Monday, September 9, 2013

PAC Advisor -- NRECA

Political Action Committee (PAC) Program Advisor - NRECA - Arlington, VA, US To Apply: Job description The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 40 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years: • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields, they are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting and constantly evolving and requiring new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. NRECA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or any status that is protected by law. Summary The Action Committee for Rural Electrification, ACRE is NRECA’s political action committee. ACRE was formed in 1966 with the mission of making the voice of rural electric cooperative consumers heard in the U.S. Congress. Currently, ACRE is among the top 100 largest PACs in the nation with over 29,000 individuals contributing. ACRE is truly a grassroots PAC. Nearly 6,000 of our members are electric co-op consumer-owners who have joined the ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action Committee. The ACRE Program Advisor is to actively interact with statewides and local Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) to develop and implement sound ACRE fundraising plans that will retain and recruit new contributors to ACRE Co-op Owners For Political Action. Develop material, videos and any other items of use in this effort. Must be able to establish rapport and credibility; have good communication and writing skills in order to be effective. Candidate must be familiar with federal (FEC) and state PAC laws. Must be politically savvy and have campaign experience. Purpose and Mission • Manage all aspects of the Co-op Owners outreach program, including serving as lead facilitator for statewides and local RECs in the creation of ACRE strategic planning efforts. • Implement new initiatives authorized by the NRECA board of directors to educate cooperatives on the importance of being politically active and supporting ACRE and ACRE Co-op Owners. • Create and implement ACRE Co-op Owners For Political Action contributor programs targeted to reach Member-Owners. Write, edit and oversee production of material, supporting documentation as needed to inform cooperative of these programs and assist their implementation at the local level. • Manage, coordinate, and continually seek to increase membership and lead “on the ground implementation” of programs by visiting individual cooperatives and statewides and by providing additional guidance in the established procedures, practices and policy guidelines established by the Federal Election Commission. • Effectively communicate to ACRE contributors in writing and through oral presentations using video, websites and other means to inspire and maintain commitment to ACRE programs. • Design and develop customized communications vehicles for cooperatives to inform grassroots advocates on local and national issues utilizing, electronic communication strategies and video. • Write, layout, and produce electronic quarterly ACRE Action and ACRE Co-op Owners Newsletters. • Assist in planning and implementing yearly ACRE CEO academies, ACRE workshops and ACRE Training camp. • Build and continue relationships with local and statewide PAC staff. • Assure compliance of ACRE programs with federal law. • Become an expert in the importance of NRECA legislative issues and communicate this to employees and member-owners. • 20 – 25% travel to cooperatives and statewides upon request and must be capable of working independently away from office. • ADDITIONAL DUTIES a) Attend NABPAC, PAC Briefings and FEC seminars upon request b) Interact with fast-paced lobbying team c) Understand protocols for working with elected officials. d) Attend weekly ACRE meetings Requirements and Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree • 2+ years of PAC/Campaign/Hill experience • Working knowledge of FEC Regulations and Accounting • Proven project skills with an emphasis on the development and implementation of new and innovative ways to solicit members; Must be able to manage multiple projects at various stages of development and customize for unique situations • Excellent interpersonal communication, presentation and persuasion skills; ability to work with diverse groups such as membership and co-op consumers • Must be able to work across departments including IT, Finance and Membership About this company NRECA Following companyUnfollow companyFollow company The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) represents the national interests of consumer-owned electric utilities. With headquarters in Arlington, VA, NRECA provides centralized management resources and services to more than 900 electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million consumers. Founded nearly 70 years ago, NRECA is actively engaged in regulatory, legislative and legal efforts that sustain the competitiveness of generation, transmission and distribution cooperatives. Over the years, NRECA has developed other critical products and services to create efficiencies for our members: providing the full spectrum of employee benefits for cooperative employees; managing the national brand Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives; training and certifying board directors, managers, and employees; conducting research and facilitating technology transfer; publishing a magazine and an online newspaper; maintaining a robust internet portal and numerous websites; and managing economic development projects in developing countries through NRECA International Ltd. Our employees will tell you that NRECA's mission is one worth joining, as recognized by: * Computerworld -- 100 Best Places to Work in IT * The Washingtonian -- Great Places to Work * Northern Virginia Family Service -- CARE Award * AARP -- Best Employers for People Over 50 The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) offers competitive wages and a world-class portfolio of employee benefits that includes a variety of options that allows our employees to customize their coverage to meet their individual needs. NRECA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or any status that is protected by law.

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