Director Government Affairs Solar

Apply now »

Date: Jun 6, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20004

Company: Corning


Requisition Number: 62684


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.


We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 


Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets. We are changing the world with: 

  • Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
  • Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
  • Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of light
  • Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
  • Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 


Scope of Position:

Corning seeks a motivated and strategic government affairs practitioner to lead federal government policy development, implementation, and advocacy in the areas of solar energy manufacturing, international trade, sustainability, and related policy issues. The Director will leverage a strong working knowledge of the federal legislative, regulatory, and political climate; have demonstrated research, policy analysis, and organization skills; and the ability to develop strategy and execute tactics to achieve results for Corning priorities. The Director will represent Corning before congressional offices, regulatory agencies, and trade associations.  This position reports to the Vice President, Global Government Affairs and is office-based in Washington, DC.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Advocacy Strategy Formulation and Execution
    • Develop, communicate, and implement strategy for advancement of Corning’s legislative and regulatory initiatives
    • Manage government affairs consultants and contractors
  • Policy Analysis and Development
    • Develop and maintain an understanding of the policy, legislative and regulatory landscape
    • Track and analyze legislative and regulatory policy developments, providing intelligence and insights
  • Relationship Management
    • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with federal elected officials and their staffs and government officials and staffs in regulatory and other agencies
    • Represent Corning in trade associations and with other key stakeholders
    • Develop coalitions to support Corning’s policy agenda as appropriate
  • Additional responsibilities:
    • Assist Corning leadership team in preparing communications and briefing materials regarding government affairs developments, including regulatory and legislative matters of interest
    • Represent Corning at external events, meetings, and conferences
    • Ensure strict compliance with applicable lobbying and political activity laws and regulations, as well as internal compliance policies


Location and Travel Requirements:

  • Washington, DC office (this is not a remote position)
  • Less than ≤15% out of town travel


Required Education and Area of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 10+ years progressive experience working in federal government affairs


Required Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Superior analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills


Desired Experience / Qualifications / Skills:

  • Solid policy and advocacy experience with solar, international trade, and related issues
  • Experience working with the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, Energy, and/or key congressional committees
  • Masters or JD preferred
  • Policy and advocacy experience in solar, manufacturing, and international trade issues; experience working on federal or state solar energy programs and policies a plus


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is $168,426.00 - $231,587.00 assuming full time status. Starting pay for the successful applicant is dependent on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education. The benefits available for this position are dependent on hours worked and may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, pension plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, and PTO.



Corning Puts YOU First! 

We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 

  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid parental leave, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals.


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. To request an accommodation, please contact us at

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

Apply now »