Vice President of Congressional Affairs
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.
SEIA seeks a strong and experienced leader to lead the organization’s congressional 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 the legislative team, multiple consultants, and be responsible for all aspects of our congressional 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. In the last several years, SEIA has garnered significant policy wins, including the extension of the ITC in 2015 and preservation of this important incentive during 2017’s tax reform deliberations. Solar’s recent policy successes, combined with changes in Washington as a result of the mid-term elections make now the right time to move forward aggressively to lay the groundwork for bipartisan pro-solar policies. SEIA seeks a forward-thinking and collaborative leader to help develop and drive a new congressional 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:
- 10+ years of public policy or legislative advocacy experience.
- Strong working knowledge of the federal legislative process and relationships on both sides of the aisle, preferably in relevant committees of jurisdiction.
- Significant management experience, including leading external coalitions.
- Ability to handle a large workload while maintaining an upbeat and positive approach.
- Proven track record of strategic planning and effective implementation.
- Strong relationships on and off Capitol Hill.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Advanced degree in law, public policy, or political science strongly preferred.