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Director, Regulatory Affairs

Apollo Beach, FL

Verano Holdings Corp, one of the U.S. cannabis industry’s leading companies based on historical revenue, geographic scope and brand performance, is a vertically integrated, multi-state operator embracing a mission of saying Yes to plant progress and the bold exploration of cannabis.


Verano offers a superior cannabis shopping experience in medical and adult use markets under the Zen Leaf™ and MÜV™ dispensary banners and produces a comprehensive suite of high-quality, regulated cannabis products sold under its diverse portfolio of trusted consumer brands including Verano™, MÜV™, Savvy™, BITS™, Encore™, and Avexia™. Verano’s active operations span 13 U.S. states, comprised of 14 production facilities with over 1,000,000 square feet of cultivation capacity.


This role, which reports to the company’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Strategy & Government Affairs, focuses on public and regulatory affairs at the state and local level across our national footprint.


This position will work cross-functionally with the compliance, legal, corporate communications, investor relations, finance, operations, and marketing departments to understand the company’s global public and regulatory affairs goals.


Qualified individuals will demonstrate several years of high-level experience in state and local government relations, with a specific background in advocacy, policy formulation, and public strategy in a highly regulated industry.

 

A demonstrated track record in publicly advocating for legislation and local zoning, leading policy initiatives through trade associations and lobbying efforts, and overseeing public relations for national organizations in a highly regulated industry is required.


The ideal candidate must have strong organizational skills, be able to work collaboratively to oversee multiple projects at once and use analytical skills to solve complex problems under rigorous timelines. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and manage the company’s public affairs and outreach strategy to bolster organizational reputation and brand integrity across our national footprint.
  • Build and maintain relationships with state and local elected officials, regulatory bodies, municipal boards, business leaders, and other community and industry stakeholders in Verano’s current and future markets.
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson in local public hearings for both current and future markets.
  • Coordinate with internal company stakeholders and departments to ensure unified messaging and organizational objectives.
  • Proactively monitor changes to applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances at the state and municipal levels.
  • Work closely with the government affairs, licensing, and corporate strategy teams to identify and pursue market expansion and other commercial growth opportunities for the company in current and future markets.
  • Support the company’s social equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts and effectively communicate the same to both state and local regulators and community stakeholders. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Juris Doctorate or master’s degree in public policy or related field preferred.
  • A minimum 5-7 years’ progressive public and regulatory affairs experience in highly regulated industry preferred.
  • Specific experience in the cannabis industry is a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to regularly travel to venues throughout the U.S. required.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We place priority in an environment of inclusion, diversity and social justice and are committed to securing a better, brighter way forward for our employees, our markets, and our communities.  

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