Federal Government Affairs and Member Programs Manager
Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)
Location: Roseville, California
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
This position works closely with NCPA Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee to proactively advocate before Congress and federal agencies to advance NCPA's federal policy priorities. Educate Members of Congress and legislative staff about key energy, tax, federal power, environmental, wildfire, and other federal policy issues and the related implications for NCPA and its member communities and districts. Develop white papers for use in advocacy efforts, and provide regular updates and analysis of federal issues for NCPA's Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee to support position development and member engagement. Maintain stakeholder and coalition relationships with partner organizations. Work closely with and oversee NCPA's outside Washington, DC-based lobbying firm to assure strong representation of the agency in congressional proceedings and to educate California’s congressional delegation and federal agency officials on key issues impacting public power systems and the electricity sector.
In the area of member programs, this position includes responsibility for serving as project manager for the execution of our agency’s policy-related conferences, advocacy events, and other NCPA member functions. The person in this role will coordinate closely with NCPA’s outside DC lobbying firm as well as our outside event management consultants to assure the successful execution of these policy-related functions.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Lobby before Congress and the Administration concerning federal legislative issues of importance to NCPA and its members.
Work closely with NCPA's outside DC-based lobbyist to track and analyze legislation regarding potential impacts on NCPA and its members and proactively develop and implement strategies to ensure effective representation during congressional and agency proceedings.
Work with NCPA members to establish NCPA's federal legislative priorities and ensure members are well-informed of legislative and regulatory developments.
Represent the agency as a participant in the proceedings and events of related stakeholder organizations, and work together in coalition with our public power partners.
Prepare white papers on key issues and other informational materials for use by NCPA staff and members during legislative visits.
Make regular presentations to NCPA members on federal legislative and agency-related developments of importance to the agency.
Write congressional testimony and agency comments as needed.
Oversee NCPA’s DC-based outside lobbying firm in the planning and organizing of NCPA member lobbying visits with Congress and Administration officials—including the scheduling of meetings, conducting NCPA member briefings in advance of lobbying events, preparing white papers and lobbying packets for distribution, and leading meetings between NCPA members and Members of Congress, congressional staff, or agency officials.
Responsible for securing speakers for the agency's three annual policy-focused conferences—including the Federal Policy Conference held in Washington, DC, each year. Oversee the work of the agency’s outside event management consultants to ensure the successful execution of member meetings, conferences, and other functions.
This position requires that the incumbent reports for work on time and maintains satisfactory attendance per Agency policy; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time; Performs special assignments for the Assistant General Manager for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs or others as assigned. Ability to travel periodically as needed within and sometimes out of state. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Experience with federal legislative and regulatory processes and policies is desired. Strong writing and verbal presentation skills and related experience are essential. The Federal Government Affairs and Member Programs Manager position is based out of NCPA's Roseville, California office, and travel to Washington, DC, and regionally throughout the West will be required. A part-time telework schedule is available for this position as workload allows. Candidates with qualifications for either of the following two job classifications, Level III or Level IV, will be considered for this role.
LEVEL III EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: This level requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, Public Policy, or a related field, and a minimum of three (3) years of experience performing the fundamental responsibilities of this position with limited direction. An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training may be substituted for years of experience. A Master’s degree in a related field is desired.
LEVEL IV EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: This level requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, Public Policy, or a related field, and a minimum of six (6) years of experience performing the responsibilities of this position with limited direction. An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training may be substituted for years of experience. A Master’s degree in a related field is desired.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and advocacy.
ABILITIES: Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listen and get clarification; Respond well to questions; Demonstrate group presentation skills; Participate in meetings and effectively anticipate questions and interests of others in the discussion; Strong meeting management skills to support legislative advocacy and ability to function as a spokesperson in meetings; Ability to think strategically and proactively, work well in a team environment, and maintain a strong focus on member service will be important in this role; Organize and prioritize work, manage time and diverse responsibilities, and meet deadlines via self-directed project management; Ability to problem-solve by quickly assessing issues and opportunities at hand and using sound judgment to determine the appropriate course(s) of action. Ability to convey information effectively in writing is required.
Valid California Driver's License and insurance.
Level III in this position will not include supervisory responsibilities, although it does require regular oversight/management of outside consulting firms to support work objectives in this position. Level IV would include increased responsibility related to the direction, coaching, or training of other staff within the department.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The position requires some overnight travel, including travel by plane and automobile.
NCPA currently has a part-time telework program in place.
All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences and is free from discrimination.