Legislative Affairs Director – Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency

10 Nov, 2022


Legislative Affairs Director – Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Arlington, VA

Job Description

Position Summary:
Develops, plans and executes government relations activities to promote and influence legislation, rules and actions favorable to rural electric cooperatives and related programs and issues. Works closely with Members of Congress to inform and persuade lawmakers and staff to shape and advance policy outcomes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and their staff. Presents electric cooperative positions and priorities to inform and persuade Congress, stakeholder coalitions, and allied organizations.
  • Provide analysis and feedback of pending legislation which may impact electric cooperative members. Prepare and hone messages to assist lawmakers and staff to understand NRECA’s policy priorities.
  • Develop legislation in accordance with policy resolutions of the Association. Conduct advocacy efforts in support of policy resolutions and assist in the formulation of policy resolutions that guide strategies on assigned legislative issues.
  • Prepares and hones message to assist Members of Congress and their staffs to understand the policy priorities of NRECA and the impact of policy on electric cooperative members.
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with member cooperatives, including statewide managers, G&T managers and distribution managers, providing legislative updates and guidance while channeling their active participation in NRECA’s advocacy efforts.
  • Develop and lead coalitions that advance key NRECA policy issues. Build stakeholder support and cooperation to create awareness and consensus on issues. Expand network through leadership in coalitions and professional organizations for the benefit of the Association and its members.
  • Provide legislative updates to Vice President, Legislative Affairs, NRECA management, membership and colleagues on current legislative matters. Participates in coordination of activities and timely exchange of information on current matters among Government Relations staff.
  • Assists the Vice President of Legislative Affairs with activities of the NRECA Board of Directors and its committees. Appears before the Board Committees to inform them on legislative issues.
  • Participates in and performs specific duties at the NRECA Annual Meeting and Regional Meetings as assigned, Legislative Conference and other meetings of NRECA members as appropriate.
  • Participates in meetings of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) and makes recommendations on campaign contributions to candidates for Congress and incumbent Members of Congress. Represents NRECA at fundraising events.

Direct Reports to this Position:



Formal Education Required:
Bachelor’s Degree in Government, Communications or related field.

Experience and Certifications Required:
10 years experience in government, association or private business with 5 to 7 years of Capitol Hill experience.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience):

  • Knowledge of the federal legislative process and public policy issues impacting the electric cooperative world.
  • Ability to perform and work on multiple tasks while being flexible and able to cope with changing conditions/policies/procedures in a fast-paced and sometimes intense working environment, while staying productive and maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Interpersonal skills, member service orientation and ability to work in a team environment.
  • 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 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) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job.
  • Ability 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.

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Additional Requirement:


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.

NRECA is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail humanresources@nreca.coop or call: 703-907-5992 – NRECA Arlington Human Resources. Please call 402-483-9275 – NRECA Lincoln Human Resources, for Lincoln, NE employment opportunities. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


EEO is the Law. The law requires NRECA to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination. For information regarding your legal rights and protections, please click on the following link: EEO is the Law and EEO is the Law Supplement.


Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination. NRECA will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay. Please see the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision for more information.


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Job posted: 2022-11-10