Central Region Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy
The Central Region Director, Electricity and Transmission Policy will lead AWEA’s transmission and wholesale electricity markets work with central region grid operators, including consideration of seams issues between RTOs. The focus is to defeat the threats and seize the opportunities to promote policies to expand transmission and benefit wind energy through non-discriminatory wholesale electricity markets, while securing revenue streams to wind farms and facilitating the efficient and affordable integration of wind energy.
This position 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 Central Region Director must have the ability to meaningfully guide the policy direction for the wind industry at RTOs and state utility commissions. In addition, the skills and willingness to collaborate with members and generate consensus, create content, the patience to dig into stakeholder processes, the technical expertise to debate and contribute meaningfully to debates over transmission and market design rules, and the willingness and desire to interact with the experts and leadership as needed at RTOs, FERC, NERC, and state public utility commissions are also required.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
- Lead and manage relevant AWEA committees/subcommittees/working groups/task forces.
- 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 at both the federal and state level.
- 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 Government and Public Affairs departments.
- Develop and manage relationships, including initiating and leading meetings as appropriate 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/opportunities to increase wind development and deployment.
- Coordinate the work of AWEA regional partners, AWEA, and industry consultants on wholesale electricity markets, transmission and integration issues, and RTO inter-regional seams issues in the central region.
- Contribute to the drafting of testimony, research, position papers, and regulatory comments in collaboration with AWEA’s legal team.
- Write advocacy and educational material appropriate for various audiences, like 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 team in preparation of material.
- Supervise outside consultants hired by AWEA to assist on transmission, markets and integration issues in the central region, including seams 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 communication skills, both written and oral. Technical writing and editing skills. A high level of interpersonal skills is important in order to interact effectively with a wide range of people including other AWEA staff, AWEA members, federal agency staff, and other stakeholders.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking capability. Ability to analyze technical/research data and information and communicate it understandably to varied audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate consensus and engender support and buy-in from stakeholders.
- 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.
- Some travel required.
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. Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, natural sciences, or related field required. Preferred qualifications are: Master’s degree in public policy, law, engineering, or related fields with a minimum of eight relevant experience desired. Existing relationships with central region legislators, regulators, RTO/ISO staff and other stakeholders are strongly preferred.
Send how you heard about this job, cover letter, salary requirement, start date availability, and resume to [email protected]. Please use (“[Your Name] – “Central Region 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.