Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.
The Director of Governmental Relations serves as a local, state, and federal government liaison for Arkansas Electric Cooperatives. The Director of Governmental Relations is responsible for maintaining effective relationships with and communicating our positions on pending issues to the Legislature, the Executive Branch of State Government, and the Arkansas Congressional delegation, as well as various local governmental agencies and bodies connected to our 17 member cooperatives In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic and continue to strive to push AECI/AECC and our mission forward.
Monitors Federal, State, and local legislative administrative developments and provides periodic reports on their impacts, as well as recommendations for positions on the same.
Develops and drafts legislative bulletins and action alerts.
Conducts and coordinates governmental activities and functions, in accordance with our legislative agenda.
Engages with appropriate elected officials in their home areas to communicate our priorities and discuss our agenda.
Coordinates with other state utilities on legislative issues.
Represents the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives in meetings and before public bodies, where appropriate, or arranges for its representation by cooperative officials.
Arranges for visits of members of the Legislature and other government officials to cooperatives and is actively involved in the planning and scheduling of special events designed to promote interaction with elected leaders at all levels and public officers.
Travels often and widely around the State and to Washington, D.C., for face-to-face meetings with elected leaders and officials. Meets with Congressional delegation members and staff in either their Washington, D.C. and/or in their Arkansas offices.
Supports the coordination of economic development efforts with federal, state, and local officials, including political engagement, incentives, visits, and laws and ordinances in conjunction with the Director of Economic Development.
Conducts Political Action Committee (PAC) development fundraising for Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE).
Handles stress effectively and works well with others.
Bachelor ‘s Degree in Communication, Marketing or Business Management and 10 years related experience in professional positions or management within the utility regulatory and energy field
Must possess the highest level of internal and external communication, relationship, and advocacy skills, including:
Strong public speaking ability and experience; articulate and diplomatic explanatory skills (external and internal); and the ability to speak authoritatively and persuasively as an advocate for Arkansas Electric Cooperatives and its member systems with multiple groups and agencies.
Pursuant to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act 593, this position is a designated safety-sensitive position according to AECC/AECI standards and processes.
Master’s Degree in Communication, Marketing or Business Management.
Juris Doctorate Degree
401(k) Retirement Plan and Retirement Security Pension Plan
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
9 Paid holidays
Paid time off accrual
Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program
Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.