Sr. Regulatory Affairs Director: Cybersecurity and Electric Reliability
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Internal Number: R2021-23
Position Summary: Responsible as leading NRECA subject matter expert and advocate for regulatory matters pertaining to cybersecurity (including NERC critical infrastructure protection standards) and electric reliability. Responsible for engaging with, informing, and educating internal and external audiences and members on regulatory issues.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Advocacy: * Influences the strategy to address internal and/or external policy and regulatory issues to improve NRECA service excellence and reduce impacts on NRECA and its members. * Proactively identifies and uses conceptual and innovative methods to think beyond existing solutions to solve the most complex problems, including high priority policy issues, that impact the management and direction of NRECA and its members. * Engages with NRECA members to develop consensus on priority needs and policy positions. * Works independently on advocating on policies identified within the NRECA strategic plan related to area of responsibility, using innovative methods, to impact the business direction of NRECA and its members. * Develops strategic plans to enable NRECA to act proactively, to get out ahead on key issues, and to focus resources relating to area of responsibility to best meet members' short-term and long-term needs. * Consistent with the strategic plan, and using all resources and advocacy paths available, directs and participates in all agency, court, media, and other policy advocacy relating to area of responsibility. * Manages outside counsel and consultants. * Personally advocates and negotiates technical and substantive issues directly with senior policy makers and staff. * Builds, manages, leads, and actively participates in various internal and external committees, subcommittees, and coalitions with other stakeholders, to represent NRECA and its members' interests. * Selects witnesses and/or prepares testimony, white papers, and/or talking points to be used during Congressional hearings, agency meetings, and other external communications by NRECA and its members. * Builds and maintains relationships in the policy community and industry in order to enhance own and NRECA's reputation, access, and advocacy efforts. * Builds and maintains national recognition as expert and external thought leader within area of responsibility.
Member Education: * Responsible for informing and educating members about issues arising in area of responsibility in order to help them comply with laws, regulations and/or mandatory industry standards and adjust their business activities consistent with industry and policy trends. * Helps set the agenda for, attends, and participates in Annual, Regional, and other NRECA meetings as appropriate, and provides advice and consultation to the NRECA Board, NRECA Standing and other committees. * Contributes consistently to the Regulatory Bulletin, the Regulatory Looking Ahead, Week Ahead, Notes, Issues to Watch, REMagazine, and all other resources that have been or may be developed to keep NRECA staff and NRECA members informed about activities relating to area of responsibility.
Continuing Education * Possesses broad and comprehensive expertise within area of responsibility and other regulatory issues. * Possesses in-depth knowledge about the members' business needs, policy positions, and internal politics. * Works continuously to maintain, enhance, and expand knowledge of membership and area of responsibility.
Coordination and Communication: * Leads highly visible multidisciplinary project teams and/or strategic initiatives, includes providing thought leadership as the authority in area of expertise. * Negotiates with senior management, members, regulators, and/or vendors to influence decisions. * Works closely with colleagues in Government Relations, Communications, Business and Technologies Strategies and others in the building, to enhance efforts on responsibilities 1-3 and to support others' efforts on related issues. * Keeps NRECA leadership and management and NRECA membership informed on issues relating to area of responsibility. * Other duties as assigned.
Direct Reports to this Position: None
Formal Education Required: Juris Doctor, Master's or other advanced degree relating to the assigned area of responsibility or 10 years of related work experience with federal/state agencies or industry related to cybersecurity and electric reliability.
Experience and Certifications Required: * 10+ years of experience working at or with the federal and/or state agency or industry relating to the assigned area of responsibility with 10+ years written and oral policy advocacy in formal and informal agency and stakeholder proceedings. * Experience developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to advance advocacy goals and building and working through coalitions and through outside consultants to advance advocacy goals. * Experience leading teams to bring diverse skills to advocacy efforts. * Experience at a trade association and with electric cooperatives is preferred. * Experience advocating on issues within the assigned area of responsibility also preferred.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience): * Knowledge of the electric utility industry, the electric cooperative sector, and the legal framework governing the regulation of the electric utility industry. * Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail. * Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials. * Ability to think strategically and creatively to achieve advocacy goals of the members. * Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment. * Ability to effectively interact with others and work in a team environment and providing follow-up when needed. * Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment. * Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization. * Ability to anticipate internal and or external business challenges and/or regulatory issues; recommends process, product or service improvements as demonstrated by prior work experience * Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees, stakeholders and/or government officials in a clear and precise manner. * Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (i.e., Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job. * Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine, 10-key adding machine, and multiple line telephone. * Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful.
Essential Physical 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 and 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.
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