VP Legislative Relations & Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: 

White Plains, US

Summary

Directly manage legislative relations issues across all Authority Business Units, working closely with Executive Management, Legal, Community & Government Relations, Environmental Justice, Communications, & Operations, and other relevant departments. Keep senior management including the President and CEO abreast of legislative issues that may require action by the Authority. Lead initiatives in legislative management. Develop and implement strategies to maintain positive working relationships with legislators, government officials and stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of Authority strategies and programs. Provides guidance to and receives input from the SVP of Communications & External Affairs and the SVP & Special Advisor to the President & CEO. #LI-CJ1

Responsibilities

  • Closely follow relevant proceedings of the New York State Legislature in addition to state entities such as: New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Department of State (DOS), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and others whose activities currently or prospectively impact the Authority
  • Make recommendations and implement actions in on-going proceedings to ensure Authority interests are protected
  • Keep apprised of key policy issues including financial, public perception, political, environmental, operational, and others that impact the Authority. Recommend, obtain internal/external buy-in and approval, and implement actions necessary to ensure NYPA’s interests are served in state and local policy making. Provide policy briefings, presentations, and research memos, as needed. 
  • Cultivate productive relationships with legislators, policy makers, agency staff and other associated stakeholders
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with energy industry think tank groups, academia, other public local and State entities, and other policy leaders. Lead the Core Legislative Team within NYPA. Convene regular meetings and oversee the team’s preparation of presentations and summaries for delivery to the Executive Management Committee. 
  • Attend various legislative hearings, events and caucuses as deemed necessary by NYPA leadership
  • Serve as point of contact for NYPA with the Governor’s legislative affairs office
  • Work with Legal and other business units to evaluate legislative issues and recommend actions for NYPA

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Independent thinking, creative, proactive, and self-motivated with a positive, confident attitude. Ability to proactively address concerns or issues and work independently.
  • Strategic thinker with experience developing a long-term plan and ensuring its execution
  • Excellent judgment and discretion, ability to make decisions quickly and efficiently. Ability to work well under tight deadlines and respond to rapidly changing demands and fulfill efficient follow-up
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents
  • Strong negotiation/persuasive skills to generate internal and external support
  • Extensive knowledge of the issues facing the electric utility industry and the ability to express complex technical and legal concepts in layman’s terms
  • Excellent coaching skills
  • Understanding of policies and procedures, and experience evaluating management processes and implementing improvements preferred
  • Ability to support strategic change to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment 
  • Extensive knowledge of NYS Legislative process with ability to review, analyze and summarize prospective and enacted legislation
  • Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to lead and execute business initiatives and provide tactical planning
  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a trusted and collaborative relationship with senior executives across all business units

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Graduate degree (J.D. or MPA) preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years working with policy required, preferably with energy policy and/or public sector. Project management experience required, and energy experience preferred
  • Political campaign experience preferred
  • Minimum 3 years supervising/managing a team preferred
  • Utility or energy experience preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Approximately 40% travel primarily within NY State mostly to Albany 
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License

The New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is: $184,360-$210,000. The salary offered will be determined based on the successful candidates’ relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

 

The New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents and veterans to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, NYPA/Canals is committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect communities across New York and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race/color, creed/religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, disability, military status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy and related conditions, familial/marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest/criminal conviction record or any other category protected by law. 
 
NYPA/Canals will also provide reasonable accommodations during the hiring process related to candidates’ disabilities, pregnancy-related conditions, religious observances/practices and/or domestic violence concerns.  To request an accommodation, please email accessibility@nypa.gov. 

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