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Natural Rural Electric Cooperative Chief Economist in Arlington, Virginia

The Chief Economist is responsible to help establish and sustain NRECA and the electric cooperative network as leaders in the economic aspects of improving the quality of life for people living in rural communities across the country. A key focus of this role will be evaluating and advancing electrical grid and energy markets supporting the rural and agricultural sectors, as well as the impact that human capital investments (including compensation, retirement, health/welfare, and other investment programs) can have on the long-term viability of these communities. The Chief Economist must have relationships at the highest levels of the economic community in these sectors and participate in meetings on behalf of NRECA and the co-ops in government, industry, and professional forums and participate through authored papers and presentation. The Chief Economist organizes the pursuit of socio-economic research and leads or supports regulatory, legislative and economic forum filings where appropriate. The Chief Economist must support and recruit high level economic and market talent and build partnerships with leading researchers in industry and academic institutions. The Chief Economist supports NRECA, its electric cooperative members, and affiliated member economists in their vital role to fulfill the business needs of electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. Within NRECA, the Chief Economist is responsible for management and administration of staff within the Business & Technology Strategies team involved in data analytics, modeling and reporting.

Purpose and Mission

• Directs, plans, and conducts research, economic policy and analyses to assess and project short- and long-term impacts of issues and trends in the energy/electrical, ag/rural, human capital and related investment sectors of the economy that can impact overall quality of life.

• Provides economic advice and analysis to NRECA, it’s members and other key stakeholders in the area of general economic developments, capital and labor markets.

• Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates general and regional economic trends and financial and economic developments that have a direct bearing on cooperatives and rural America.

• Conducts or commissions economic impact studies of proposed legislative and regulatory changes affecting electric cooperatives. Assures that study conclusions and recommendations are timely, of the highest quality and are provided to the appropriate leadership within NRECA.

• Conducts analyses identifying trends and opportunities affecting rural America, community growth and development opportunities.

• Manages competitive industry resesarch and analysis. Leads programs to improve market structure. Serves as the internal technical expert for NRECA staff and America’s Electric Cooperatives with respect to industry structure and market economics.

• Researches local and regional economic issues and provides consultation regarding the development of dynamic regional and local economies, as well as urban and rural regeneration. Proposes solutions to issues such as labor markets, education and skills, deprivation and social inclusion, inward investment and business development.

• Leads and directs the work of experienced economists and analysts.

• Liaises with technical staff at other trade associations and allied organizations to further the development of economic analysis in relevant sectors.

• Proactively collaborates with other departments within NRECA to ensure that cooperative members and other key stakeholders receive the highest degree of coordinated engagement and the most relevant information on a timely and consistent basis.

• Responsible for the proper security and disposal of any confidential information that he or she may possess in the course of performing this position's job duties, as well as ensuring staff compliance with security protocols in accordance with NRECA’s Personnel and Administrative Policy and HIPAA Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures Manuals.

Direct Reports to this Position: 2