Senior Principal, Legislative Affairs

Arlington, VA
Jun 19, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Full Time
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: 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance 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 and constantly evolving and requiring 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, veteran status or other legally protected status. The 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. SummaryDevelops, plans and executes lobbying strategies to promote and influence legislation, rules, regulations and actions favorable to rural electrification and related programs. Works to inform and persuade Members of Congress, committees and staff to shape policy outcomes.Purpose and Mission* Establishes and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, as well as Committee staff. Presents rural electric program position and views to inform and persuade Congress, key stakeholder coalitions, public interest and allied organizations including preparing and presenting written and oral testimony.* Contacts Members of Congress and their staffs, congressional committees and appropriate staff and other government officials for the purpose of obtaining and/or presenting intelligence on pending legislation which may impact electric cooperative members.* Assists in the formulation of policy resolutions that guide strategies on assigned legislative issues. Conduct advocacy efforts in accordance with policy resolutions of the Association.* 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.* Establishes and maintains relationships with member cooperatives, including statewide managers, G&T managers and distribution managers, providing legislative information and identifying opportunities to channel their active participation in NRECA legislation programs.* Leads coalitions that advance NRECA policy issues. Joins professional organizations for the purpose of establishing contacts and displaying the Association interests.* 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.Requirements and Qualifications* Bachelor's Degree* 10 years direct work experience, 5 to 7 years of Capitol Hill experience* Must possess strong political acumen. * Must have throrough understanding of the legislative process. * Must have comprehensive understanding public policy issues impacting electric cooperatives. * Must be able to articulate positions to a variety of audiences. * Must be able to interact with membership effectively. * Must be able to make effective public presentations, to membership, to allied organizations, to others. * Must be persuasive and influential. Must be able to make spot decisions on legislation and process that advance and promote NRECA legislative and political objectives. * Must be willing to work whenever Congress is in session, and must be able to manage competing deadlines and prioritize work objectives. ADA 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; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes. * 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. *LI-RS1

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