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Legislative & Regulatory Program Manager
Please apply directly on our website: smud.org/careers

This position is a non-Civil Service (at-will) position with a salary range of: $134,012 - $177,510.

Come join one of the most progressive utilities in the nation. SMUD is seeking a highly engaged regulatory affairs professional to provide vision, leadership and expertise for SMUD’s interactions with state regulatory agencies and relevant stakeholders.
This position provides overall direction  to proactively track regulatory developments, develop SMUD’s positions and policies on regulatory activities and get executive approval as appropriate, represent SMUD with state industry associations, and advocate SMUD’s interest before state regulatory agencies.

Lead SMUD’s relationship building, analysis, strategy, and influence in all levels of government, legislative, and regulatory arenas related to, and consistent with, SMUD’s overall business strategy, directives and goals; serves as a primary point of contact within SMUD for local, state and federal government agencies; advises executive management on government activities, trends, policies, legislation, regulations, and anticipated actions.

Nature & Scope: This is a multiple position, non-civil service classification that represents SMUD in local, state, and federal government settings and organizations.  Positions organize and manage SMUD teams typically consisting of staff and external consultants, assume leadership roles within SMUD and in associated industry forums and committees, and develop and implement strategies often consisting of interrelated factors of legislative and regulatory energy policy analysis.  Classification may supervise and is differentiated from the Government Affairs Representative class series in its independence, level of influence and technical expertise.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Leads the analysis and development of positions of SMUD with respect to state and federal energy policy issues.
  • Researches and analyzes draft legislation and proposed regulations or industry standards affecting SMUD; monitors and advises SMUD management and project teams of trends and developments including changes in the law, administrative decisions, and judicial decisions related to SMUD operations.
  • Organizes and manages SMUD teams including internal staff and/or contract consultants to accomplish SMUD’s legislative, regulatory, outreach and/or compliance objectives; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and reviews the work product of internal staff, external consultants, and trade groups of which SMUD is a member engaged in the analysis, revision, and drafting of legislation, regulations, and/or industry standards.
  • Directs and develops advocacy initiatives supporting SMUD’s legislative and regulatory policy objectives; represents SMUD before legislative, regulatory, and industry audiences; provides leadership, guidance, and direction on all matters of federal and state legislation affecting SMUD.
  • Remains current on and knowledgeable of regulatory filings at state (e.g. CEC, CARB, and CPUC) and federal (e.g. FERC, NERC, and WECC) jurisdictions as assigned; provides regular briefings to SMUD management.
  • Conducts and supervises analysis of state or federal legislative, administrative, and/or regulatory actions that affect energy supply, program financing, and other relevant issues ensuring that SMUD’s strategic goals and objectives are met.
  • Assumes proactive leadership role(s) within trade organizations of which SMUD is a member to ensure, among other results, effective communication and incorporation of SMUD positions into legislative and regulatory policy objectives of such organizations.
  • Assists and advises Executive Management in the development and implementation of policy advocacy content and strategies to coordinate consistent messages to external audiences; advises the Board on political ramifications of SMUD’s positions and/or actions.
  • Acts as program manager/team lead in the coordination of SMUD activities and services developing projects to translate and implement regulatory requirements and policy goals; seeks alternative solutions to difficult problems; coordinates with inter-departmental teams and management to ensure appropriate treatment and a positive outcome with local and regional government agencies consistent with SMUD policies and interests.
  • Monitors, interprets and communicates to SMUD management community, political and industry patterns and governmental trends; understands the political implications of situations and events; analyzes community and market changes and/or community or industry development s to determine new business and partnership and identifies opportunities for positive partnerships with government agencies.
  • Provides direction and training to subordinates for completion of assigned tasks; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, evaluates and adjusts work functions, practices, and schedules as necessary; monitors daily operations; coaches, provides performance feedback, identifies and addresses staff development needs; provides recommendations to management on staffing, staff training, development, and discipline actions; ensures staff safety and implementation of safety policies and practices in the work unit and environment.
  • Negotiates MOUs of inter-agency agreement related to right of ways for municipal services, new development, regional prioritization, joint planning and joint benefits for community projects; negotiates terms and conditions associated with customer financial, technical and energy services from both SMUD and customer perspective; reviews and recommends partnerships, sponsorships, contracts and other written commitments.
* As well as other duties as outlined in the full official description available here
Position: Legislative & Regulatory Program Manager
Organization: SMUD
Location: Sacramento,  CA 
United States
Salary: $134,012-$177,510
Posting Start Date: 3/15/2022
Date Posted: 3/15/2022
Requirements Minimum Qualifications:
Education: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Political Science, Communication, Public Relations, Engineering, Business Administration,  Law, or related field.

