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 policy issues and 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 and represent NCPA on committees and at functions of partner organizations. Work closely with NCPA’s outside Washington, DC-based lobbyist to represent the agency in congressional proceedings and to serve as a resource to the agency’s congressional delegation as well as federal agency officials.
In the area of member programs, this position includes organizing lobby days for locally-elected officials and utility staff from our member communities and districts to meet with Members of Congress, legislative staff, and agency officials. To support NCPA member engagement in our lobbying efforts, NCPA hosts three policy-focused conferences each year that provide an opportunity for NCPA members and staff to interface with policymakers and stakeholders on key energy policy issues. This position entails developing agendas and serving as the NCPA L&R team leader for securing high-level speakers for these conferences, including a Federal Policy Conference held in Washington, DC each year.
Experience and Skills
Experience with federal legislative and regulatory processes and familiarity with energy policy issues is desired. Strong writing and verbal presentation skills and related experience are essential. 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. This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a minimum of three years of relevant policy related experience. 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.
Background on NCPA
NCPA is a Joint Action Agency located in Roseville, California. NCPA owns and operates geothermal, hydropower, and natural gas-fired power generation facilities on behalf of its members which are public power utility systems located in Northern and Central California. The agency’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Program provides support for NCPA members with regard to state and federal advocacy, utility customer programs, and compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements. The L&R team actively manages policy issues on the state and federal levels and in the legislative and regulatory arenas and plays a very proactive role in state and federal policy proceedings. We also administer an effective and strong grassroots advocacy program that actively engages the locally elected officials that serve on NCPA’s Commission in efforts to educate policymakers on behalf of the agency, and plan and manage conferences designed to bring local decision makers together with state and federal officials to help address issues of importance to Northern California Public Power Systems.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this Position Include
Lobby before Congress and the Administration with regard to federal legislative issues of importance to NCPA and its members.
Work with NCPA’s outside DC-based lobbyist to track and analyze legislation with regard to 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 as well as 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.
Plan and organize NCPA member lobbying visits with Congress and Administration officials—including scheduling meetings, conducting NCPA member briefings in advance of lobbying events, preparing white papers and lobbying packets for distribution, 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.
Serve as the L&R team lead in developing conference programs and coordinating agency outreach to secure high-level panelists and keynote presenters on policy and other issues of importance to NCPA.
Report for work and agency functions on time and maintains satisfactory attendance in accordance with Agency policy. Ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent. Arrive to meetings and appointments on time.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions; Has ability to develop and implement legislative strategies.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings—and effectively anticipates 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.
Written Communication – Excellent writing skills with ability to deliver high quality documents for use internally and externally to the organization. Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar and does not require extensive editing before materials are published and distributed; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information.
Language Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, and prompt turnaround on projects and inquiries.
Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals. Meets commitments and demonstrates individual initiative without instruction or assignment of tasks.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans, and demonstrate strategic thinking
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to additional hours of work when necessary to reach goals and manage events; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision;
Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Computer Skills - Proficient personal computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.