Policy Advisor

12 May, 2020


Policy Advisor

American National Standards Institute
Washington, DC

Job Summary

API is currently seeking a Policy Advisor in the Market Development department to focus on Domestic Natural Gas Markets. The Market Development department works to remove unnecessary barriers to demand growth for U.S. natural gas. These efforts are focused on target market segments, including the domestic power, industrial and residential/commercial sectors, as well as natural gas exports (both LNG and pipeline). Recognizing the important role that infrastructure plays in expanding use of natural gas, this department also works on pipeline infrastructure policy in close coordination with other API departments.

The successful Policy Advisor will help in the development, oversight and execution of national, regional and state-based strategies designed to communicate the many benefits natural gas provides to multiple sectors of the U.S. economy. The role requires engagement with many stakeholders, including internal and external, and will encompass efforts focused on communications, government affairs (federal and state), research and education, regulatory advocacy and market sector outreach.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for helping develop and execute API’s efforts on domestic natural gas issues.
  • Contribute to the development of API policy positions pertaining to natural gas, including the use of natural gas in the power, industrial, residential and commercial sectors.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with policy makers and a broad and expanding set of other relevant stakeholders, including API member companies and other allied trade associations.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses of state energy policies, legislation, and regulations to determine the potential impact on natural gas demand.
  • Identify opportunities where API can meaningfully influence outcomes that will sustain and increase use of natural gas; establish appropriate goals for increasing domestic demand; contribute to the development of strategies to achieve those goals; and actively participate in the execution of those strategies.
  • Prepare written comments, research reports and other formal communications (e.g. presentations) focused on natural gas issues on behalf of API.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization to promote a better understanding of the use of U.S. natural gas across multiple domestic sectors. Audiences include media, the general public, and relevant stakeholders. This includes actively seeking opportunities to engage with such audiences.
  • Execute major projects and initiatives related to area of expertise, including advocacy campaigns, research efforts, and API-organized stakeholder events, as part of the implementation of an overall strategy.
  • Work with the Government Affairs Department to anticipate and identify legislative and regulatory opportunities and/or issues at the federal, state and local levels and assist with efforts to ensure consistency and alignment with overall Market Development strategy. This includes detecting issues, identifying opportunities to promote or defend API objectives, consulting with member companies, allied trades and other experts, providing policy guidance, and participating in execution where appropriate.
  • Provide updates to, and support for other API departments on priority policy or project initiatives in a timely manner, often on a rapid-response basis. Work with the Communications Department and others in API to develop core messaging around natural gas issues.
  • Participate in API committee and subcommittee meetings and work to ensure member company engagement and coordination.

Key Relationships

  • Shall exercise high level of independent judgment with minimal supervision, while cooperating with other API staff, committees and member company representatives.

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, with Master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of 7 years professional experience focused on energy issues, especially natural gas.
  • Deep understanding of North American natural gas markets and the key drivers of emerging supply and demand trends.
  • Deep understanding of the U.S. regulatory environment, including at the federal, state, local and power market (i.e., RTO/ISO) level. Proven track-record of working with such stakeholders a plus.
  • Excellent analytical, written communication, presentation and public speaking skills, with experience translating complex data into compelling narratives applicable to both general and expert audiences. Energy modeling (natural gas and power markets) experience strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel and speak publicly on behalf of the organization.
  • Ability to handle multiple issues concurrently and to prioritize while maintaining a high quality of work.
  • Ability to build new, and maintain existing, relationships with other API departments, member companies and a variety of other external stakeholders.

API is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply

Please send resume to Lisa McKenzie, McKenzieL@api.org

Job posted: 2020-05-12