Advocacy & Political Affairs Coordinator - Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Des Moines
- Full Time
Responsible for the coordination of the association’s award-winning grassroots advocacy program known/branded as “Iowa Rural Power”.
Conducts grassroots trainings for IAEC member cooperatives and their management teams, employees and boards of directors.
Manages and executes the association’s legislative activation process through the VoterVoice platform and is also responsible for any necessary troubleshooting with the vendor, FiscalNote.
Collaborates with Director of Government Relations (GR), Regulatory Affairs (RA) and Legal Counsel in creating talking points for advocates for state and federal policy issues.
Coordinates with the cooperative membership regarding the details for any Federal or State Capitol visits. Will be called upon to assist individual cooperatives with visits to the Statehouse.
Manages the Government Relations department and Iowa Rural Power’s online and social media content by working with Pioneer Utility Resources who serves as the social media consultant through the Sprout Social platform.
Help write and produce weekly (during the Iowa legislative session) informational newsletter for cooperative member audiences on legislative issues. Will collaborate with the Director of GR regarding content and timing.
Develop, maintain, and administer website content for the Government Relations department using www.iaruralpower.org which includes uploading and updating content and the IAEC’s legislative bill tracker information.
Prepare and deliver presentations about grassroots trends, tips and best practices to cooperative employees, board directors and other allied organization audiences.
May be asked to attend member cooperative annual meetings, staff meetings and board meetings to highlight grassroots efforts and to recruit and motivate advocates.
Works closely with other association departments for help executing GR events such as the Welcome Back Reception (Tuesday evening of 1st week of session), REC Day on the Hill (typically mid/late March), etc., while taking the lead on certain aspects of each event.
Responsible for planning events and meetings for the Iowa REC delegation that attends the NRECA Legislative Conference (Spring) and the IAEC Legislative Fly-in (Fall), both held in Washington, DC. Position requires attendance for both events to help facilitate event logistics and member services.
Serves as the association’s PAC (Iowa Friends of Rural Electrification) administrator and carry out marketing, soliciting, collection, PAC auction functions. Manages the accounting firm who carries out accounting, data entry and reporting. Serves as the main point of contact for IAEC’s national association affiliate that manages the Federal PAC (Action Committee for Rural Electrification). Assists the GR Director with strategy and planning. Responsible for the planning and execution of the PAC Auction held during the IAEC’s annual meeting (Late Nov/Early Dec).
Assists in the management, strategy, and administration of the IAEC’s 501(c)4 arm known officially as the Iowa Rural Power Education Foundation.
Physical, Mental, and Visual Effort
This position requires being in a seated position for continuous periods of times.
Continuous mental and visual concentration requiring attention to detail and accuracy.
Must be able to comprehend complex public policy issues and help explain the information in a way this is efficiently disseminated to the membership.
Tasks require constant alertness and considerable mental concentration due to degree of difficulty, irregularity, and variety.
Stress associated with working with various perspectives voiced by the association membership, work pace, and pressures that are common during the legislative session.
This position requires travel both in and out of state. Applicant should have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a company/association fleet vehicle.
Primarily normal office environment when at IAEC offices on 86th & Douglas in Urbandale.
May be necessary to work at times from a local cooperative office during grassroots trainings which will also be a typically normal office environment.
It may also be necessary to perform work duties while at the Iowa Capitol Building or the locations of the various conferences that the IAEC attends and/or hosts.
Preferred applicant would have a four-year degree in political science, marketing, communications, business or another related field or the equivalent work experience in the legislative/advocacy arena
Preferred applicant would have previous experience in policy/advocacy/politics having shown strong communication performance with the ability to complete tasks using excellent written and verbal skills.
Skills and Abilities
Applicant must be adept in human and interpersonal relations with an emphasis on excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Must have the ability to focus on membership service and perform presentations in front of others including in large group (up to 100 people) settings when necessary.
Must be able to comfortably demonstrate working as part of a team while looking for opportunities to employ leadership skills.
Must be able to handle multiple projects at a time. Excellent computer skills are required with an understanding of modern social media platforms.
Proven skills in project management such as planning, organizing, coordination, execution, and oversight. Understanding and proficiency in the grassroots niche of legislative/public affairs is highly preferred.
Applicant should generally be able show successful problem-solving skills.
Salary is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. The IAEC offers an attractive benefits plan that includes access to health insurance (medical, vision, dental), life insurance, pension plan, and 401k plan.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Kevin Condon. No phone calls, please.
The deadline to apply for the position is 5 PM on Monday, November 21st.
About the IAEC:
The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives is a trade association established to support the interests of member-owned electric cooperatives, including 39 distribution co-ops and nine generation and transmission co-ops. Formed in 1942, IAEC aims to unify and empower Iowa's electric cooperatives through legislative representation, regulatory oversight, training and education services, safety programs, communications support and advocacy.