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Manager, North American Relations

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Washington DC Full-Time
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Manager, North American Relations

Position Summary

The Manager, North American Relations reports to the Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, and serves as a key liaison between NERC and non-U.S. reliability stakeholders, including Canadian provincial, Mexican federal governments and agencies, as well as CAMPUT, and the Canadian Electricity Association. The Manager will assist the Director to advance NERC’s policy and strategic interests by identifying and leveraging opportunities to strengthen the North American nature of NERC’s programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Manager, North American Relations will:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with Canadian and Mexican stakeholder groups focused on bulk power system reliability, including:

o   Facilitate cooperation between NERC and the Regions with Canadian and Mexican stakeholders.

o   Identify, attend or facilitate NERC representation at meetings/conferences as necessary to foster international relationships.  

o   Coordinate program-area-specific meetings as necessary to enhance collaboration between NERC and Canadian or Mexican stakeholder groups, including working groups formed under NERC’s MOU with Mexico.

o   Maintain relationships with Canada and Mexico embassy staff and facilitate education and awareness of NERC initiatives with those audiences. 

  • Establish and maintain relationships with Canadian and Mexican regulatory authorities, including:
  • Manage planning, preparation, and agenda development for annual meeting between the NERC Board and Canadian and Mexican regulators.

o   Maintain contacts with key staff, and serve as NERC liaison to these entities on reliability and security matters.

o   Monitor provincial regulators activity related to NERC programs.

  • Work strategically with NERC, the Regions, and stakeholders to enhance cross-border coordination and education of NERC program areas. Specifically:
  • Maintain awareness of issues and concerns related to NERC initiatives as identified by Canadian and Mexico stakeholders and regulators. When needed, facilitate solutions within NERC and, as appropriate, ERO enterprise staff.
  • Manage quarterly conference calls between Regional Entity staff responsible for international affairs. 
  • Assist NERC program efforts related to standards, compliance, legal and other departments as it relates to Canada and Mexico. 
  • Facilitate opportunities to promote NERC program efforts with stakeholders and policymakers in Canada and Mexico. This includes communication of special and periodic reports such as the long-term, winter and summer seasonal assessments, and state of reliability report.
  • Identify opportunities for training, education and participation in meetings related to NERC programs for Canadian and Mexican stakeholders.  
  • Facilitate communication efforts for External Affairs related to Canada and Mexico:
  •                                                               i.      Management of information on NERC website.

                                                                ii.      Monitor Canadian and Mexican press for issues related to energy reliability and external affairs audiences.

                                                              iii.      Report on important issues and trends related to reliability and security matters.

                                                               iv.      Monitor Canadian and Mexican policies, regulations, and actions as they relate to cross-border and bulk power system issues. 

  • In addition, the Manager, North American Relations will perform other duties as assigned by the Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs including, but not limited to, facilitating interactions with international delegations, international associations, NARUC, and other external affairs efforts as needed.

Qualifications

·         A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, or equivalent experience.

·         Ten years electric industry experience and regulatory/government affairs experience.

·         Ability to manage priorities in order to meet set milestones and deadlines.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Ability and willingness to travel regularly.

Additional desired attributes include:

·         Experience working with Canadian and Mexican industry stakeholders and policymakers highly desired.

  • Bilingual (English, Spanish and/or French).

·         Strong working knowledge of NERC’s programs.

Other

·         Background check will be conducted prior to employment.

·         In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

·         Travel necessary: Passport required for North American travel.

·         This position has been classified as exempt.

Job is located in Washington, DC; Atlanta may also be considered.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and salary history in electronic format to hr@nerc.net

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Effective Reliability Standards that are clear, consistent and technically sound, coupled with a strong standards enforcement program, form the foundation of NERC’s efforts to help maintain and improve the reliability of North America’s bulk power system. NERC provides a number of additional programs and services designed to support owners, operators and users of the bulk power system in their efforts to attain operational excellence. These include identifying issues before they have a chance to become critical, sharing best practices, supporting training and education, monitoring the international electric grid, benchmarking performance to provide the industry with an objective lens through which to view itself, and more as described below.

Reliability Standards
Reliability Standards are the planning and operating rules that electric utilities follow to ensure the most reliable system possible. These standards are developed by the industry using a balanced, open, fair and inclusive process managed by the NERC Standards Committee. The Committee is facilitated by NERC staff and comprised of representatives from many electric industry sectors.

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