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 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.
AGA is located between Union Station and the Capitol building. We offer medical and dental coverage, as well as 401(k) matching and non-contributory contributions to the retirement plan. We offer subsidized transit, tuition reimbursement, performance-based merit increases, a discretionary bonus program and employees have access to a no-cost onsite fitness center.
AGA is a four-time winner of The Washington Post's Top Workplace award and World At Work's Seal of Distinction in 2017.
AGA is currently seeking candidates for the following:
Director, State Affairs
The Director, State Affairs functions as a key liaison and lobbyist for the AGA state government relations practice area, developing and maintaining positive working relationships and communications with state legislative and regulatory officials, as well as related staff, while providing support to the Vice President, Governmental Affairs & Public Policy in his/her responsibilities with state legislative and regulatory advocacy programs.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Direct the identification, monitoring, and analyzation of state regulation and legislation and relevant state policy.
- Support the Association’s government relations goals by lobbying, building coalitions and expanding relationships with key decision-makers, policymakers, governors, mayors and public utility commissions.
- Participate in the development of policy positions, strategies, and execution of tactics to influence state legislative and regulatory activity.
- Support the Vice President’s efforts to inform, coordinate and mobilize member company representatives and other interested parties (coalitions) to pursue AGA’s government relations goals.
- Advise and inform state level officials and other key stakeholders of policy positions and issues.
- Coordinate the materials needed to effectively advocate AGA’s state legislative and regulatory policy positions.
- Assist Vice President with the preparation, forecasting, monitoring and tracking of the relevant aspects of the Governmental Affairs & Public Policy budget.
- Direct and, as appropriate, conduct research, develop analysis and coordinate collateral materials for use in public policy outreach and communications.
- Work with Communications Department to refine messages and produce collateral materials to advance priority policy objectives.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Association to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies and member service programs.
- Ensure consistently strong relationships with members and associates of NARUC.
Knowledge and Capability Requirements:
- Minimum five to seven years of legislative, regulatory, lobbying or political experience in a support position
- Understanding of the legislative process, political fundraising and campaigns and/or public relations
- Some contacts and relationships with mayors, governors or public utility commissioners
- Strong interpersonal and oral and written communications skills
- Strong administrative, computer and internet skills
- Exceptional organizational skills
- Able to work well under pressure, manage quickly shifting priorities and meet deadlines
- Approximately 50% domestic travel required
- Bachelor’s degree in related discipline required
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation expectations to email@example.com with "Director, State Affairs" in the subject line.
Director, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
Roles & Responsibilities:
The Director is a lobbyist, public and coalition liaison for AGA and is responsible for several of AGA’s federal affairs goals and programs. The roles and responsibilities include:
- Identifying, monitoring, analyzing and influencing government policies, legislation and regulations development of policies, positions and goals.
- Lobbying Congress on behalf of the natural gas utility industry on a broad range of energy policies, including energy tax incentives, appliance standards, building codes and standards, safe and responsible natural gas production, climate change, and appropriations related to the low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) and weatherization.
- Drafting and analyzing legislation, identifying potential impacts to AGA’s members.
- Leading AGA’s outreach efforts to other organizations to gain their support for AGA priorities.
- Building coalitions and expanding relationships with key decision-makers and policy makers.
- Informing and coordinating and mobilizing member companies and other interested parties (coalitions) to pursue AGA’s goals.
- Assisting in the development of AGA polices, positions and goals and execution of strategies to achieve those goals.
- Working with the members of the Legislative Committee to develop and execute legislative and regulatory policy positions.
- Serving as Staff Executive for the relevant task forces such as the Energy task force, under the Legislative Committee.
- Taking a leading or supporting role on AGA issue teams that require legislative or regulatory activity.
- Representing AGA at political fundraising events and organizing fundraising events for Federal candidates.
Experience, Capabilities and Requirements:
- Lobbyist with 3 to 5 years of legislative, regulatory, lobbying or political experience.
- Understanding of the workings of Congress and relevant congressional committees, federal regulatory agencies and departments, political fundraising and campaigns and public relations.
