Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.
Brief Description
Responsible for identifying current and emerging key federal and state public policy issues that could have significant impact on Tri-State, analyzing the political environment associated with the issues, and preparing strategic and tactical recommendations for policy positions, and also responsible for monitoring and analyzing federal and state legislative regulatory initiatives. Represents the interests of Tri-State to external organizations, governmental entities, and legislators and their staff, as directed. Interacts with Tri-State internal staff, member systems, member system managers, and statewide rural electric associations as directed and appropriate. Monitors and analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory issues affecting Tri-State and its member systems.
NOTE: There is one position available and this position will be filled as a Government Relations Advisor I (NB17), Government Relations Advisor II (NB19), Government Relations Advisor III (NB21) or Senior Government Relations Advisor (NB23).  This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Detailed Description
Represent the interests of Tri-State to external organizations, governmental entities, and legislators and their staff, as directed.
Interact with Tri-State internal staff, member systems, member system managers, and statewide rural electric associations as directed and appropriate.
Monitor and analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory issues affecting Tri-State and its member systems.
Support and maintain a tracking system to provide the status of various issues and positions, both internally and externally, in conjunction with the Senior Manager, Government Relations.
Write position papers, letters, and resolutions on various issues and prepare comments and testimony for submission to governmental entities.
Maintain appropriate contacts with legislative and regulatory officials at the federal and state levels.
Maintain appropriate contacts with trade associations, attends meetings and represents Tri-State policies.
Provide input and guidance to member systems on Tri-State issues and developments.
Undertake special assignments in areas related to external and governmental relations and member programs, as directed.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
Perform other related duties as assigned
Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
Education and Training
Bachelor's degree in political science, communications, business or related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Knowledge of local, state, and federal legislation and regulations affecting the rural electric utility industry.
Ability to analyze and strategize issues.
Ability to effectively communicate by both written and oral means.
Eight (8) years of progressive related experience, including working with federal and state governmental issues.
Strong energy related experience.
Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
Electric cooperative experience desired.
The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Government Relations Advisor. Those with less experience will be hired at the Level I, II or III.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. Frequent exposure to weather and traffic when traveling. Majority of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.
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