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Senior Director, Public Affairs

Nuclear Energy Institute

Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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The Nuclear Energy Institute is looking for a Senior Director, Public Affairs to develop and implement NEI’s public affairs strategy.  The Senior Director will support the Senior Vice President, External Affairs and the Vice President, Policy Development and Public Affairs in the identification of third parties (foundations, think-tanks, grassroots groups, universities, federally-funded research and development centers, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations) with which NEI should develop relationships in support of NEI priorities, and assist in the development and maintenance of those relationships.  He/she will identify and track opponents to NEI priorities to determine best approaches to neutralize, minimize or marginalize opposition groups. The incumbent will work closely with the Vice President of Governmental Affairs, the Senior Directors of Federal Programs and State Governmental Affairs & Advocacy to employ those relationships in the realization of NEI goals at the state and federal levels, with the media and with the general public. The Senior Director will work closely with the Vice President of Communications to develop messaging strategies and plans, key messages and other communications content in support of maintenance and deployment of NEI’s external relationships. In addition, he/she will manage NEI’s public and opinion-leader survey research (except for that conducted through Nuclear Matters).


  • Identify opportunities for, recommend and cultivate relationships with third party groups that might advance NEI’s priorities.
  • Recommend and manage development of policy papers, research studies and related tactics in partnership with third parties or in support of NEI priorities.
  • Serve on NEI’s internal state advocacy team that supports state-level campaigns to advance pro-nuclear policies and legislation.
  • Serve as the policy representative on NEI’s team to manage Nuclear Matters coalition work.
  • Oversee monitoring of websites, publications and related materials from ally and opposition groups.
  • Manage qualitative and quantitative research initiatives to test messages that support or challenge messages from third party groups.
  • Work closely with federal and state governmental affairs to support NEI legislative priorities via third party engagement.
  • Work closely with federal and states governmental affairs to marginalize or challenge third parties that oppose NEI priorities.
  • Identify creative approaches to introduce NEI to unlikely allies or groups less familiar with NEI including, but not limited to, the entertainment community, venture capital groups, etc.
  • Manage implementation of approaches to third parties that may be less inclined to work directly with NEI but favor nuclear energy.
  • Prepare recommendations in support of NEI executive thought leadership initiatives.
  • Work with the communications group to identify non-traditional forums where NEI executives could speak or share thought pieces that convey NEI priorities and general nuclear information.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of key industry issues and market data, assist in
    preparation of periodic reports and provide answers to questions from NEI staff and others outside NEI.
  • Represent the Policy Development and Public Affairs Division at major events and topical meetings.

Work Experience/Education:

  • Minimum ten years’ of public affairs related experience preferred.
  • General familiarity with energy, economic and nuclear industry issues to enable effective
    research and data gathering.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficient in English grammar, spelling, punctuation and proofreading.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Strong management skills in the areas of coordination, organization, setting priorities and communications skills with colleagues and senior executives.
  • Solid organizational, writing and research skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with NEI employees at all levels.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a working knowledge of electric power industry, including key terms, issues and individuals.
  • Operate with independent judgment, discretion and sensitivity at all times.
  • Working well under pressure and meeting required deadlines; managing multiple projects
    and working independently under tight deadlines; establishing priorities among
    a range of demands at the same time.
  • Curiosity, willingness to learn and desire to grow professionally.

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 NEI employment application to


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.