Careers at AGA
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 72 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent more than 68 million customers receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.
AGA is seeking candidates for the following positions:
Manager, Policy Strategy
The manager will further AGA’s ongoing efforts to maintain strategic alliances with energy efficiency and environmental advocacy organizations, research institutions, and industry groups and will serve as a key point of contact to these organizations. The manager will communicate to these stakeholders the contributions that natural gas utilities are making to public policy goals including energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and economic competitiveness.
Responsibilities include: serve as a respected, credible source for AGA members, federal/state agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the opportunities for natural gas to contribute to clean, resilient, and efficient energy systems; build trusted relationships with key environmental, efficiency advocates/organizations, research organizations, and other industry groups, and through these relationships increase awareness of federal, state and local policies that recognize the benefits of the directed and distributed use of natural gas; contribute to policy development related to the role of natural gas in a smart energy future; monitor state level energy efficiency programs and policies that could influence the substance or implementation of federal energy efficiency standards; assist in drafting official AGA comments and submittals to federal agencies; respond to information requests; represent AGA at multi-stakeholder workshops and roundtables; conduct research, compose memoranda, reports, presentations, and collateral materials for use in public policy outreach and communications campaigns; develop and produce workshops and webinars for stakeholder education.
The position requires a graduate degree in economics, law, public policy or related field; excellent verbal and written communications skills; an understanding of the utility business model and a focus on consumer needs; familiarity with government programs related to clean energy technologies; proficiency with research and analysis using quantitative and qualitative tools, including economic and financial analysis, statistics and simple modeling skills; the ability to build and maintain strong relationships across diverse interest groups. Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred.
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Manager, Policy Strategy” in the subject line.
Managing Director, Safety, Operations & Engineering Advocacy
The Managing Director will lead AGA's natural gas pipeline safety and operations advocacy efforts, including strategy development, background research, regulatory analysis, development of comments, and preparation of docket filings. S/he will advocate AGA positions before the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) and will develop materials and provide advocacy support in connection with congressional hearings, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearings and investigations, and Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations. The Managing Director will be Staff Executive to the Operations Safety Regulatory Action Committee and will serve on AGA task groups and industry teams seeking to develop and implement regulatory objectives.
The position requires knowledge in regulations and standards relevant to the natural gas distribution and intrastate transmission industry, preferably with experience dealing with operations and safety issues; working knowledge of natural gas distribution and transmission systems, pipeline safety and occupational safety legislation; ability to communicate complex technical issues clearly, both orally and in writing, to both technical and non-technical audiences; ability to successfully negotiate with outside organizations and regulatory agencies; ability to facilitate meetings of individuals with diverse opinions into consensus positions.
Candidates must have earned an engineering degree, law degree, or equivalent experience in natural gas pipeline design, construction, operations and maintenance; have experience preparing and submitting responses to proposed regulations to regulatory agencies; have successfully completed from start to finish in determining the impact of a proposed rule or legislation, developing a consensus position and bringing forth the position to the regulatory agency through either comments submitted or negotiation; have demonstrated successful project management skills within budget and timeline.
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating your compensation requirements to email@example.com with Managing Director, Safety, Operations & Engineering Advocacy in the subject line.
Counsel, Environment and Energy
Roles and responsibilities of the Counsel position include representing AGA in stakeholder and agency meetings on environmental issues; drafting comments on environmental regulatory proposals, coordinating input from members to reach consensus; and reviewing, analyzing and summarizing environmental and energy efficiency regulatory and legislative proposals. Additional responsibilities will include researching legal and policy issues as needed for comments or testimony; drafting analyses and summaries to keep members informed of regulatory developments; attending and providing concise summaries of hearings and briefings; preparing reports, presentations and collateral materials for use in public policy outreach and communications; developing and maintaining federal environmental regulatory content for AGA website; and working collaboratively with the Regulatory Affairs team and others at AGA.
The position requires legal research capability; excellent writing skills and ability to communicate complex subjects clearly to a range of audiences; strong relationship building, problem solving and verbal communication skills; ability to work harmoniously as part of a team, and to maintain strong and productive relationships with work colleagues, AGA members and others; ability to take direction, work independently and coordinate work with others; and proven ability to manage multiple projects in a professional manner to meet deadlines and manage resources.
Experience requirements include J.D. and admission to a state bar; interest in environmental, energy and administrative law and policy and preferably 2-5 years of experience in environmental regulatory policy (private practice, energy industry, association, government or NGO).
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Counsel, Environment and Energy” in the subject line.
Reporting to the Vice President, the communications specialist is a key member of the Communications team and helps in the execution of the association’s communications and marketing efforts. The specialist will assist in the development of AGA’s communications products and collaborate with all members of the Communications team, staff, and membership to conceive, plan and produce materials. This position will include some support and administrative duties such as managing press clips, updating media lists and fact sheets and assisting with media event planning.
The communications specialist will write and edit material for industry and member communications including AGA’s website and social media programs as well as press releases, fact sheets and newsletters for media, members and other external audiences. S/he will assist in preparing speeches and presentations for delivery by AGA leadership to its membership, media and other key external audiences. The specialist will assist the Director of Public Relations in building and managing relationships with representatives of key media outlets and stakeholder organizations and with the planning and execution of public relations programs including media outreach planning, press conferences and media events; interviews with AGA and industry leaders; article placements; and outreach to the public and key stakeholders.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree in Communications or related discipline. Minimum two years experience in the media/communications field as a journalist, writer, or editor, preparing communications materials for a variety of audiences, preferably in energy-related and/or industry association organizations is essential. Excellent writing, editorial capability and communications skills including social media (blogging, Twitter, Facebook) are required. The position requires a strong customer service orientation.
Trade association experience and working knowledge of natural gas industry issues and terminology are desirable. For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation requirements to email@example.com with Communications Specialist in the subject line.