Director of Government Affairs

Washington, DC

Radiant Industries is an El Segundo, CA-based startup developing Kaleidos, a portable, containerized nuclear microreactor. Portable nuclear power with rapid deploy capability can replace diesel generators used today to provide critical asset support for hospitals, datacenters, and military bases or to power microgrids at remote sites. Radiant’s unique yet practical approach to nuclear development utilizes modern software engineering to rapidly achieve safe, factory-constructable microreactors leveraging existing, well-qualified materials. Radiant is on a fast track to demonstrate the first fueled operation of a new commercial nuclear reactor design, just four years from now. 

Radiant is seeking a Director of Government Affairs who enjoys the fast-paced, creative environment of startup and is passionate about the role of nuclear power in providing reliable zero-carbon energy for small-scale grids. The Director of Government Affairs position owns all Government Affairs activities and manages related consultants for Radiant at the federal and state levels 

Responsibilities & Duties 

At the Federal level: 

  • Develop meaningful relationships with policymakers at the legislative and executive branch levels, specifically with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD)   

  • Acquire adequate corporate knowledge of Radiant and the microreactor industry to facilitate discussions with key policymakers  

  • Monitor appropriations process, including executive agencies, with a focus on creating funding opportunities for DOE and DOD 

  • Analyze and contribute to legislative proposals, attend and analyze hearings, and develop/promote policy positions  

  • Monitor and analyze federal budgets for executive agencies that affect Radiant 

  • Provide strategic summaries to Radiant’s CEO on a routine basis 

  • Work directly with nuclear energy NGOs and trade associations on policy and funding topics  

  • Support and attend industry-related social events on behalf of Radiant 

  • Facilitate in-person visits between Radiant leadership and federal stakeholders in the Washington, DC metro area as well as other locations 

  • Identify ideal engagement events (e.g., conferences, speaking opportunities) for Radiant leadership to reach key policymakers 

At the State Level: 

  • Manage state consultants to develop strategies for lobbying in key states where Radiant has opportunities for siting a reactor or a future production facility 

  • Build relationships with state legislators, Governor’s offices and departments, local government, prospective customers, and tribal communities on behalf of Radiant 


Required Qualifications & Skills  

  • Bachelor’s degree 

  • 5+ years of professional experience working on legislative matters for one or more of the following: a private company, a congressional office, a federal agency involved in nuclear energy, and/or the DOD 

  • Ability to travel and attend in-person meetings  

  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends, as needed 

  • Ability to attend political and industry events on behalf of Radiant 

Desired Qualifications & Skills 

  • Direct experience with appropriations and budget planning and development 

  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills 

  • Advanced degree (MA, JD, PhD) in science, policy, or political science 

  • Experience working on issues directly related to DOD or the DOE 

  • Knowledge or work experience in nuclear technology  

  • Knowledge of U.S. federal contracting and acquisition practices 

  • Direct experience in achieving definitive legislative outcomes 

  • Passion for nuclear energy and/or microreactors, and the role of nuclear power in providing carbon-free and continuous energy 

  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems, be self-motivated, and start initiatives from scratch 

  • Demonstrated ability to forge coalitions and partnerships with other leaders in nuclear industry  

  • Demonstrated ability work with a technical team to take complex information and simplify it for non-technical audiences  

  • Familiarity with and/or experience in western US states, including but not limited to Alaska, Idaho, and Utah  


Stock: Substantial incentive stock plan for all salaried employees 

Medical: 100% up to base silver level plan for employee + 50% dependents, offers up to Platinum plans. 

Vision: 100% coverage + 50% for dependents 

Dental: 100% coverage, orthodontia extra, 50% for dependents 

Voluntary Life, Accident, Hospital, Critical Illness, Commuter and FSA are offered as employee contributed benefits. 

Vacation/Sick time