Regulatory Affairs Director, Climate and Air Issues

10 Nov, 2022


Regulatory Affairs Director, Climate and Air Issues

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Arlington, VA

Job Description

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for air and climate regulatory advocacy before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other relevant federal agencies on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). NRECA is the national service organization for America’s electric cooperatives. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives constitute a unique sector of the electric utility industry and provide electricity to more than 43 million people in 47 states. This is a senior-level position that requires a strong working knowledge of the Clean Air Act and other regulatory drivers as electric cooperatives fulfill their obligation to serve their members by providing reliable and affordable electric service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage with NRECA members to develop consensus on priority needs and policy positions to include Clean Air Act, air, and climate matters.
  • 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 the regulatory and judicial activities related to area of responsibility.
  • Participates in and represents NRECA interests in coalitions with other stakeholders.

Member Education:

  • 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, NRECA Standing and other committees.
  • Contributes consistently to the NRECA outreach resources developed to keep NRECA members and NRECA staff informed about activities relating to area of responsibility.

Continuing Education

  • 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 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:
B.S. or advanced degree in engineering, science, or environmental policy, or J.D. degree with work experience in environmental compliance, policy and/or regulation.

Experience and Certifications Required:

  • Eight or more years working environmental issues, environmental regulatory advocacy, operational or technical environmental compliance issues.

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), U.S. Government regulations including the Environmental Protection Agency the Clean Air Act requirements and other related federal regulations.
  • 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

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 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.


E-Verify. As a Federal Contractor, NRECA is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. For information please click on the following link: E-Verify.

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Job posted: 2022-11-10