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.
The Director will lead AWEA efforts in close coordination with member companies on resolving permitting and regulatory challenges impacting offshore wind projects in development as well as facilities in operation. Key issues in the portfolio include offshore wind leasing, BOEM regulatory process, multiple-use compatibility (including commercial fishing, radar/airspace and vessel traffic), transmission and wildlife among others. Coordinating closely with internal legal team, Federal Affairs, State Affairs, and Public Affairs to advance offshore wind industry interests at the federal and state level are a part of the day to day responsibilities. The incumbent will lead staff work for AWEA’s Wildlife and Federal Permitting (WFP) Offshore Wind Subcommittee and related subcommittees and work groups.
Under the direction of the Sr. Director, Permitting Policy & Environmental Affairs, the Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Offshore will be responsible for increasing the understanding of wind energy and its policy needs among policy makers in both state and federal governments, the media, and the public at large. The position will facilitate productive relationships between AWEA member companies and identified key influencers in Washington, D.C. and on the state level to increase the effectiveness and strength of AWEA’s offshore wind advocacy program.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as lead staff facilitating the work of Offshore Wind Subcommittee and the Offshore Wind Steering Committee. Provide updates to these groups and solicit feedback on current and emerging issues.
- Monitor policy and regulatory developments, conduct analysis, and prepare materials on offshore wind permitting and regulatory issues, at federal and state levels. Includes both proactive policy development and reactive analysis and comments.
- Coordinate with AWEA members to develop consensus on industry positions and advocacy strategy.
- Serve as lead staff engaging with federal agencies on this portfolio. This includes strategic and tactical planning with members and AWEA colleagues, assisting in the preparation of written comments, and regular communications with key officials.
- Provide technical expertise to AWEA’s State Affairs team and Federal Affairs team, as well as AWEA regional partners on offshore permitting policies as necessary.
- Assist AWEA legislative staff and state staff as necessary in outreach to Congress and state-level decision makers and stakeholders. May include participation in meetings, preparation of testimony, research, position papers and talking points as appropriate.
- Assist AWEA Public Affairs team in responding to media inquiries, developing messaging, and preparing reports, blog posts, opinion pieces etc.
- Supervise outside contractors hired by AWEA to assist on this portfolio.
- Assist AWEA membership and conference staff in developing professional and informative workshops and sessions at AWEA events.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
AWEA is a fast-paced, high-energy organization with a very ambitious agenda and staff that is highly motivated. This position may experience high work demands under very tight timelines.
Must be a self-starter who is: detail oriented, proactive, able to multi-task and prioritize and able to adhere to timelines and plans that may be revised as needed. Strong candidates must also have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal, collaborative and organizational skills. A passion for and knowledge of offshore wind energy is a plus.
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 in environmental science, wildlife biology, business administration, public policy, law or related fields preferred, with a minimum of two years relevant experience. Master’s degree or other advanced degree. Seeking candidates with relevant regulatory, advocacy and/or industry experience.
To apply: Send how you heard about this job, cover letter, salary requirement, start date availability, and resume to [email protected] (use “Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Offshore” 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.