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Legislative Affairs Director – Broadband & Telecom


arlington, Virginia 22203
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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 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

• Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
• 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
• Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
• Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
• State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

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 and constantly evolving and 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.

Legislative Affairs Director – Broadband & Telecom

Develops, plans and executes government relations activities to promote and influence legislation, rules and actions favorable to rural electric cooperatives and related programs and issues.  Works closely with Members of Congress to inform and persuade lawmakers and staff to shape and advance policy outcomes.

Purpose and Mission
• Establishes and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and their staff.  Presents electric cooperative positions and priorities to inform and persuade Congress, stakeholder coalitions, and allied organizations.
• Provide analysis and feedback of pending legislation which may impact electric cooperative members.  Prepare and hone messages to assist lawmakers and staff to understand NRECA’s policy priorities.
• Develop legislation in accordance with policy resolutions of the Association.  Conduct advocacy efforts in support of policy resolutions and assist in the formulation of policy resolutions that guide strategies on assigned legislative issues.
• Prepares and hones message to assist Members of Congress and their staffs to understand the policy priorities of NRECA and the impact of policy on electric cooperative members.
• Cultivates and maintains relationships with member cooperatives, including statewide managers, G&T managers and distribution managers, providing legislative updates and guidance while channeling their active participation in NRECA’s advocacy efforts.
• Develop and lead coalitions that advance key NRECA policy issues. Build stakeholder support and cooperation to create awareness and consensus on issues.  Expand network through leadership in coalitions and professional organizations for the benefit of the Association and its members.
• Provide legislative updates to Vice President, Legislative Affairs, NRECA management, membership and colleagues on current legislative matters. Participates in coordination of activities and timely exchange of information on current matters among Government Relations staff.
• Assists the Vice President of Legislative Affairs with activities of the NRECA Board of Directors and its committees.  Appears before the Board Committees to inform them on legislative issues.
• Participates in and performs specific duties at the NRECA Annual Meeting and Regional Meetings as assigned, Legislative Conference and other meetings of NRECA members as appropriate.
• Participates in meetings of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) and makes recommendations on campaign contributions to candidates for Congress and incumbent Members of Congress. Represents NRECA at fundraising events.




• Bachelor’s Degree
• 10 years direct work experience, 5 to 7 years of Capitol Hill experience
• 5 years experience lobbying broadband/telecom issues before Congress
• possess broad network of contacts on and off Capitol Hill within the broadband/telecom policy space
• Must possess strong political acumen
• Thorough understanding of the legislative process 
• Comprehensive understanding public policy issues impacting electric cooperatives


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