- Contacts and relationships with members of congress, senior and junior congressional staff and administration officials.
- Experience in fundraising.
- A college degree is required; graduate degree or graduate course work is preferred.
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Director, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy" in the subject line.
Manager, PAC and Events
Roles & Responsibilities:
The Manager supports the legislative functions of the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy department. Roles and Responsibilities include:
- Cover House and Senate committees as needed, including writing detailed summaries of the hearings and distributing them to the Legislative Committee in a timely manner.
- Track the introduction and progression of legislation, providing detailed and timely analysis to the Legislative Committee.
- Meet with Members of Congress and their staffs.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of the AGA activities associated with federal elections.
- Plan conference off-sites, including all logistical considerations and planning involved with host locations.
Political Action Committee (GASPAC)
- Promote GASPAC to AGA membership and Capitol Hill;
- Increase the size of GASPAC by educating AGA’s membership and reaching new donors to include drafting consent and solicitation letters, and peer-to-peer solicitations by phone, meetings, and fundraising events;
- Establish and maintain relationships with industry professionals and Hill and campaign staffs.
- Serve as principal point of contact for GASPAC and GASPAC administrative expenses;
- Process and maintain all records of political contributions and disbursements;
- Coordinate lobby disclosure and reporting (including quarterly and bi-annual reports);
- Prepare fundraising reports and other GASPAC reports/charts for GASPAC Committee and Board meetings.
- Coordinate, manage, and follow up on GASPAC fundraisers and events which involves coordinating with both member companies and other utility associations (i.e. EEI and NEI)
- Create and distribute GASPAC quarterly newsletter to all GASPAC contributors
Knowledge and Capability Requirements
- Undergraduate degree in related field, preferably in Political Science
- Minimum three years of Capitol Hill (legislative) and three years of political action committee experience, preferably in a trade association or corporate environment
- Understanding of the legislative and appropriations process
- Knowledge of FEC law and filing requirements
- Event planning and fundraising experience
- Excellent oral and written communications skills; strong attention to detail
- Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and creativity
- Ability to produce the highest quality work under tight time constraints
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation expectations to email@example.com with "Manager, PAC and Events" in the subject line.
Senior Staff Associate, Operations and Engineering Services
- Provide administrative support to several O&E staff executives, including project and meeting support and travel arrangements.
- Support critical Operations Section (O&E) programs and technical committees, including announcements, event logistics (A/V, room assignments, catering, etc.), meeting materials preparation and dissemination, and posting documents to AGA’s website and committee SharePoint site.
- Proofread and format publications and other documents, make editorial corrections, and provide publication support.
- Support Operations Section SOS Survey Program. Format and create online surveys with Survey Monkey. Disseminate surveys, download responses, format summaries, submit for legal review, and post to website.
- Coordinate and conduct ballots for engineering group codes, standards, publications, and technical papers.
- Use CVENT to establish online registration for events/meetings and review/modify event pages as needed.
- Work with Meeting Services to coordinate meeting logistics for various O&E events and serve as the primary contact for hotel and catering staff. Ensure AGA meets contractual obligations with event hotels. Provide necessary support for in-house and out of the office meetings.
- Creates and organizes web site pages as needed.
- Maintain Committee, Discussion Group and Task Group rosters in netFORUM.
- Travel to Operating Section meetings, workshops or other events to provide on-site administrative support when requested.
- Create Professional Development Hours (PDH) claim forms; process forms, prepare and send verification letters to members who claim PDH hours for designated Operations Section events.
- Provide support to member company representatives/committee members to help them with access to AGA resources including website and SharePoint.
- Process invoices for approval.
- Engage in interdepartmental team activities.
Knowledge and Capability Requirements:
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access), creating tables, charts and graphics and working with long and/or complex documents.
- Detail oriented.
- Excellent organization skills.
- Good analytical skills.
- Ability to manage multiple assignments and use time productively on highest priorities.
- Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and efficiently.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a team to accomplish team goals.
- Demonstrated strong experience providing administrative, clerical and event support.
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating compensation expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Senior Staff Associate, Operations and Engineering Services" in the subject line.