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Policy & Support Specialist

Location: 

Akron, OH, US, 44308

Job Function:  Other
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  57824

FirstEnergy at a Glance


We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.
 

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.


About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [SC00]

 

The Policy & Support Specialist performs research and analyses necessary to develop the company's positions on legislative, regulatory, or governmental executive branch issues that have the potential to impact FirstEnergy.
 

This position is designated as “mobile” and can be sited anywhere within the FirstEnergy service territory (OH, PA, WV, MD and NJ). The ability to work remotely within the United States may be available based on business need.  This option is not available in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oregon or Washington at this time.
 

Responsibilities include:
 

  • Performing research and analyses necessary to develop the company's positions on legislative, regulatory, or governmental executive branch issues that have the potential to impact FirstEnergy
  • Documenting, providing, and packaging justification and rationale for the company's positions
  • Preparing supporting materials that communicate the company's positions to policy makers
  • Taking ownership of assigned legislative, regulatory, or governmental executive branch issues and writing advocacy positions for use by lobbyists in the state capitals
  • Drafting policy proposals to advance in the public policy process
  • Working closely with appropriate Subject Matter Experts (SME) to understand the implications of public policy proposals for the company, quantify their impacts when possible and devise policy alternatives that would benefit FirstEnergy and its customers. 
  • Constructively debating policy proposals with SME to resolve conflicting internal perspectives to reach agreement on the optimal position for the company. 
  • Preparing justification and rationale for the company's stated positions on policies for use by the company's lobbyists
  • Working closely with regulatory and legislative experts to monitor and anticipate policy proposals that could affect the company and provide early warning to internal experts
     

Qualifications: 
 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Business-related major, Political Science, Communications or Technical field is required
  • Minimum of 5-7 years related work experience is required. Related work experience includes external affairs, regulatory policy, research, and general business analytics
  • Experience with utility regulation is a plus
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Experience with legislative activities and public policy advocacy preferred 
  • Good business acumen - understanding of general business principles and decision-making
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment.     
  • Good time management and organizational skills 
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Able to work across the organization and establish relationships


Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at www.firstenergycorp.com to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.

Safety

Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification

Exempt 

 

FirstEnergy Human Resources Team


Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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