Director, ACRE

Arlington, VA
Jun 20, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Executive, Director
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.SummaryDirector ACRE (Action Committee for Rural Electrification) M2Position is responsible for strategically positioning NRECA/ACRE politically with Members of Congress, the national parties, and ensuring the programs soundness and credibility with our donors/membership. Ensures compliance with all Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations. Provides expert level advice to two Department Vice Presidents, administers a multi-million dollar Political Action Committee (ACRE), and serves as a senior member of the Government Relations decision making team.Purpose and Mission* Demonstrate NRECA's Management Performance Standards. Enable Achievement, Inspire the Team, and Build Relationships to create a constructive work environment and engages employees in our mission. * Direct ACRE operations; orchestrates Government Relations department functions; manages and supervises staff for day-to-day operations. * Lead approval process for all ACRE contributions and work with Government Relations senior management and CEO regarding PAC contributions.* Coordinate solicitations and expenditure of ACRE funds. Provide expertise to statewide CEOs on fundraising practices & provides political intelligence, manages contribution requests, reviews regulations and coordination of PAC contributions. * Analyze monthly ACRE financial statements for accuracy and reviews receipts and disbursements report to FEC for accuracy and timeliness. * Oversee "Meets & Greets" for candidates as well as fundraising events for Members of Congress.* Work with statewide associations/local cooperatives to initiate Consumer Owners for Political Action. * Direct ACRE staff and establishes guidelines for accuracy of day- to-day ACRE operations. * Lead planning and implementation of new programs and system changes; keeps informed of IRS and FEC rules and regulations that could adversely impact ACRE, PACE, and Good Government Golf Fund.* Oversee continuous updating of program material and works with outside vendors to create materials explaining purpose and benefits of ACRE. * Provide expert analysis to ACRE executive committee (NRECA Officers and CEO) on ACRE contributions, legislators' standing on REC issues, updates on political campaigns.* Serve as compliance officer for all ACRE related activities; must direct and update process(s) to meet FEC mandated requirements and ensure compliance by ACRE and its 16 affiliated PACs. Provide expert advice to membership on FEC compliance. * Direct planning and management of Good Government Golf Fund program. * Oversee 3 direct reportsRequirements and Qualifications* Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, Public Administration or related field; Master's preferred* 8-10 years' experience with fundraising, managing people/systems, identifying and influencing contributors in a political setting (finance campaign management/finance director state-wide campaigns, trade associations). * Knowledge of fundraising concepts and principles and how they would work to accomplish both state and federal legislative and potentially, regulatory goals as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Knowledge of Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations and rules as they apply to Political Action Committees for revenue and disbursement activities & Affiliated PACs. * Ability to build and sustain a high-performing team with an appreciation and interest in building and sustaining strategic relationships with key internal decision makers, members, staff and the public as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to organize and manage time, multi-task, operate under pressure and prioritize projects (or work) using effective organization skills as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in the execution of all duties and responsibilities as demonstrated by prior work experience. * Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to travel as demonstrated by prior work experience.ADA Requirements: - The following statements are the minimum required for all positions at NRECA. If your position requires more stringent requirements edit as needed. Contact Compensation should different requirements be needed.* 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. * 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.*LI-RS1