Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 6,800dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46states. To learn more about American Water andadditionalcareer opportunities, visit .
Position will focus on national regulatory affairs issues and government affairs priorities in support of the regulated business, CSG and HOS, including but not limited to managing relationships with 3rd party groups and organizations (NAWC, NARUC, EEI, etc.). Responsible for developing and implementing the companys national regulatory affairs strategies, practices and processes in a consistent and integrated manner across all operating subsidiaries in coordination with the government affairs strategy. Act as the primary management liaison between operating subsidiaries and American Water Business Units, including Corp Rates, and Reg Counsel teams as well as State Presidents (and their teams) on regulatory issues.Provide leadership, strategy, vision and direction to identify, develop and implement best practices within and across all divisions and/oroperating subsidiaries toensurefunctional excellence. Manage thecompanys National Memberships relevant to regulatory affairsto ensurethecompany is receiving the maximum benefits from such memberships.
**This position is open to qualified candidates based near any of our Regulated-business locations. For a list of our Regulated locations, please visit:American Water Regulated-Business Locations
Partner with the States to provide support, resource and guidance to the Divisional and State Presidentsand MBB to ensure that national, divisional and subsidiary regulatory affairs and government affairs needs are fully considered, integrated and aligned with thecorporate office and government affairs to maximize effectiveness.
Assure that regulatory affairs issuesare prioritized in conjunction with government affairs and receive the required corporate review. Partner with each division and MBB, especially Corporate Rates and Reg Counsel teams and Government Affairs, to address local/ state issues that have broader implications for American Water.
Have primary management responsibility for alignment in each division to ensure functional excellence of all regulatory affairs activities and as needed government affairs activities.
Provide strategic advice, executive coaching, and ongoing counsel within the area of regulatory and government affairs to States and relevant business units to support functional alignment and excellence.
In consultation with the Senior Vice President Communications & External Affairs’ team & VP, External Affairs/Chief Inclusion Officer lead the development, coordination and implementation of the Company’s national regulatory strategy.
Because of nationwide engagement, responsible for identifying opportunities for thought leadership at a national level, e.g. preparing American Waters engagement at NARUC conferences (and other similar conferences such as MACRUC, MARC, SEARUC, & Western), FRI (Financial ResearchInstitute,Missouri),New Mexico State University Center for PublicUtilities and NASUCA (National Association State Utility ConsumerAdvocates), including identification of panel topics, presenters, overall narrative development, and archival conference summary documents.
Key Accountabilities – Continued
Responsible for managing any external lobbyists/consultants specifictoregulatory affairs support.
Build coalitions with trade associations (e.g. NAWC and EEI) and other similarly situated companies to accomplish regulatory strategy objectives.
Develops white papers and coordinates the company’s response to national regulatory/government policy initiatives with the External Communications team.
Develop relationships with key external regulatory policymakers and corresponding staff (e.g. NARUC Water Committee Chair, Vice-Chair, Staff, et. al).
Ensure the company is fully utilizing and constantly assessing its national memberships (e.g. NAWC, USCM and EEI) to implement its business objectives in an optimal manner. This includes support and engagement on relevant regulatory committees (i.e. NAWC Regulatory Affairs subcommittee).
Coordinates the utilization by various lines of business within the company for each of the memberships and works with membership staff to drive company agenda and reputation
Broad knowledge of public utility and general corporate laws and regulations. Adept at building relationships that enhance the effectiveness of constructive policy making on behalf of the company
Strong leadership skills, including ability to work effectively with all levels throughout the organization and across functional lines and to lead cross functional teams in key regulatory policy initiatives.
Strategic Focus – Looks at the big picture, thinks about the business, both within its own environment and in the global marketplace, and creatively identifies new horizons.
Team working – Is committed to working collaboratively to achieve business goals, building cohesiveness and identity with a work group, and valuing individual perspectives and contributions.
Delivers Results – Delivers bottom line results through bold, decisive actions, working through risks and uncertainty to create opportunity. Continually raises standards and promotes entrepreneurial behavior
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
Excellent planning, time management and organizing skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on initiative, knowledge sharing and team building ability to coach and motivate team members and foster team cooperation.
Ability to build strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and influence key stakeholders to drive new concepts, policies, and procedures.
Ability to manage government/regulatory lobbyists as applicable
Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information according to American Water’s applicable policies.
Bachelors Degree required; Masters Degree preferred
Minimum of 7 years’ experience required
Prioritizes & Role Models Safety
Plans, Aligns, & Directs
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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.
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