Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), an advocacy group that focuses on the interests of transmission-dependent utilities, is seeking a part-time Executive Director. TAPS is a mix of joint action agencies, individual municipal and cooperative systems, private utilities, and some state and regional organizations of municipal systems. Effective performance in this position requires advanced knowledge of the NERC Reliability Standards, FERC policy/regulations, transmission grid systems, and wholesale markets. The successful candidate must be able to facilitate consensus among TAPS members with varying interests and maintain a collaborative atmosphere with members and other stakeholders.
The Executive Director develops, manages, and administers all activities of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group under the guidance and direction of the TAPS Board of Directors. Responsibilities include:
Advance policy positions of the group in the legislative and regulatory arenas through member engagement and coordination with key stakeholders.
Guide the process and build consensus among TAPS members to develop and promote TAPS policy positions on transmission, market power, and reliability issues that are crucial to the competitive viability of transmission-dependent and small utility systems and to the creation and maintenance of competitive wholesale markets.
Diligently manage consultants and service providers to TAPS to obtain needed and cost-effective services to achieve TAPS objectives and priorities within budget.
Represent TAPS effectively in testimony before Congress and in meetings with FERC Commissioners and other policymakers.
Provide support to the TAPS Board of Directors, member committees, and the semi-annual member meetings.
Expand TAPS membership and provide outreach to other organizations in support of TAPS positions.
Manage TAPS media relations to increase TAPS visibility and advance TAPS policy positions.
Coordinate TAPS activities with APPA and other groups to avoid duplication of efforts and advance the best interests of TAPS.
Develop and recommend an annual budget and dues structure and manage costs effectively to meet the objectives and priorities.
Bachelor’s degree in business or technical field, strong communications skills, public policy/advocacy experience, and prior experience with a member organization preferred. Travel is periodically required.
TAPS expects to enter into an independent contractor agreement with the successful candidate.