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Senior Manager Community Relations and Social Performance

Rio Tinto Group
Superior, Arizona
Closing date
Sep 6, 2021

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We are looking for a Senior Manager, Community Relations and Social Performance.

The incumbent will play a key role in the stakeholder process to help support passage of project permitting efforts, and in particular managing multi-stakeholder engagement, social impacts, strategic partnerships, coordinating with communications and assisting with the mitigation and offsets. This senior role will not only lead the external affairs, communities and social performance function but play an important role on the senior leadership team supporting a range of functions to deliver a successful project which also adds considerable value to host communities and governments.

This is a great opportunity for a person to develop, implement, and manage a formal, integrated approach to local Government, Community and Social Performance that nurtures a robust social license to operate and conforms to Rio Tinto's The Way We Work.

We are an open, connected global team that includes some of the industry's best and brightest minds. We offer competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop and grow your career are broad and exciting.

Reporting to the Project Director - CSP Copper and working in a collaborative community you will be:

Actively participate as a senior leader of the Resolution Copper project working cross functionally to support project delivery.
Lead on Environment Social Governance (ESG) matters as they pertain to Resolution Copper and drive organsiational change in this area (effecting Group and Product Group strategies).
Develop and execute a thoughtful, integrated and strategic approach to external affairs and communities & Social Performance (CSP) focusing building constructive relationships, managing impacts and risks and delivering value to impacted host communities.
Design and implement a strategic engagement and communications programmes to inform and strengthen relationships with local, county, state and national level stakeholders and Native American tribes.
Ensure community activities demonstrate active partnership, mutual respect, and long-term commitment without creating dependency.
Design and / or deliver social and cultural mitigation strategies and programmes in line with schedule and budget requirements.
Create and maintain positive relations with business, trade, civic, community, and educational organizations while providing current and relevant information about our project.
Ensure project compliance with the Rio Tinto Communities and Social Performance Standard, specifically to ensure a comprehensive and rigorous approach to a social baseline assessment, social impact and risk assessment, and resulting mitigation and management strategies and ensure this information is completed in a manner consistent and in alignment with the larger project NEPA/EIS and other federal, state and county permits and approvals that will require this information.
Develop and refine company knowledge specific to community as it relates to place, culture, and relations with Indian Country.
Develop and maintain a grass roots network of local government, business, labor, education, and community leaders to promote and advance the business objectives of Resolution Copper.

What you'll bring

A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
BS degree in public policy, political science, anthropology, social science, liberal arts, business, finance or related field; advanced degrees preferred
10+ years of experience working locally with community and/or government groups including Native American leadership, organisations and / or communities in the US and Arizona.
Demonstrated ability to navigate complex and dynamic operating environments.
Deep understanding of influence and power dynamics and tensions - i.e. how impacted communities make decisions, who makes decisions, and how political and social dynamics interact.
Experience working at a grassroots level with deep understanding of community and social development aspects (i.e. in non-profit sector, or social services with local government, education, or in privately run social services).
An understanding and broad perspective of community life across most sectors of the community from the grassroots to local government officials.
Able to move innovative ideas and initiatives from conception to realisation.
Direct experience with social impact assessments and baselines preferred, but analytical and intellectual capacity to understand the logic of these exercises and the ability to manage their implementation is necessary.
Demonstrated understanding of relevant local government, community and communications issues. Skills in NGO and government liaison and agreement making a plus.
Demonstrated excellence in planning and executing high level and broad-based regional stakeholder engagement with associated analysis, mapping networks and strategies and integrating with government affairs, corporate outreach, permitting/approvals and communications programs.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.

A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
Wellbeing benefits
Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
Employee Assistance Program
Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters
Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
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