Associate Director, Regulatory Counsel - State & National Issues

Company Name:
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
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.
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The Associate Director of Regulatory Counsel is responsible for tracking and analyzing emerging and existing State & National laws, regulations and industry trends. This will include but is not limited to matters relating State & National regulation of retail service and, distribution systems.
Purpose and Mission
Track and analyze existing and emerging State & National laws, regulations and industry trends along with their potential impact on NRECA and its member co-ops. Devise and implement strategies aimed at favorably influencing such laws and trends.
Focus advocacy efforts on Dept. of Energy, the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, and state senior regulators (e.g., public utility commissioners) and legislators.
Analyze how State & National activities may impact NRECA and its members, develop and implement strategies aimed at aligning such activities with co-op interests and objectives, and persuade senior State & National regulators and industry peers of the merits of these objectives.
Represent NRECA in governmental- and private sector-established industry stakeholder groups on issues that are important to NRECA members, such as privacy, consumer protection, and smart-grid.
Drive consensus positions and policies to support NRECA and its members' objectives.
Provide legal and regulatory advice and information to NRECA Board members, CEO, Vice Presidents, staff and members about changes to existing and new State & National laws and regulations and the potential impacts thereof.
Collaborate with other departments within NRECA on initiatives, products and strategies to insure they are consistent with NRECA and member positions and policies.
Review and advise staff on policy and legislative language in proposed congressional bills on issues such as consumer protection and smart-grid issues.
10% - 20% travel required
Requirements and Qualifications
Juris Doctorate
Minimum of 5 years experience in regulatory and /or policy work in the electric utility industry.
Strong analytic skills
Skilled at thinking strategically to achieve favorable advocacy outcomes and member outreach objectives
Skilled at writing clearly, concisely and persuasively on complex regulatory and policy subjects
Strong oral communication skills
Amount of Travel
Job Title : Associate Director, Regulatory Counsel - State & National Issues
Location : Arlington, VA, US

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