Manager, Public Affairs


About Us:

At Stericycle, we deliver solutions and drive innovations that protect the environment, people, and public health. This includes working to create a more sustainable, shared future. Our innovative solutions make a difference in people’s lives, communities, and our planet by protecting their health and well-being. Change your career. Change your world. Join Stericycle and help protect health and well-being in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way.

Position Details

Manager, Public Affairs
Northern Illinois
Bannockburn, IL

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, the Manager of Public Affairs will work to advance the interests of the Company by building support for Stericycle in the U.S. states where it operates. This role will directly advocate with stakeholders, including local and state government, civic and community organizations to influence public policy, legislation and regulations impacting the Company. This position will also collaborate with cross functional groups to align on business objectives and strategy.

Key Job Activities:

  • Lead development and implementation of a public affairs strategy including community relations, stakeholder engagement and grassroots constituent support for the Company. 
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with local and state government, civic and community organizations. 
  • Collaborate with management in the formulation of strategy and public policy positions. 
  • Create, plan to build stakeholder and influencer alliances to help the Company affect policy debates and outcomes on matters of importance to the Company. 
  • Manage planning, development, and tracking of projects and activities that affect policy debates and outcomes on matters of importance to the Company. 
  • Develop company positions on key issues including position papers, talking points, briefing documents and collateral. 
  • Provide communications and strategic campaign support on any matter requiring a coordinated political communications effort and mobilization of grassroots constituent support. 
  • Position Stericycle as a market and thought leader in regulated medical waste, compliance services, secure information and document destruction, sustainability, and other areas in relevant communication channels and with relevant third parties. 
  • Support Political Action Committee campaigns and projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preference for concentration in public policy, communications, journalism, or political science. 
  • 5+ years of experience in external affairs, public affairs, government relations, political consulting, or related experience 
  • Demonstrated experience working on external affairs, community affairs, or corporate public affairs including developing and leading issue management programs. 
  • Experience working with a highly regulated industry, i.e., healthcare, waste, transportation, energy, or finance. 
  • Ability to leverage stakeholder networks and tools to achieve business results. 
  • Highly organized and detail oriented; demonstrated project management skills. 
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.


Stericycle currently offers its employees the option to participate in a full range of benefits, including a health care program which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, an employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and sick time, a 401(k) plan, and an employee stock purchase plan. Participation in some programs requires that employees be regularly scheduled to work a minimum number of hours and/or to have fulfilled a waiting period after they begin employment with Stericycle.

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