Congress. Attend fundraisers in honor of relevant members of Congress to build and deepen relationships with them and their staff.




    Legislative & Regulatory Affairs:


    Manages all state, local, and federal legislative and regulatory advocacy and compliance. This includes strategic planning and direct day-to-day engagement in all aspects of legislative and regulatory proceedings in support of (all content) video, broadband, voice, and wireless services. These efforts seek to achieve a better governmental environment for the company’s products and services and protect the company’s interest in all state and local jurisdictions where Altice USA operates.

    Setting and implementing the company’s direct advocacy efforts at the FCC.  Collaborating with consultants and Altice USA’s internal team to strengthen the company’s regulatory advocacy, develop and execute effective outreach strategy, and develop relationships with third party entities that will be influential in the regulatory process.


    Meeting regularly with Congressional and FCC staff to educate and advocate on the company’s behalf.  Working closely with our legislative and regulatory consultants to implement strategic priorities. Extensive expertise in telecommunications and technology issues impacting Altice USA – including targeted advertising and privacy law, universal service, copyright law, competition policy, data       


    Setting and implementing the company’s direct advocacy efforts in Congress, particularly on issues related to cable and media/telecommunications regulation.  Collaborating with consultants and Altice USA’s internal team to strengthen the company’s legislative advocacy, develop and execute effective outreach strategy, and develop relationships with third party entities that will be influential in the legislative process.            


    Franchising & Local Issues:

    This position is responsible for ensuring the renewal and maintenance of franchises and local communities. This role includes management of resulting audits from the local franchising work as well as securing approvals for Business Services to expand its businesses outside the Altice USA footprint.


    Business Support:

    • This position secures government support for business opportunities, such as tax incentives for facilities investment and approvals for WiFi equipment to support WiFi deployment, as well as zoning permits for facilities projects.
    • Work with multiple departments to develop and manage outreach strategy. This includes coordination of strategic policy initiatives with our trade association (the National Cable and Telecommunications Association) and the Washington D.C. offices of other telecommunications and media companies.


    Public Affairs:

    Responsible for developing the strategic targets for execution of public affairs initiatives to advance the company’s image and relationships with public officials.  This position also collaborates with News 12 to maximize public affairs opportunities for the company overall.


    • Design an annual political contribution plan targeting key members of Congress. Attend fundraisers in honor of relevant members of Congress to build and deepen relationships with them and their staff.



    The successful candidate will have a minimum of 15 years’ experience as multi-state government affairs executive with a major telecommunications/cable/media company, senior level State or local policy advisor, or as a senior public servant in a State Government department or agency. Deep functional experience in government and public affairs, with proven relationships and coalition building skills, is essential.


    The individual must be capable of understanding the substantive policy issues of the cable industry with which Altice USA is associated as well as the business issues affecting the enterprise. S/He must have an appreciation and sensitivity to working within the context of a multifaceted organization.


    The successful candidate must have/be:

    • An ability to anticipate emerging state government, public or community/social issues of importance to the cable/media industry and to position the company effectively to handle such issues in all aspects.
    • Capable of creating and communicating a vision, both internally and externally, of the future of the company and its differentiation versus peers.
    • Team building skills, including ability to work effectively with colleagues that are not direct reports.
    • Leadership skills, including ability to advance company interests in venues that require consensus building.
    • Flexibility and creativity in problem solving, particularly in negotiations with government officials and agencies.
    • An ability to build and maintain relationships with state and local government officials.
    • An ability to analyze and understand business impact of proposed legislation and regulations at state and local level.
    • A strong working knowledge of state and local regulatory, legislative and franchising processes.
    • An ability to plan and execute public affairs activities including events involving public officials.
    • Experience developing and executing complex political strategies.
    • An ability to develop budgets and oversee their execution.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.



    An undergraduate degree is required. A law degree or equivalent graduate level degree is strongly preferred.


    Altice USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds regardless of gender, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.  


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