Vice President, Legislative Affairs

06 Jul, 2021


Vice President, Legislative Affairs

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Arlington, VA

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

•  Top Workplace by the Washington Post
•  100 Best Places to Work – ComputerWorld Magazine
•  50 Best Places to Work – The Washingtonian
•  CARE Award Recipient – Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
•  Best Place to Work Award Recipient – Lincoln, NE
•  Gold Well Workplace – Wellness Councils of America
•  State of NE Governor’s Wellness Award – Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data

Vice President, Legislative Affairs E.1

Position Summary:  
Responsible for leading and directing NRECA’s Legislative Affairs programs, which advocate for electric cooperatives interests before the U.S. Congress.  This role develops and implements the Association’s legislative advocacy strategy by leading a team of professional lobbyists focused on achieving positive public policy outcomes.  In addition, this role provides management for all aspects of NRECA’s Congressional advocacy to include: unit operations; strategic planning; and tactical execution of advocacy efforts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
• Develops and guides the strategic direction of the legislative advocacy programs on behalf of America’s electric cooperatives.
• Provides leadership, coaching and management of the Legislative Affairs unit.
• Ensures alignment of legislative affairs program with NRECA advocacy priorities and strategic plans.
• Serves as a senior legislative advocate, representing the interests of America’s electric cooperatives before Congress
• Assesses and prioritizes competing legislative priorities.
• Monitors existing and emerging legislative, policy and political matters and their potential impact on electric cooperatives.
• Coordinates the strategic deployment of NRECA’s advocacy tools to positively impact legislative outcomes.
• Engages with NRECA’s members about legislative activities.  Closely coordinates with lobbyists and executives from Statewide Associations and member cooperatives on legislative activity.
• Works collaboratively with the Legislative Affairs team, other NRECA staff and NRECA member cooperatives in the development of strategies and tactics to favorably impact legislative outcomes.
• Ensures close coordination and cooperation between the Legislative Affairs unit and other Government Affairs functions, as well other NRECA departments, notably:  regulatory team, grassroots, ACRE® (NRECA’s Political Action Committee), communications, and BTS
• In coordination and collaboration with the SVP, Government Affairs, work to shape the success of NRECA’s Issue Management Teams
• Builds coalitions with other organizations and external stakeholders to leverage the Association’s capabilities and positively impact legislative outcomes.
• Manages the Legislative Affairs budget.
• Encourages the Legislative Affairs team to focus on service excellence.

Direct Reports to this Position:
Sr Legislative Affairs Director (1)Executive Assistant (1)
Legislative Affairs Director (8)

Requirements and Qualifications

Education Required:
Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, business, engineering, or related field. Law degree or graduate degree in a related field preferred.

Experience and Certifications Required:
Fifteen years experience working on Capitol Hill or in government relations with a focus on the federal legislative process.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience):
• Knowledge and understanding of Congressional rules, processes, and activities.
• Knowledge of issues important to electric cooperatives – i.e., energy, environment and rural development and other related issues.
• Ability to assess complicated political matters.
• Ability to build and sustain a high-performing team
• Ability to build and sustain strategic relationships with key internal decision makers, NRECA members, Congressional staff and external stakeholders.
• Ability to lead people and large work units with a track record of developing, motivating and delegating across a large, functionally disparate team.
• Ability to organize and manage time, multi-task, operate under pressure and prioritize projects (or work) using effective organization skills.
• Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, internally and externally.
• Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in the execution of all duties and responsibilities.
• Ability to quickly prioritize and focus staff and resources on the most critical issues.
• Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job related equipment.
• Ability to use Microsoft 360 tools (Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point, Teams) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job.
• 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.

Disclaimer Statement: 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.

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Job posted: 2021-07-06