Director, External Affairs

Director, External Affairs

Turner Staffing Group is partnered with a dynamic, fast-growing, global mining company that is seeking a Director, External Affairs to support our Copper World and Mason Projects. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, United States Business Unit, the Director, External Affairs will be leading the organization’s public relations and government relations (US federal, state, and local).

This role will be located at the regional head office in Tucson, Arizona, and will be required to travel locally as well as internationally, to other business units and the Toronto Corporate office.


Government Affairs

  • Oversee all governmental affairs work related to the Copper World and Mason Projects including federal legislative and regulatory matters, state legislative and regulatory matters, and County and City agenda items, resolutions, etc.
  • Direct the work of contracted lobbyists to monitor state and federal legislative proposals and support/oppose proposed legislation as appropriate based on impacts to the Project.
  • Lead creation and implementation of strategies for government relations in furtherance of advancing the Copper World and Mason Projects. Advise senior leadership team on outreach and activities.
  • Represent the organization at public meetings, hearings, and other events, as appropriate.
  • Lead the implementation of a forward-looking and highly effective US federal, state, and local government relations strategy.
  • Serve as primary lead on advocating for issues before the legislature, state agencies, and the Governor’s office in collaboration with department team.
  • Develop materials in support of Copper World’s government relations agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  • Perform research and data mining to evaluate issues on the federal, state, or local level that may impact the industry.
  • Work closely with senior staff to advance strategic priorities, anticipate issues, respond to opportunities, identify project needs, build strong relationships with stakeholders, and manage deadlines.
  • Ensure effective corporate governance through the implementation of company policies and procedures.

Communications / Public Relations Duties:

  • Develop and implement communications policy, strategy, and tactics for the Copper World and Mason Projects, in coordination with the communications team and consistent with the organization’s Strategic Plan regarding communications.
  • Prepare statements and responses to media inquiries on the Copper World and Mason Project for approval by VP USBU.
  • Use existing social media channels to distribute content supportive of the Copper World and Mason Projects; ensure that the organization has a strong and active presence on social media platforms as well as all traditional communication and marketing platforms.
  • Ensure that the advocacy and other work of the organization is appropriately communicated, both internally and externally, achieving organizational goals.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community organizations and leaders and respond to questions and complaints from community members and neighbors.
  • Allocate community giving budget between association memberships, event sponsorships, scholarships, and other donations; track and document charitable contributions.
  • Evaluate yearly contributions and community impact.
  • Gather and organize data for Sustainability reporting.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in government affairs, public relations, law, communications or related field.
  • Ten (10) years of experience working in a strategic communications or external affairs role in a large mission-driven organization, government agency, or environment of similar size and complexity.
  • Three (3) years leading and supervising direct report staff.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, as well as being flexible and adaptable to fast-changing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to influence and drive change across diverse stakeholders.


  • Master’s degree in communications or public relations.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Other Requirements:
Physical – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities may be required for this position.

Work Environment – The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment will necessitate work near moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions such as hot and/or dry conditions. Work will be conducted in locations where noise, fumes, dust, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration may exist.
Employee will be expected to drive a company vehicle, rental vehicle, and/or his/her own vehicle in the course of performing the job. Employee must be able to perform the physical functions of operating a motor vehicle, including the use of eyes, ears, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Employee must be able to prove that he/she has a current and valid driver’s license.

Miscellaneous – This company is an Equal Opportunity employer that offers a variety of medical and wellness benefits, 401(k), growth potential, and the opportunity to join the company at an exciting phase of the project. Candidates may be required to undergo educational and criminal background checks. Chosen candidates will be required to successfully pass a physical and drug screening.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online. Resumes may be downloaded online as well.

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