Experience: 7 – 10 years of progressively responsible and directly-related work experience in government relations at the local, state and/or federal level, or within electric utility industry dealing with regulatory agencies, power markets, or related utility operations in a government affairs capacity.

Knowledge Of: Federal energy policy; Legislation and regulation analysis techniques and principals; advocacy techniques and theory; CEC, CARB, CPUC, FERC, NERC, and WECC and other industry regulations; local, state and federal organizational structures; federal and state laws and regulations related to supervisory practices and employee rights; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities of others; techniques related to customer relations; public sector, customer, business and ethnic outreach strategies; marketing strategies and tactics; political policy, including working with a board of directors; leadership principals and techniques; public presentations and presentation tactics; principles, practices and procedures for managing projects; principles and practices for budget administration; contract negotiation and administration; procedures and practices for cost control and project scheduling; safety policies, practices and procedures; appropriate equipment and tools including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skill To: Write at an advanced level for executive-level communications within SMUD and particularly outside of SMUD with relevant executive, legislative, and regulatory branches of state or federal government; communicate tactfully and effectively through interpersonal and verbal communications with diverse and competing audiences; maintain and develop extensive portfolio of highly complex legislative and/or regulatory issues; facilitate and organize broad-base support for multiple high-profile state and federal legislative initiatives; manage and lead work teams within context of incomplete information, time constraints, and multiple goals; present effective presentations within SMUD including those to Board of Directors; represent SMUD in public hearings particularly legislative and regulatory bodies; facilitate and coach participation by other SMUD representatives before legislative and regulatory bodies; recruit, select, hire, supervise and evaluate employees; plan, organize, direct, control, and review the work of others; identify, assess and coordinate training needs for staff; market and promote SMUD programs; build rapport with people having different communication styles, education, cultures, histories and social backgrounds; explain and adhere to regulations, procedures and/or activities internally/externally associated with the SMUD’s goals; interact with others to influence and motivate; perform effectively under stress & public scrutiny; and utilize systems and software (including spreadsheets, databases, presentations and word processing) relevant to the job.


Possession of or ability to obtain certification as a California state or federal lobbyist as required by the position.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Significant experience working with state regulatory agencies on the development of regulations affecting the utility industry and SMUD.  
  • Knowledge of and experience with the development of state carbon and renewable energy policies such as the Cap and Trade regulations, Low Carbon Fuel Standards, energy reliability and efficiency programs and regulations, Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements, natural gas safety requirements, energy affordability efforts, and transportation and building electrification programs.  
  • Familiarity with state regulatory personnel in key positions at the California Natural Resources Agency (including the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety), California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator, and other state agencies as appropriate.
  • Familiarity with state industry associations  such as the California Municipal Utility Association, CalETC, and others as appropriate.
  • Experience collaborating with a variety of interests, including investor owned and publicly owned utilities, local government, community organizations, and businesses, to advocate outcomes before state regulatory agencies.
Physical Requirements:
Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority.  SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.   

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

To apply, please visit: smud.org/careers
Status: This listing expires on: 6/30/2022
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