Manages API’s midstream pipeline policy development and supports advocacy efforts on key member pipeline issues. Manages ongoing work through member subcommittees and policy groups in coordination with API Communications and Government Affairs departments.
Provides and coordinates analyses in support of assigned policy efforts to develop and support the external engagement of industry positions. Implements industry initiatives with the objective of supporting and advancing public policy to benefit API and its members. Develops and executes national, regional, and state-based strategies.
Provides a high level of expertise and holds responsibility for important functions and programs within API. Engages in annual operational planning pertaining to the function/unit.
Oversee technical pipeline Policy Groups and standards development processes in support of the Midstream segment and joint trade association safety initiatives and priorities. Actively communicate and collaborate throughout the organization (e.g., communications, federal and state government relations, legal, and economics departments) to develop and implement policy strategies.
- Leads scientific, technical, and administrative aspects of assigned subcommittees in relation to the oversight of natural gas gathering systems and transmission pipeline (oil and natural gas) research activities.
- Identifies new or emerging issues and enables members to prioritize and respond to issues. Develops consensus among members towards advocacy position development.
- Develops and implements strategies to that advance public policy and operational objectives established by multiple pipeline-focused committees. Collaborates with API committees, API staff, allied trades, coalitions, and other stakeholders to implement strategies.
- Provides creative, timely, and credible analyses of proposed standards, regulations, legislation, and policies related to pipelines; Analyses include identifying and prioritizing key safety and permitting issues, analyzing their potential impact to industry, assessing the feasibility of compliance, developing cost-effective, technically defensible alternative proposals, and preparing written comments for submission to government agencies.
- Establishes and maintains contact with the appropriate government representatives and stakeholders including key leadership to pursue opportunities to promote the industry’s issues.
- Executes projects and initiatives related to assigned subject matter including advocacy campaigns, research efforts, and API-organized stakeholder events as part of the implementation of an overall strategy.
- Contributes to the development of API policy positions in relation to the oversight of natural gas gathering systems and transmission pipeline (oil and natural gas) research activities.
- Prepares drafts of written comments and other formal communications (e.g., presentations) on behalf of API.
- Acts as an advocate for the pipeline industry and represents API with national, state, and local policy makers as well as private sector companies, the media, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
- Works closely with federal and state lobbyists from API and its member companies.
- Critically assesses US federal and state legislation/regulations and US participation in international negotiations that could be of impact to the assigned subject matter. Provides quick and concise information on public policy proposals as needed.
- Formulates recommendations for API positions on pipeline safety and permitting issues , response to policy making at US federal and state levels, and other communications to government that are consistent with API policy positions and research results.
- Represents API externally to promote a better understanding of the benefits of pipelines, and the pipeline industry’s commitment and priority place on safety before stakeholders and decision makers.
- Works with the Government Affairs Department to anticipate and identify legislative and regulatory opportunities and/or issues at the federal, state, and local levels to guide efforts appropriately to ensure consistency and alignment with API strategy on pipelines.
- Works with assigned work groups to ensure member company engagement in strategy development and execution.
- Participates in API committee and subcommittee meetings, as needed, to ensure strategy coordination and execution.
- Contributes expertise to create budgets for projects/functions. No spending authority or responsibility for revenue generation.
- Independently coordinate activities and share information with API technical and non-technical staff in other departments. Advises and coordinates activities with management and other staff working on these issues.
- Represents API to industry, third parties, governing bodies, and coalitions. Develops working relationships with senior agency personnel, in particular in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior.
- Works with committee/task force leadership to set priorities, develops strategies, and respond to regulations. Establishes and maintains relationships with operations and safety personnel in member companies, appropriate government offices, consultants, and academia.
- Manages and cultivates relationships with API membership and assigned committees.
- Builds and maintains relationships with external stakeholders, trade associations, academia, research institutes, consultants, and government agencies.
- Provides technical and procedural assistance to others (which may include vendors/agencies). Checks the results of work and provides guidance.
- Requires 7-10 years of experience in a similar role and subject matter expertise.
- Requires knowledge of key programmatic, operational, and financial issues and priorities.
- Bachelor's degree in relevant area, or other related field equivalent work experience.
- General knowledge of state legislative/regulatory environment and process.
- Willingness to travel and speak publicly on behalf of the organization.
- Has latitude in administering and interpreting operation policies, practices, and procedures within an assigned function or program (results are reviewed for achievement of program or unit objectives only).
- Ability to work both independently and collegially with others.
- Ability to work on several tasks/projects simultaneously under tight deadlines while maintaining high work quality.
- Strong network of policy experts.
- Ability to interpret and analyze federal regulations/legislation pertaining to the oil and natural gas industry and develop broad issue management strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze public policy issues and present them clearly and concisely in short memos, documents, and presentations.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.
- Experience with the oil and natural gas industry preferred.
- Excellent Written Communication, Verbal Communication, Planning, Organizing, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Interpersonal, and Emotional Intelligence Skills.
- Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Prolonged periods of standing.
- Capable of lifting to 20lbs on occasion.
Percentage of travel time expected for the position, where the travel occurs, such as locally or in specific countries or states, and whether the travel is overnight.
This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.