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Sherwin-Williams Director of Federal Government Affairs in States, United States

Title: Director of Federal Government Affairs

Location: United States-District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Job Number: 210003LH

Here, we believe there’s not one path to success, we believe in careers that grow with you. Whoever you are or wherever you come from in the world, there’s a place for you at Sherwin-Williams. We provide you with the opportunity to explore your curiosity and drive us forward. We’ll give you the space to share your strengths and we want you to show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!

Sherwin-Williams values the unique talents and abilities from all backgrounds and characteristics. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities and Protected Veterans.


  • Identifying, monitoring and evaluating US federal and state policy developments, including tracking legislation, hearings and other proceedings.
  • Analyzing proposed legislative actions to determine the potential impact on the organization and developing appropriate public policy positions at the federal and state levels.
  • Identifying and creating U.S. legislative opportunities to deliver on corporate priorities.
  • Partnering with business units and cross-functional teams to ensure alignment on policy priorities.

Government Relations and Engagement

  • Representing the Sherwin- Williams Company before government officials (Congress, Agencies, State Government) and staff.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with government representatives and regulators at the federal level.
  • Support high-level meetings between executives and key stakeholders, including congressional, regulatory, and industry association and alliance partners, to promote and advocate company’s public policy objectives.
  • Advocating for legislative and regulatory outcomes and defined public policy objectives.
  • Coordinating responses to internal and external inquiries related to government issues.
  • Represent Sherwin-Williams before relevant U.S. trade associations.

Public Affairs

  • Assisting in the development of positions and communications to support government affairs strategies, including internal and external communications, newsletters, position papers, grassroots alerts and issue briefings.
  • Creating and executing on opportunities for educating government officials on The Sherwin-Williams Company; its products, facilities, stores and research/development.
  • Supporting the development of communication strategies to effectively promote government affairs to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with national and local associations, organizations and partners with respect to public policy and legislative issues.


    1. Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public affairs, government relations, economics or related business discipline from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of experience in public policy and in-depth knowledge of government at the federal, state, and international levels is required.

    1. Preferred:
  • An advanced degree in public affairs, government relations, economics or related business discipline preferred.

  1. Required:
  • Must possess proven ability to develop, maintain relationships in a bipartisan and bicameral manner
  • Experience engaging government officials with a track record of success
  • Former experience in government.
  • Proactive, strategic thinker, strong work ethic; sound judgement, diplomacy and ethics
  • Solution-orientated, flexible and collaborative.
  • Results-driven professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

  1. Preferred:
  • Former experience representing MNC/private sector.
  • Background in chemical, environmental, tax or trade sectors.

Sherwin-Williams is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information, creed, marital status or any other consideration prohibited by law or by contract.

As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Sherwin-Williams requests state and local employment services delivery systems to provide priority referral of Protected Veterans.