Careers at AGA

 

Careers at AGA

About 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 71 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:

Securiy & Operations Manager

The manager will lead and administer the work of the Natural Gas Security Committee and the initiatives of the Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force including, but not limited to, federal regulatory and legislative monitoring and review, website maintenance, publication development, workshop/webinar development, member survey review and semi-annual security meetings; participate in classified security briefings relevant to natural gas operations; participate actively in the Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council and appropriate public-private partnership initiatives related to physical and cybersecurity and develop timely synopses/updates of these activities as they relate to natural gas operations; provide subject matter support and coordination in the development of AGA positions on high-priority issues impacting member operations and engineering activities; manage budgets; provide technical support for industry data collection, analysis and summaries; organize and conduct industry workshops, seminars, conferences and roundtables by developing agendas, confirming speakers, leading discussions and giving presentations; maintain contact with key staff in appropriate government organizations such as DHS, DOT and DOE.

The position requires an awareness of security regulations and standards affecting the natural gas industry; general knowledge of natural gas distribution and transmission systems; demonstrated understanding of how the Federal government is structured regarding oversight of critical infrastructure sectors in which natural gas utilities operate, in particular, the Energy Sector (natural gas resiliency), Transportation Sector (natural gas pipelines), and Chemical Sector (underground natural gas storage, peak-shaving facilities and LNG); excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to communicate issues to technical and non-technical audiences; ability to develop, organize and conduct workshops and technical programs from start to finish; ability to develop and deliver presentations in public forums; ability to facilitate committee meetings; ability to successfully work on multi-disciplinary teams to accomplish team objectives; ability to integrate diverse opinions into consensus positions; ability to manage projects within established budgets and timetables; current security clearance (or eligibility to obtain a clearance); availability to travel.

Candidates must have experience in cybersecurity and physical security, preferably in natural gas operations; a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent industry experience) is preferred.

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation requirements to hr@aga.org with Security & Operations Manager in the subject line.

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 hr@aga.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 hr@aga.org with Managing Director, Safety, Operations & Engineering Advocacy in the subject line.

Engineering Services Manager, Peer Review Program (Part-time)

The Manager will serve as AGA’s lead on AGA member company peer reviews to include:  attending reviews for participating member companies throughout the U.S. and Canada; serving as AGA’s subject matter expert on topics such as Safety Culture, Technical Training & Worker Procedures, Pipeline Safety Risk Management, Construction Contractor Relations, Quality Management, Damage Prevention, Emergency Preparedness & Public Awareness, and Workforce Development & Succession Planning; leading a subject review team during a company’s peer review, including keeping the team on time and task, asking questions of those being interviewed, ensuring the review team has materials necessary to effectively conduct the review, and serving as AGA’s liaison with the host company; developing daily summaries of each review; developing an executive summary of key observations and findings to be used for the host company’s debriefing; partnering with member companies on scheduling and coordinating the reviews; determining peer companies to participate in each review; obtaining executive and subject matter experts from peer companies to participate in reviews; organizing and conducting industry workshops, roundtables and webinars by developing agendas, confirming speakers, leading discussions, and giving presentations.

The position requires a knowledge of natural gas distribution and transmission systems; an awareness of regulations affecting the natural gas industry; excellent communications skills, both verbal and written; an ability to communicate technical issues to technical and non-technical audiences; the ability to develop and deliver presentations in public forums; excellent facilitation skills; the ability to successfully work on multi-disciplinary teams to accomplish team goals; the ability to integrate diverse opinions into consensus positions; project management skills.

The Manager must be available to travel.  It is not necessary to be located in the Washington, DC area.  Bachelor’s degree preferred (or equivalent industry experience).

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation requirements to hr@aga.org with Engineering Services Manager, Peer Review Program (Part-time) in the subject line.

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