Community Relations and Local Government Affairs Principal

Number of employees

190

Devens, MA, United States

Posted on: 2023-01-24

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

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About the company:

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy. 

CFS is collaborating with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with new groundbreaking high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. 

The mission is to deploy fusion power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. 

If you are interested in joining our team, check out cfs.energy/careers for more information.

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.

CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.

​​This position will be responsible for all community relations and local government affairs at CFS. This is a new position at a high growth company that will report to the Head of Public Affairs and support the broader movement building team. It is part of a company effort to build a movement for fusion energy that will pave the way to bring clean commercial fusion energy to the world. The ideal candidate has strong experience working with communities and community members as well as a strong understanding of community relations best practices. This person also has a strong grasp of local government affairs including local government processes. 

CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.

At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

This team member will:

  • Engage directly with communities and local governments surrounding SPARC, our commercial fusion energy demonstration facility and ARC, our first fusion power plant
  • Work with the government relations team as well as consultants more broadly surrounding fusion policies, particularly focused at the local/municipal level.
  • - Develop and implement the outreach strategy surrounding community engagement and local government relations.
  • Support in the organization and implementation of community meetings and site tours for the SPARC and ARC sites, liaising with on the ground points of contact
  • Develop and implement fusion education outreach to K-12 in local schools as well as community members and local groups
  • Work with the marketing and communications team to develop and update external materials surrounding site development and progress.
  • Oversee local consultants
  • The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, public administration, political communications, or similar
  • 10+ years combined work-related experience in community relations, local government affairs, local elected office, municipal administration, or similar. 
  • Experience working in community relations with an understanding of community relations best practices.
  • A strong understanding of local government processes including experience working  directly with elected and municipal officials and experience.
  • Experience working directly with community groups, community members, and business organizations including educational outreach, organizing and hosting community meetings, and leading presentations.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to effectively relay complex information in a concise way.
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively, efficiently, prioritize workflow and meet demanding deadlines.
  • Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Related industry experience in clean energy, technology, and advanced manufacturing
  • Perform activities such as typing, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
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