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Executive Director

Organization: Maine Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Date Posted: 8/23/2022
City: Augusta
Location: Maine
Country: United States
Primary Category: Non-Profit Executive
Type of Position: Full-Time

DESCRIPTION & DETAILS

The Maine Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a not-for-profit association of renewable energy producers, suppliers of goods and services to those producers, and other supporters of this industry.

Our power producer members sustainably manufacture electricity from solar, wind, hydro, biomass and tidal. MREA represents the renewable power industry at the Maine State Legislature, before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and on other matters of importance to members, as needed.

MREA leads the local and statewide policy debate on renewable energy generation in Maine and works to ensure its efforts are united with those of its member companies. Acting as the eyes and ears of the industry is what MREA does best; recognizing its most valued asset is the vast knowledge, experience, and ingenuity of its membership.

The MREA Executive Director (ED) runs the day-to-day operations of MREA, in conjunction with the MREA Deputy Director. The ED oversees all legislative, regulatory and communications efforts on behalf of the industry in Maine. The ED will often be asked to advocate before various elected state officials, state regulatory agencies and engage frequently with Maine media outlets.

Primary functions include, but not limited to:
▪ Draft and deliver legislative testimony before various committees and implement industry strategies as identified by the Board of Directors (BOD);
▪ Participate in various stakeholder, study groups and commissions;
▪ Advance strategic communications in the media and other public outlets;
▪ Prepare BOD meeting agendas, lead the meeting and solicit member feedback;
▪ Draft memoranda, regulatory filings and testimony with member input and analysis;
▪ Manage contract lobbyists, lawyers and consultants, as needed;
▪ Provide member company support for projects before local permitting bodies when/where appropriate;
▪ Manage Association budget, propose annual budget to the BOD and track membership growth and retention; and
▪ Occasional in-state travel is necessary; primarily focused on the Augusta area.

Qualifications:
Qualified candidates should have a college degree and at least 5 years of experience in the political/energy arena. The ideal candidate has experience in and/or knowledge of energy/economic development issues, in addition to experience in the Maine State House and Maine Public Utilities Commission. Background in public communications and media relations would be a plus.

Reporting Structure:
The ED reports to the BOD, which is led by a six-person Executive Committee.

Compensation:
Competitive salary commensurate with experience, with full benefits.

MREA is an equal opportunity employer, and seeks to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, or ancestry, physical or mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital or civil union status, military service, citizenship, or any other characteristics and traits protected under applicable federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resumes to:
Meghan Leahy: meghan.leahy@nexteraenergy.com; and Andrea Nadeau: anadeau@bernsteinshur.com

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