Vice President of Federal Affairs

Washington D.C.
Aug 15, 2018
Sep 19, 2018
Full Time

Organization Description

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. The mission of SEIA is to build a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Description

SEIA seeks a strong and experienced leader to lead the organization’s advocacy efforts at the federal level. Working closely within SEIA’s executive leadership team, and at the direction of the President and CEO, the individual will manage a team of four, multiple consultants, and be responsible for all aspects of our federal affairs operations. This position works closely with and reports directly to the President and CEO.

Responsibilities & Minimum Qualifications

SEIA is entering a new phase in its federal-level advocacy and outreach. With the extension of the ITC in 2015, preservation of this important incentive during 2017’s tax reform deliberations, and recent favorable guidance from the IRS on commence construction guidelines, SEIA is in the position to move forward aggressively with a renewed strategy to drive growth of the US solar energy industry through sound and innovative federal policy and regulations. Solar’s recent policy successes, combined with the current political climate in Washington, provides SEIA with a unique set of challenges and opportunities during this critical moment for the solar industry in this country. SEIA seeks a forward-thinking and collaborative leader to help develop and drive a new federal advocacy strategy for the organization and the industry. This strategy should expand beyond the walls of Congress and should be creative and aggressive.

Qualified candidates should have an advanced degree in political science, law, or other public policy discipline with 10+ years of public policy or legislative advocacy experience. Strong working knowledge of the legislative process and relationships on both sides of the aisle are essential to success. Experience working with departments within the Administration is a plus. Must have management experience working with several internal teams and external coalitions. Ability to handle a large workload while maintaining an upbeat and positive approach is critical. Requires a proven track record of strategic planning and effective implementation. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Job Location

Washington, D.C.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and references to with “Vice President – Federal Affairs 2018-04” included in the subject line. No calls please; direct applicants only, no search or placement firms. Positions are open until filled.

Working at SEIA

SEIA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the solar industry. We strive to welcome different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable solar industry. SEIA envisions an industry that is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity. We aim to achieve this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress. We will develop strategies, programs, and tools that seek to equalize opportunities within SEIA and allow for discussing and sharing best practices within the solar industry.

SEIA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SEIA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we employ staff. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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