Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: IRC41705
Responsible for identifying current and emerging key federal and state public policy issues that could have significant impact on Tri-State, analyzing the political environment associated with the issues, and preparing strategic and tactical recommendations for policy positions, also responsible for monitoring and analyzing federal and state legislative regulatory initiatives. Represents the interests of Tri-State to external organizations, governmental entities, and legislators and their staff, as directed. Interacts with Tri-State internal staff, member systems, member system managers, and statewide rural electric associations as directed and appropriate. Monitors and analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory issues affecting Tri-State and its member systems. Responsible for supporting the Association and Member-Systems' goals by assessing the business and public environment to identify opportunities to leverage Tri-State's position and enhance its standing among key stakeholders. Plans and implements strategic public affairs campaigns and community relations activities to advance awareness and acceptance of the Association's initiatives, policies, and development plans, including new generation and transmission projects.
Location: Can be based out of our Cheyenne Field Facility-Cheyenne, Wyoming or Headquarters-Westminster, CO
Note: There is one position available, and this position will be filled at one of four job grade levels: Government Relations Advisor, job grade 6, Government Relations Advisor, job grade 7, Government Relations Advisor III, job grade 9 or Senior Government Relations Advisor, job grade 10. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Work Schedules including compressed work week and telecommuting opportunities to work remotely up to 50%, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Senior Government Relations Advisor
Hiring Salary Range: $110,000-$137,000
Government Relations Advisor III
Hiring Salary Range: $100,000-$123,000
Government Relations Advisor II
Hiring Salary Range: $78,000-$96,000
Government Relations Advisor I
Hiring Salary Range: $71,000-$87,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education and/or skill level.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Represent the interests of Tri-State to external organizations, governmental entities, and legislators and their staff, as directed.
Interact with Tri-State internal staff, member systems, member system managers, and statewide rural electric associations as directed and appropriate.
Monitor and analyze federal and state legislative and regulatory issues affecting Tri-State and its member systems.
Support and maintain a tracking system to provide the status of various issues and positions, both internally and externally, in conjunction with the State Government Relations and External Affairs Senior Manager.
Write position papers, letters, and resolutions on various issues and prepare comments and testimony for submission to governmental entities.
Maintain appropriate contacts with legislative and regulatory officials at the federal and state levels.
Maintain appropriate contacts with trade associations, attends meetings and represents Tri-State policies.
Provide input and guidance to member systems on Tri-State issues and developments.
Build and maintain Tri-State's image and credibility in the Member-Systems' service territories and with stakeholders through the effective use of external relation strategies.
Develop and leverage relationships and strategic partnerships with local elected and appointed officials and organizations inside and outside the utility industry that advance the Association's interests.
As directed, represent the Association with member systems and affected communities and at meetings and events. Provide appropriate information and public presentations about the Association's initiatives, policies, programs, and development plans.
Undertake special assignments in areas related to external and governmental relations and member programs, as directed.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements.
Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform other related duties as assigned.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning and organizing ability to think ahead and plan for a variety of contingencies. Sets priorities and allocates time and resources properly. Maintains awareness of relationships between activities and is able to coordinate numerous projects at any given time.
Adaptability: works effectively during periods of high activity while seeking out and utilizing resources. Maintains effectiveness during procedural/organizational changes and when dealing with varying personality styles and tasks.
Thoroughness: attention to accuracy and detail.
Time management: ability to juggle multiple priorities and manage time efficiently.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player accomplishes tasks by working with others. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
Bachelor's degree in political science, communications, business or related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Knowledge of local, state, and federal legislation and regulations affecting the rural electric utility industry.
Ability to analyze and strategize issues.
Ability to effectively communicate by both written and oral means.
Past political campaign experience desired.
Strong knowledge and experience in stakeholder engagement and collaborative processes.
Must be willing to travel up to 50% of the time and at times outside normal hours of operations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally.
Must be able to work independently without direct supervision.
Extensive listening, team leadership and interpersonal skills.
Eight (8) plus years of progressive related experience, including working with federal and state governmental issues.
Energy related experience helpful.
Willingness to travel. (Must possess a current valid driver's license.)
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all the essential functions of the position.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Electric cooperative experience desired.
Live in, or close to, WY area
Note:The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Government Relations Advisor. Those with less experience will be hired at the I, II or III job grade level.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to twenty-five pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. Frequent exposure to weather and traffic when traveling. Majority of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment. Outward facing position with high volume of travel.
About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.