VP Political Affairs, Arlington, VA

  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 40 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won numerous awards over including:


 





  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine



  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian



  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance



  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP




 
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, constantly and evolving, 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, veteran status or other legally protected status.


 


Summary


Direct the planning and implementation of political initiatives and events supporting NRECA’s Legislative and Regulatory advocacy efforts, including but not limited to increasing the effectiveness of NRECA’s grassroots lobbying network, utilizing the Political Advocacy, Communications, and Education (PACE) account, and overseeing the administration of ACRE and Co-op Owners for Political Action. Develop and implement strategies for effective, dynamic and creative campaigns to advance the Association’s efforts priority issues.


 


Purpose and Mission






  • Direct the NRECA's political activities including grassroots initiatives, PAC management, political event management, and political communications.






  • Provide oversight and direction to teams that strengthen and support a coordinated national electric cooperative grassroots network comprised of co-op leadership and consumer-owners.






  • Participate in the development of issue advocacy communications for use at the NRECA, statewide, G&T and Distribution co-op levels. 






  • Oversee the development of political events including fundraisers, issue briefings or policy roundtables, and other events,






  • Work closely and collaboratively with the VP of Legislative Affairs, VP of Regulatory Affairs, NRECA lobbyists, and other NRECA Departments (Communications, Finance, General Counsel, etc) in developing grassroots, PAC and political activities.






  • Build and maintain relationships and collaboration with statewide associations and NRECA Member systems.






  • Develop and grow a wide network of current and former elected officials, senior government officials, and leaders of other stakeholder organizations.






  • Coordinate activities with coalitions of like-minded organizations.






  • Work with statewide associations and member systems to use modern campaign and political tactics to assist with recruitment, education and training activities necessary to build and maintain a robust network of advocates for the electric cooperative program.






  • Provide leadership to the political affairs teams including setting clear expectations/ goals/objectives; providing timely feedback, praise, coaching and recognition; promptly addressing performance or employee relations issues in accordance with NRECA policy; upgrading the skill set and effectiveness of the staff; and providing the materials, equipment and information required to support the success of the team.  






  • Stewardship and management of political funding, including ensuring compliance with applicable FEC and IRS regulations governing PAC and political funds.






  • Travel (about 15%) required attending various NRECA, membership, and outside stakeholder events.








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