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Government Relations: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Rural Development
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Government Relations team is growing! We’re looking for policy advocates to join our talented Regulatory Affairs group focused on shaping Executive Branch decision-making. Check out this opportunity if you have expertise in rural development (USDA, Rural Utilities Service). This position offers an exciting opportunity for mission-driven individuals to work collaboratively as part of a talented team of subject matter experts on behalf of 900 electric cooperatives operating in 48 states. If you are interested in lending your expertise to this mission-driven organization, check out the following opportunity and apply today!
This position is responsible for working collaboratively as part of a team to advocate on behalf of the continuation of funding and favorable structuring of Rural Development programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This includes electric cooperative-focused advocacy before the Rural Utilities Service as it seeks to provide needed infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities. The Regulatory Affairs Director, Rural Development Programs is a senior-level position that requires a strong working knowledge of utility and/or agriculture policy and an interest in working to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents served by electric cooperatives. This position is an opportunity to join other subject matter experts in the rural development policy space to ensure electric cooperatives can execute on their mission to deliver safe, affordable, and reliable energy to those they serve at the end of the line.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Anticipates internal and/or external policy and regulatory issues and recommends strategies to improve NRECA service excellence and reduce impacts on NRECA and its members.
- Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on NRECA and its members, using conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.
- Engages with NRECA members to develop consensus on priority needs and policy positions.
- Works independently, with minimal guidance, within general functional policies and industry guidances related to area of responsibility to impact the direction and resource allocation for regulatory program, project, and services for NRECA and its members.
- Contributes to the development of a strategic plan to enable NRECA to act proactively, to get out ahead on key issues, and to focus resources relating to area of responsibility to best meet members’ short-term and long-term needs.
- Consistent with the strategic plan, and using all resources and advocacy paths available, directs and participates in all agency, court, media, and other policy advocacy relating to area of responsibility.
- Manages outside counsel and consultants, as assigned.
- Personally advocates and negotiates, with minimal guidance, technical and substantive issues directly with senior policy makers and staff.
- Builds, manages, and actively participates in various external and internal committees, subcommittees, and coalitions with other stakeholders, as assigned, to represent NRECA and its members’ interests.
- Assists with selecting witnesses and/or preparing testimony, white papers, and/or talking points, with minimal guidance, to be used during Congressional hearings, agency meetings, and other external communications by NRECA and its members.
- Builds and maintains relationships in the policy community and industry in order to enhance own and NRECA’s reputation, access, and advocacy efforts.
- Builds recognition as technical expert with NRECA and field of responsibility.
- Responsible for informing and educating members about issues arising in area of responsibility in order to help them comply with laws, regulations and/or mandatory industry standards and adjust their business activities consistent with industry and policy trends.
- Helps set the agenda for, attends, and participates in Annual, Regional, and other NRECA meetings as appropriate, and provides advice and consultation to the NRECA Board, NRECA Standing and other committees.
- Contributes consistently to the Regulatory Bulletin, the Regulatory Looking Ahead, Week Ahead, Notes, Issues to Watch, REMagazine, and all other resources that have been or may be developed to keep NRECA staff and NRECA members 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.
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, anticiaptes 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 in the building, 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:
Formal Education Required:
Juris Doctor, Master’s or other advanced degree relating to area of responsibility, or 10 years of related work experience with federal/state agencies or industry related to rural development.
Experience and Certifications Required:
- 10+ years of experience working at or with the federal and/or state agency or industry relating to Rural Development.
- 7+ years written and oral policy advocacy in formal and informal agency and stakeholder proceedings.
- Experience building and working through coalitions and through outside consultants to advance advocacy goals.
- Experience working effectively as a member of a team to bring diverse skills to advocacy efforts.
- Experience at a trade association and with electric cooperatives is preferred.
- Experience advocating on rural development issues also preferred.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience):
- Knowledge of the electric utility industry, the electric cooperative sector, and the legal framework governing the regulation of the electric utility industry.
- Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively to achieve advocacy goals of the members.
- Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment.
- Ability to effectively interact with others and work in a team environment and providing follow-up when needed.
- Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment.
- Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization.
- Ability to anticipate internal and or external business challenges and/or regulatory issues; recommends process, product or service improvements.
- Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) and to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job-related equipment.
- Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful.
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