Director, Regulatory & Governmental Relations

Lee County Electric Cooperative   •  

North Fort Myers, FL

Industry: Energy / Utilities


15+ years

Posted 347 days ago

Description JOB TITLE: Director, Regulatory and Governmental Relations
Chief Risk/Compliance Officer
Position Number: D3D002
Department: Compliance
FLSA Status: Exempt
Division: Corporate
Location: NFM
Work Hours: 8-5, M-F

Position Summary: The Director, Regulatory and Governmental Relations, who also serves as the Company’s Chief Risk/Compliance Officer, oversees LCEC risk management and regulatory/governmental interfaces as well as compliance programs related to fiduciary, operational, technical and regulatory requirements. The position leads corporate activities aimed at strengthening the LCEC approach to manage risk and maintain a sound control and compliance environment. The Director also oversees the administration of the LCEC wholesale power agreement and is the primary interface with LCEC’s power supplier, Florida Power & Light.

Position Responsibilities:
• Identify and monitor various existing and emerging legal and regulatory requirements with which LCEC must comply.
• Serve as the LCEC primary contact with the Florida Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on regulatory issues.
• Establish programs and procedures to ensure compliance and prevent illegal, unethical and improper conduct.
• Ensure subject programs are communicated and institutionalized throughout the Company.
• Monitor Company compliance with relevant standards and procedures, including applicable NERC standards.
• Report compliance efforts and results to the Board of Trustees and senior management.
• Identify elements of financial, operational, technical, regulatory or enterprise business risk.
• Oversee environmental and occupational health and safety and worker’s compensation functions.
• Oversee corporate property and casualty insurance programs and loss claims functions.
• Ensure that identified risks are appropriately considered or addressed.
• Review the Company’s existing compliance policies and procedures to identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk.
• Collaborate with the appropriate department(s) to develop, initiate, maintain and revise policies and procedures designed to avoid or minimize compliance risks.
• Identify new and revised applicable rules, regulations, standards and related trends that are relevant to the Compliance Program and oversee necessary modifications to policies and procedures.
• Provide reports on the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
• Monitor performance of the Compliance Program and related activities with periodic audits, and direct the development and implementation of steps to improve effectiveness.
• Conduct investigations into compliance concerns or allegations, implement appropriate interventions and direct the development and implementation of countermeasures for problematic issues.
• Oversee LCEC key account activities.
• Serve as the primary contact for, as well as administer and coordinate activities associated with the LCEC-FPL full requirements wholesale power agreement.
• Act as the LCEC Alternate Director on the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council.
• Ensure that Internal Audit examines and evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of the organization’s system of internal controls and quality of performance.
• Work with Leadership Team to establish and maintain an appropriate compliance culture.
• Maintain effective working relationships with employees and customers at all levels within LCEC. Ensure smooth operations, productive communications, and effective understanding during all interpersonal contacts. Provide current and accurate information to all requesters, courteously and in a timely manner.
Requirements Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field and a minimum of fifteen (15) years’ electric utility experience including primary responsibility for interpreting rules, regulations, policies and contracts and developing, implementing and monitoring compliance strategies.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for ethical conduct and compliance and strong personal character and commitment to integrity.
• Demonstrated advanced regulatory interpretative and compliance skills.
• A minimum of five (5) years of managerial experience.
• Proven competency in interpersonal skills, communications, self-motivation, visionary thinking and leadership.
• Proven competency in project planning and analytical skills including root cause, process improvement and action plans.
• Demonstrated competency in strategic thinking.

Desired Qualifications:
• Advanced degree in a business or technical field.
• Competency in effectuating positive outcomes when interacting with regulatory and governmental agencies.
• Experience in the development and oversight of workforce teams across departmental barriers.
• Basic understanding of general business practices, including accounting, auditing and operational practices.
• Business improvement technology or process improvement certification.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
• Physical Demands: Sitting at a desk referencing regulatory material and working at a computer terminal. Periodically will be required to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
• Work Environment: 85% Air Conditioned Office; 10% Field Activities; 5% Driving

Requisition Number 17-0058