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Director, Federal Programs

Nuclear Energy Institute

Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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The Nuclear Energy Institute is looking for a Federal Programs Director to develop and implement legislative and governmental programs in support of NEI policy and objectives.


This position is responsible for developing and maintaining relations and communications with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, Administration, and state officials in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of commercial nuclear technology. This includes directing nuclear industry programs on specific legislative and administrative issues and actively participating in the Congressional outreach program designed to enhance NEI’s relationship with assigned Senate and House committees of jurisdiction regarding nuclear energy, and to monitor activities.


He/she will prepare for Congressional hearings by drafting testimony for NEI and industry witnesses, providing information and background to Congressional staff, and briefing witnesses prior to hearing.

This position is accountable for maintaining and updating NEI’s lobbying materials, including committee member and staff rosters, and voting records. He/she will serve as an NEI liaison with the sister trade associations and other entities, and will provide drafts and/or edit articles for NEI publications. The incumbent is responsible for briefing industry representatives and member company CEO ’s on specific issues, and participate in political process in conjunction with the NEI Federal PAC.

The Director will assist and support the division head by keeping him currently and fully informed on developments and activities in assigned areas of responsibility and will brief and provide relevant materials for Executive Committee/Board of Directors, Government Relations Advisory Committee, and the Government Relations Standing Committee on assigned issues. He/she will contribute to the efficient and effective legislative effort to advance NEI’s goals and priorities, as well as enhance and promote NEI with its membership and industry groups. Additionally, he/she will add to the overall morale of the organization and arrange meetings between NEI officials and member company representatives with Members of Congress and staff, and Administration officials.


The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree, although an advanced degree is preferred. In addition to the educational requirements, the incumbent must have 6-10 years’ experience in policy development and advocacy experience in Congress, industry, or the executive branch with particular emphasis in energy, environmental, and trade issues as well as 3-4 years' experience on the Hill.


The incumbent must have knowledge of congressional and legislative processes, including budget, appropriations, and authorizations, as well as executive agency and regulatory management processes. Knowledge of nuclear engineering and technical issues is required. He/she must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, strong consensus building skills, and the ability to synthesize complex topics into simple terms.

NEI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including savings and pension plans. To apply for this position please send a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume and the NEI employment application to




The ideal candidate must have at least 3-4 years' Hill experience. 

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI’s objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world.