NRECA Careers

Educational Program Manager P4

Madison, WI

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

  • Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data


Educational Program Manager P4

Responsible for leading teams of inter-departmental and outside subject matter experts in the development, design and project management of innovative educational programs and resources (in-person and online) for electric cooperative leaders and staff.  Programs are designed to enhance knowledge, build skills and create peer connections to help participants be successful in serving their cooperatives and communities. This position will produce, develop and deliver educational components for educational programs, conferences and other meetings.  The incumbent manages program budgets, is accountable for marketing strategies and manages delegated programs and collaborates across the department, NRECA and the co-op network.

Purpose and Mission
• Program Management of Existing Educational Programs
• Collaborates with outside stakeholders to coordinate jointly delivered programs and sessions (conferences, orientations, courses, webinars, workshops, and online programs).
• Researches and identifies speakers and facilitates program review cycles and subject-matter expert meetings.
• Conducts program evaluation and uses data to inform revisions of existing content and develop future educational programs.
• May serve as an  instructor in the areas such as management, finance, technology, application, industry strategies, leadership, safety and organizational effectiveness etc., as appropriate with background and expertise.
• Researches, designs and develops  new courses, products and services, that compliment NRECA’s executive and staff education
• Identifies, recommends and implements strategies and tactics to achieve market penetration for new and existing courses, products or services such as new certifications, preparatory programs to support outside certification etc. such as Project Management Institute or Institute for Supply Managements certifications.
• Negotiates compensation and business agreements with faculty and subject matter experts to achieve value for NRECA and members.
• Contributes to, manages and monitors budget for assigned programs.
• Collaborates with others across NRECA regarding budgets, marketing plans and promotions, site selection, audio-visual and catering specifications other hotel and related logistics and event registration.
• Participates in non-NRECA sponsored electric utility events and trade shows for purposes of networking, identifying potential partner opportunities, subject matter experts, and speakers and otherwise collecting information that can be used to enhance NRECA programs.
• Builds relationships with member cooperative employees and network partners, including Associate Members and exhibitors, to stay on top of trends, challenges, opportunities and issues that impact electric cooperatives.

Requirements and Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in education, business, accounting, communications, or industry related degree.  SHRM certification or equivilent and/or professional certificaiton or licensure a plus
• 7 years of relevant utility, business or association experience
• 5 years demonstrated experience in designing, developing and managing educational programs (both in-person and online programs) utilizing several development and delivery tools, such as, InDesign, PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Acrobat Standard, and WebEx.
• Experience in using a Learning Management System (LMS) or similar technology for design and delivery of programs and online collaboration tools (such as threaded discussion boards, and social networking, mobile learning technology) desired. 
• Experience managing externally contracted projects.
• Knowledge of multiple facets of utility operations and management such as performance monitoring and reporting, utility engineering/operations, billing and collection functions, financial management and reporting, human resources management, and procurement as demonstrated by prior work experience.