At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!


As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.


At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.


Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!


Manager of Community & Government Affairs


Elanco Animal Health is seeking an outstanding Manager of Community & Government Affairs to join this highly innovative and growing business.  The successful candidate will be responsible for leading local public affairs, stakeholder relations, and local corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagements in the Indianapolis area for Elanco Animal Health.  The director will be Elanco’s primary liaison to state and local officials, local associations, and related stakeholders in Indianapolis, Indiana. They will also be responsible for coordinating, executing, and tracking CSR engagements for Elanco in Indiana.


As Elanco prepares to move its headquarters to Indianapolis, this is a great opportunity for an established public affairs leader to actively develop impact-oriented relationships and local engagements to shape the experience around this new campus.  The director will champion CSR engagement among local Elanco colleagues and support the development of long-term relationships with key community stakeholders.  It is also expected that this role needs to identify and develop opportunities at the state and local levels to increase thought leadership on public policy priorities of Elanco.  Finally, the director is expected to protect the business’ freedom to operate and identify opportunities to grow value through the development and execution of local and state public affairs.


The responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing and implementing clear plans for state and local public affairs and corporate social responsibility (CSR) priorities of the company in Indiana.
  • Enroll key business leaders in public affairs activities and regularly update executives on local developments, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Developing community relationships and executing assigned community programs, and volunteer events.  This will include working closely with associations and community organizations to advance Elanco’s priorities for Indiana.
  • Developing strategies to attract and retain high quality enterprises in and around the new HQ and influence the development of a world-class innovation district and surrounding area.
  • In coordination with global government affairs and legal, coordinate annual priorities for Elanco’s corporate affairs team.
  • Enabling extraordinary experiences for customer and prospective employee visits to Indianapolis.
  • Identify, monitor, and influence important relevant state and local government/stakeholder developments, risks, and opportunities for Elanco.
  • Coordinating Elanco priority CSR initiatives in and around Indianapolis.
  • Training and facilitating awareness among site personnel of local public affairs developments.
  • In coordination with the global and local ESG leads, develop local priorities for Elanco’s CSR.
  • Execute public policy advocacy in a legally compliant, transparent, and ethical way.
  • Delivery of objectives within agreed budgets.


Success in the position will be measured by:

  • The ability to design and execute a consistent, local public affairs and state government affairs strategy within agreed budget and timelines.
  • The visibility provided to the Elanco business, site leads, and key functional leaders on priorities, developing issues, and progress to achieve objectives.
  • The ability to identify and deliver outcomes that improve Elanco’s operating environment – with U.S. state and local constituencies.
  • The awareness, engagement, and participation in local CSR priorities of the company.
  • The effort to identify, manage, and develop talented individuals, contractors, or address non-performance as well as effectively manage the resources provided to the office.


Minimum Qualification (education, experience and/or training, required certifications):

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent required (preferred fields: agriculture, science, business, journalism, or political science encouraged), advanced degree in law, vet medicine, or business welcomed.
  • 6+ years in local and state public affairs, government relations, communications, or similar work experience.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering public policy affairs objectives in Indianapolis, Indiana or equivalent municipalities.
  • Strong understanding of local Indiana and Indianapolis civic organizations and trade associations.
  • Exceptional and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and willingness to learn modern agriculture production practices, pet care, and/or food industry.
  • Outstanding teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizing talents with ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Proven capability of interacting with multiple levels of contacts, especially with senior officials.
  • Recognized ability to work within diverse cross-functional teams.
  • Position will require travel (approx. 5%), must have a valid passport.


Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

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