Energy Northwest Board Relations Lead in Richland, Washington

General Summary

Coordinate all board relations functions for the executive board, board of directors, board committees and Columbia Participants Review Board in coordination with board chairs, senior leaders and Public Affairs leaders. Assist in strategic planning workshop activities. Serve as a Public Affairs specialist.


Board Relations (in coordination with Public Affairs leader, but with limited supervision):

  • Maintain compliance with all applicable RCWs (e.g. Open Public Meetings Act) and agency and board policies and rules.

  • Serve as primary point of contact for all board members demonstrating discretion, independent judgment, professionalism and exemplary customer service at all times. Prepare board communications in accordance with board notification and PA protocols.

  • Coordinate preparation, maintenance and disposition of all governance policies, rules, charters, motions, agendas, minutes, websites, servers (e.g. BoardDocs) etc.

  • Prepare annual board budget and directly manage and report on monthly board budgetary expenditures.

  • Monitor board member and officer terms; queue up and support elections; and prepare and conduct board orientations in coordination with senior leadership.

  • Prepare and maintain board planning calendar in coordination with board chairs and agency leaders. Provide guidance to staff on the proper preparation and submittal of board presentations; assist staff as needed to ensure the professional execution of board presentations.

  • In collaboration with Legal Services, prepare draft resolutions. Log and maintain files on all official board actions.

  • With support from PA admin and student, coordinate all board meeting logistical planning and preparation/follow-up to include venue selections, catering, lodging, expense reports, document preparation etc. as reflected in the pre-and post-meeting checklists.

  • Attend all board meetings; facilitate the smooth execution of meetings to include last minute agenda and presentation changes; and capture high-level minutes and actions.

  • Prepare board-related news releases and internal news articles.

  • Prepare talking points for board chairs.

  • Coordinate strategic planning sessions with the Business Strategy & Risk department, senior leaders and the executive board. Participate in strategic planning workshop activities.

Senior Public Affairs Analyst (in coordination with Public Affairs leaders, but with limited supervision):

  • Perform all aspects of public affairs with exposure to internal and external communications, member relations, public outreach, nuclear plant tours, research, project work, legislative relations, media relations, crisis communications, marketing and other duties as assigned.

  • Research and develop articles, presentations, speeches, briefing papers, white papers, and talking points for use by the public affairs team, senior leaders, the Speakers Bureau, and others in various internal and public forums, to include public PUD meetings, board meetings, industry events, Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, TRIDEC, NRC public meetings and briefings, INPO meetings/conferences, tours, news media interviews, and more. Conduct studies, benchmarking and prepare reports and analysis.

  • Serve as Energy Northwest spokesperson and news media responder during PA Duty Officer rotation. Communicate information on major initiatives, programs, corporate activities, new generation development and other emerging issues (i.e., plant and project operations, new generation activities, bond sales, budget changes).

Must participate on the Emergency Response team (ERO) when designated. Must support the biennial refueling outage.


Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations or a related field (e.g., communication; governmental/stakeholder affairs; public policy) from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 5 years of public affairs/relations/corporate communication/governance experience;

OR an Associate’s Degree or minor in Public Relations or a related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 7 years of public affairs/corporate communications/governance experience;

OR nine years of extensive public affairs/corporate communications/governance experience.

Must secure Energy Northwest unescorted access.

Salary Range

Salary: $71,674 minimum to $89,593 midpoint

Typically, selected candidates are hired at a salary rate between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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This posting is open through January 25, 2019.

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Energy Northwest

Job Title: Board Relations Lead

Job ID: 6175