The Government Relations Liaison will report to the Section Lead – External Relations and will represent the interests of NREL to Colorado congressional delegates, as well as other governmental entities, nongovernmental organizations, legislators, and their staff. The Government Relations Liaison is responsible for establishing and enhancing relationships with key Congressional stakeholders, with the priority being those in Colorado. The Government Relations Liaison will be responsible for proactive communications to ensure NREL stakeholders in Colorado, and federally in coordination with our external partners, are informed/educated on NREL’s research, which will help lay a foundation of knowledge and advance the laboratory’s mission and reputation.
KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES, PRIMARY FUNCTIONS
- The Government Relations Liaison, in collaboration with NREL’s executive leadership and other pertinent parties, will develop and execute strategic communications for external stakeholders, with an emphasis on those congressional stakeholders in Colorado.
- The Liaison will respond to stakeholder inquiries in a timely and professional manner while also identifying opportunities to establish and enhance relationships, as well as educate Colorado governmental audiences on NREL’s research.
- The Government Relations Liaison will develop and maintain working relationships with the Colorado congressional delegation’s staffers, and with staffers in other relevant governmental entities.
- The Government Relations Liaison will coordinate with our external partners as appropriate to work with other state, and/or international organizations; think tanks; and other nongovernmental organizations in which NREL may need to participate/engage.
- The Liaison will stay on top of developments in Federal legislation for awareness and identify opportunities that align with issues of interest to relevant committees, congressional staff, and members of Congress on an as-requested basis.
- The Government Relations Liaison will develop briefing materials for both NREL leadership and congressional stakeholders (e.g., issue papers, briefing slides, and handouts).
- The Government Relations Liaison will work with NREL leaders and researchers to prepare written and oral testimony and assist in the preparation of delivering testimony.
- The Government Relations Liaison will regularly report on Federal activity, including his/her insights, to the Section Lead – External Relations, Director of Communications and NREL executive leadership.
- The Government Relations Liaison is an integral member of NREL’s stakeholder relations team and will work collaboratively, as a strategic partner, to accomplish the goals of the organization.
- The Liaison will work with NREL’s events team to prepare for visits and host congressional members and congressional staffers when they visit NREL.
- The Government Relations Liaison will demonstrate behavior consistent with NREL’s culture and core values. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with NREL’s culture, policies, and business practices, including being agile when situations require you to adjust work and expectations. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within NREL.
- The Government Relations Liaison will perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in communications, marketing or related field and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Or, Master's Degree in communications, marketing or related field and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Or, PhD in communications, marketing or related field and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
- Demonstrated ability to effectively build relationships with key members of Congress.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate information to key members of Congress.
- Experience working as a congressional staffer either for a member or for a committee.
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