Company Description

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. With thousands of wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers.

Job Description

The Senior Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy will lead AWEA’s efforts to grow wind energy demand through wholesale electricity markets and transmission expansion.   The incumbent is expected to maintain and improve workable markets and secure policies to expand transmission as an important part of maximizing the growth of wind energy and supporting the economic operation of existing facilities.  The Senior Director must have the ability to develop industry consensus and meaningfully guide the policy direction for the wind industry at the RTO and FERC levels; the desire and ability to maintain/build relationships with RTO and FERC leadership; the skills and willingness to create content (e.g. advocacy material, technical comments);  the patience to dig into stakeholder processes where needed; the technical expertise to debate and contribute meaningfully to market design rules and interact with FERC, RTO and/or NERC  experts and other important stakeholders; and the ability to serve as an effective spokesperson on market policy and transmission.

 

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage relevant AWEA committees/subcommittees.  Develop consensus policy and technical positions and work with AWEA members on the development and execution of strategies to increase electricity demand for wind, including electricity market design and transmission policy. 
  • Represent the wind industry before relevant organizations including grid operators, federal and state regulators, reliability authorities, state and federal legislators, and executive agencies. 
  • Manage the day-to-day strategic plan implementation in collaboration with other departments.
  • Develop and manage relationships with senior FERC staff and Commissioners, key RTO/ISO staff and leadership, relevant state utility commissioners, and relevant NERC staff and leadership.
  • Identify public policy threats and opportunities to increase wind development and deployment.  
  • Initiate and lead meetings with agency staff and appointees, and prepare materials in support of such meetings.
  • Coordinate the work of AWEA regional partners, AWEA, and industry consultants on wholesale electricity markets, transmission and integration issues.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the drafting of testimony, research, position papers, and regulatory comments. Write advocacy and educational material appropriate for a variety of audiences, for example, fact sheets, position papers, blogs or newsletter articles, talking points, etc.
  • Speak on behalf of AWEA and the wind industry with media outlets; assist AWEA Public Affairs in preparation of material.
  • Supervise outside consultants hired by AWEA to assist on transmission, markets and integration issues.
  • Assist the conference & education staff in developing professional and informative workshops and sessions at AWEA events.
  • Other duties that may be assigned.                                                 

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Leadership ability to influence large and varied groups of people.
  • Familiarity with key statues, rules and regulatory entities required.  Familiarity with wind energy and wind turbine technology helpful, but not required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking capability.  Ability to analyze technical/research data and information, and communicate effectively to varied audiences.  
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate consensus and engender support and buy-in from stakeholders.
  • Technical writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer software applications, such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively as a team player, while also identifying and resolving problems independently.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete a variety of tasks efficiently.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.

 

Education and/or Experience

AWEA is seeking applicants whom reflect and understand our core values: We HEART Wind Energy, The Truth Prevails, Together We Succeed, and Ahead of the Curve. Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position. Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree required.    Master’s degree in public policy, law, engineering, or related field preferred.  Seeking candidates with at least eight years of relevant industry, regulatory agency and/or grid operator experience.  

 

To apply: Send cover letter, salary requirement, start date availability, and resume to [email protected] (use “Senior Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy” in subject line) or mail to AWEA, 1501 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005;  Attention:  Human Resources.

 

AWEA is Metro accessible and provides a generous benefit package. To learn more visit www.awea.org.

AWEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications

AWEA is seeking applicants whom reflect and understand our core values: We HEART Wind Energy, The Truth Prevails, Together We Succeed, and Ahead of the Curve. Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position. Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree required.    Master’s degree in public policy, law, engineering, or related field preferred.  Seeking candidates with at least eight years of relevant industry, regulatory agency and/or grid operator experience.  

To apply: Send cover letter, salary requirement, start date availability, and resume to [email protected] (use “Senior Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy” in subject line) or mail to AWEA, 1501 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005;  Attention:  Human Resources.

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