Senior Policy Advisor

Washington D.C.
Jun 01, 2018
Jul 06, 2018
Full Time

Looking for a team-based culture and an exciting opportunity with a team of professionals?

Come join the American Petroleum Institute and work for one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the US, you will enjoy working as a team member for the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

As the Senior Policy Advisor you will be part of the Market Development team that works to identify barriers and opportunities for demand growth (including policy impediments, informational gaps, and market structures) and to prioritize and develop policy and market strategies to overcome barriers and expand the use of natural gas in four targeted market segments – power generation, industrial, export, and transportation. Recognizing the important role that infrastructure plays in expanding use of natural gas, the team also addresses pipeline infrastructure policy and project development in coordination with other API departments.

You will help in the development, oversight, and execution of national and regional-based strategies, which will encompass, but are not limited to, efforts in the areas of communications, government affairs, research and education, regulatory advocacy, business development and market sector outreach.

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to conduct external advocacy, education, build and maintain relationships with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders and fits one of two profiles describe below.

Profile 1:

  • General understanding of how electricity generation is sited and what oversight bodies and/or markets impact both siting and generation
  • General understanding of how natural gas infrastructure is sited and the relationship between natural gas markets and electricity generation
  • Understanding of how state policies, regulations, and legislation can impact generation, in particular natural gas generation
  • Working knowledge of the role state public utility commissioners play in decisions that have the potential to impact natural gas use
  • An established network among public utility commissioners and/or commission staff.  A network of contacts in potential allied stakeholder groups that interact with utility commissioners and /or staff     

Profile 2:

  • An understanding of electricity market rules and their impact on power generation and infrastructure investment decisions
  • Familiarity with Regional Transmission Organization/Independent System Operator (RTO/ISO) market designs and regulator/policy initiatives with the potential to impact natural gas generation within one or more RTO/ISOs  
  • Familiarity with the stakeholder process and key stakeholder groups within one or more
  • An established network of contacts at the leadership and/or staff level within one or more RTO/ISOs 
  • General understanding of how state policies, regulations, and legislation can impact generation, in particular natural gas generation

You will be responsible for:

  • Understanding of sector business model, regulatory structures, and markets to identify opportunities where API can meaningfully influence outcomes that will sustain and increase use of natural gas; establish appropriate goals for increasing demand; contribute to the development of national and regionally-based strategies to achieve those goals; and actively participate in the execution of those strategies
  • Serve as in-house expert on sector issues and policy
  • Contribute to the development of API policy positions
  • Prepare written comments and other formal communications (e.g. presentations) on behalf of API
  • Assist with the execution of 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
  • Develop and cultivate relationships within the power generation sector, including the supply chain and relevant third parties (e.g. think tanks, allied trades, labor) to leverage API’s resources and enhance strategy execution
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with decision makers whose responsibilities include making investment decisions or directing customer policy-advocacy (e.g. in-house corporate planners, in-house regulatory or government affairs) or developing policies that impact whether and where investment occurs (e.g. economic development offices, public utility commissioners, environmental regulators)
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization to promote a better understanding of the use of natural gas in the power generation sector before stakeholders and decision makers
  • Work with the Government Affairs team to anticipate and identify legislative and regulatory opportunities and/or issues at the federal, state and local levels and guide efforts appropriately to ensure consistency and alignment with overall market development strategy
  • 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 team and others in API to develop core messaging in areas of expertise that will be implemented on a national and regional level
  • Work with the Natural Gas Markets Subcommittee to ensure member company engagement in strategy development and execution
  • Participate in other API committee meetings, as needed, to ensure coordinated strategy and execution

If you are our ideal candidate, you will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years professional experience in energy, environment, or related industry, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Excellent analytical, written communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of legislative/regulatory environment and process
  • Willingness to travel and speak publicly on behalf of the organization
  • Ability to handle multiple issues concurrently and to prioritize
  • Flexibility and capability to work on new issues as needs arise
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an overall strategy to meet the goals of the organization

About API

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.

Although our focus is primarily domestic, in recent years our work has expanded to include a growing international dimension, and today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs.  Learn more about API at www.api.orgOpens a New Window. 

As an API team member, you will enjoy competitive wages, excellent benefits, a generous PTO plan with paid holidays and a great working atmosphere.

This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

API is an EOE M/F/D/V.

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