HNTB Government Relations Director in Austin, Texas

Why Choose HNTB?

For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.


HNTB is seeking a Government Relations Director for our Central Division. This position can be based in any of the following Central Division offices including: Dallas, Austin, Houston, Kansas City or Baton Rouge.

In this position you will direct HNTB’s Central Division government relations (GR) activities and organization to achieve priorities established in the division strategic plan. This includes working closely with HNTB office leaders and their local GR consultants to develop and execute government/public affairs plans for each geography within the division. It also includes working with HNTB’s firm-wide GR personnel to support interactions with key policy makers who influence funding and programs in the infrastructure and transportation industry.

Job Summary

Directs HNTB’s government affairs activities and organization to achieve government affairs priorities established in the company strategic plan. Implements a defined process for interacting with key policy makers who influence funding and programs in the infrastructure and transportation industry. Assists and enables employees of all HNTB companies to establish and achieve government relations goals.

Essential Responsibility

  • Builds relationships with elected and appointed government officials and staff to promote the strategic plans of HNTB.

  • Assists with the development of government relations strategies and tactics to achieve HNTB business objectives.

  • Attends Government Relations functions to gain access and strengthen relationships with elected and appointed officials.

  • Provides professional writing, research support and preparation of draft technical documents on relevant legislative issues as required.

  • Collaborates in the development of HNTB messages to government officials, the press and public.

  • Drafts legislative updates, fact sheets, newsletter articles, and testimony related to HNTB’s government relations priorities.

  • Assists in establishing priorities for the use of the HNTB PAC and managing the expenditure of PAC funds.

  • Assists local offices in the hiring and management of local government relations firms.

  • Assists in government relations training of HNTB staff including best practices and legal/ethics compliance.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Builds relationships and helps others build relationships with elected and appointed government officials and staff to advance the strategic plans and promote the interests of HNTB.

  • Assists in establishing priorities for the use of the HNTB PAC, manages the expenditure of PAC funds within the division, and supports compliance with state/local regulations and agency-level rules and requirements.

  • Works with HNTB Office of Compliance and outside counsel to ensure all GR activity is conducted in accordance with the law in all jurisdictions.

Basic Qualification

Bachelor's degree

10 years related experience working with elected officials or on political campaigns

Preferred Qualification/Skills

Leadership experience in government relations for a corporation, infrastructure advocacy organization or transportation agency

Knowledge of federal, state and local political process

General Work Conditions

Office Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.

HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.

HNTB Job Title Government Relations Director

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Category Administrative & Office Support Services