Director, Federal Affairs
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Job Function)
This position will manage the workload, direct and coordinate efforts related to Berkshire Hathaway’s federal policy efforts involving gas storage and transportation issues, including pipeline safety, siting and permitting policy, and other relevant issues. Monitor related policy developments, leads the preparation of documents, and assists in outreach to the FERC and Commission staff, members of Congress and their staff, and executive branch departments and agencies. Provides guidance on federal issues of importance to Northern Natural, Kern River Pipeline, and Gas Transmission and Storage and coordinates with these businesses, identifying key business experts and organizing their input for the purpose of responding to federal policy matters. Serve as the company’s principal staff liaison to related trade associations including the American Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association. Prepare and present company presentations to external audiences as required. Provide timely and appropriate responses to data requests as well as input to reports filed with the Commission, Congress, or executive branch agencies.
This position is also responsible for the monitoring and working in concert with operating company staff on State Government activities as requested. Assist in making determinations on political contributions and supporting the filing of appropriate reports to state accountability and ethics agencies. Also works closely with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy congressional affairs lead in communicating issues of mutual interest and monitoring federal legislation potentially affecting the interests of the company, as well as working closely with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy regulatory lead in communicating and monitoring regulatory developments. This person may be required to register as a lobbyist depending on circumstances and company interests.
Monitor and review FERC and executive branch agency actions, directives, and rules related to the gas storage and transmission business and recommend proactive strategies and responses. Coordinate with business unit experts, assuring that all responses are accurate and timely, and that there is a direct link between key business objectives and related policy positions pursued by the BHE Washington, D.C. office. Advise management of the implications of FERC proposals or actions.
Develop and maintain effective relationships and communications with related natural gas associations, non-governmental entities, and other policy and customer groups involved in engaging in pipeline and storage policy development. Serve as principle liaison to the American Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association, coordinating business expert involvement and helping to support the board participation of Berkshire Hathaway Energy business unit senior executives.
Monitor federal legislative policy and timely and accurately communicate relevant policy issues to senior management for their review and direction. Participate, as directed, in federal legislative policy discussions, hearings, studies and task forces. Proactively track legislative proposals affecting the company’s gas transmission and storage operations.
Communicate federal issues affecting the company or its policies and objectives to senior management and operating companies affected.
Relay relevant information to members of Congress and staff such as policy objectives, safety issues, and requested information.
Draft and recommend media statements and other communications materials as necessary. Keep the Senior Vice President and office personnel informed on breaking developments and key media coverage involving regulatory, legislative, and business environment developments affecting the company’s gas transmission and pipeline business.
Develops communications policy for emerging issues involving the gas transmission and storage businesses. Reviews internal communications to ensure that documents conform to the Berkshire Hathaway Energy communications and formatting guidelines. The position is responsible for providing related subject matter for inclusion in the quarterly Board of Directors’ report, as well as the monthly and quarterly goals reports and corporate reports to Berkshire Hathaway Energy senior management.
Participate in the development of corporate and departmental business plans; stay current with required company training and participate in office initiatives.
Assist with charitable giving and diversity and inclusion activities undertaken by the Washington, D.C. office.
Perform additional responsibilities as requested or assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field; or equivalent work experience. (Typically related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor’s degree.)
Advanced degree preferred.
Five plus years of related experience.
Meets requirements to register as a lobbyist at federal and state levels.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills.
Effective interpersonal skills and leadership abilities.
Effective analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Project management skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple issues and projects concurrently.
Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Job posted: 2020-12-31