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Government Regulations: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Power Supply and Electric Power Markets
This position is responsible for identifying cross-cutting policy and regulatory issues that may impact electric cooperative power supply and resource planning decisions. The position is also responsible for monitoring trends and providing NRECA and its member cooperatives broad visibility into activities occurring in the various electric power markets. The Regulatory Affairs Director, Power Supply and Electric Power Markets is a senior-level advocacy-focused position that requires a strong working knowledge of the utility sector as well as the unique features of the electric cooperative business model. This position is an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with a deep bench of subject matter experts committed to ensuring that electric cooperatives can deliver safe, affordable, and reliable energy to the communities they serve.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Engage with NRECA members to develop consensus on priority needs and policy positions related to cross-cutting policy and regulatory issues that many impact electric cooperative power supply and resource planning decisions.
- Monitor trends and provide NRECA and its member cooperatives broad visibility into activities occurring in the various electric power markets.
- Support the strategic plan by proactive advocacy on key issues, and deploying resources allocated to area of responsibility to best meet members’ short-term and long-term needs.
- Manages outside consultants.
- Consistent with the strategic plan, and using all resources and advocacy paths available, leads and participates in all agency, court, media, and other policy advocacy relating to area of responsibility.
- Personally advocate and negotiate technical and substantive issues directly with appropriate policy makers and staff.
- Builds and maintains relationships in the policy community and industry in order to enhance own and NRECA’s reputation, access, and advocacy efforts.
- Advocate NRECA positions through regular engagement, including developing and presenting testimony and developing and submitting comments, on regulatory activities related to area of responsibility.
- Participates in and represents NRECA interests in coalitions with other stakeholders.
- Responsible for informing and educating members about issues arising in area of responsibility to help them meet their regulatory obligations and adjust their business activities consistent with industry and policy trends.
- Provides input on agendas, attends, and participates in Annual, Regional, and other NRECA meetings as appropriate, and provides advice and consultation to the NRECA Board.
- Contributes consistently to the NRECA outreach resources developed to keep NRECA members and staff informed about activities relating to area of responsibility.
- Possesses specialized depth and/or breath of expertise pertaining to area of responsibility and has broad knowledge of other regulatory issues.
- Builds in-depth knowledge about the members’ business needs, policy positions, and internal politics.
- Works continuously to maintain, enhance, and expand knowledge of membership and area of responsibility.
- Builds nationally recognized expertise relating to area of responsibility and works continuously to maintain, enhance, and expand that expertise.
Coordination and Communication:
- Leads project teams to achieve milestones and objectives for projects with notable risk and complexity, includes developing the strategy for project execution.
- Communicates complex ideas, anticipates potential objections, and negotiates with others, often at internal and external senior levels, to influence decisions.
- Works closely with colleagues in Government Relations, Communications, Business and Technologies Strategies and others on an enterprise-wide basis, to enhance efforts on responsibilities 1-3 and to support others’ efforts on related issues.
- Keeps NRECA leadership and management and NRECA membership informed on issues relating to area of responsibility.
- Other duties as assigned.
Direct Reports to this Position:
Environmental Counsel (1)
Sr. Principal, Environmental Policy (3)
Environmental Policy Representative (1)
Administrative Assistant (1)
Formal Education Required:
Bachelor’s; or advanced degree with work experience in the utility sector and/or energy policy.
Experience and Certifications Required:
Eight or more years working in the utility sector and/or on energy policy.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience):
- Knowledge of the electric utility industry (and electric cooperatives in particular), federal agency policy making and regulatory processes.
- Must have experience within or practicing before the agency or agencies relating to area of responsibility.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, regulatory agencies, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner to include developing comment packages to regulatory agencies, testimony and briefing papers.
- Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels throughout organization and with outside groups.
- Must be able to think strategically and creatively to achieve advocacy goals for the members.
- Must be able to work in a collaborative environment to build consensus and gain agreement on a plan of action.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job as demonstrated by prior work experience.
- Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job related equipment as demonstrated by prior work experience
The preceding job description has been written to reflect management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.
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Job posted: 2022-11-10