Job Details

Regulatory Analyst and Issue Project Lead Washington and Oregon - Sr. Manager NW Technical

Company name
Western States Petroleum Association

10 yrs required

Olympia, WA, United States

Employment Type

Energy, Legal

Posted on
Aug 04, 2022


Position Summary

The Sr. Manager, Northwest Technical develops rulemaking strategies, coordinates regional member engagement, and executes regulatory technical advocacy with agency staff.  In addition, the supports the NW Senior Director in political & government affairs advocacy technical issues, as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Provide technical, regulatory, policy and administrative leadership (analysis, decision making, problem solving, action plans) and oversight for the NW Environmental Committee, including subcommittees (NW Air Subcommittee and NW Water Subcommittee), NW PSM Committee, NW Health, Safety and Emergency Response Committee, NW Pressure Vessel Committee, Marine and Oil Spill Regulatory Committee(cross-regional). Responsibilities include annual budgets, communications on key issues/positions, developing consensus positions and implementation of advocacy strategies.
  • Provide technical, regulatory, policy and administrative leadership for rulemaking at state and local agencies in Washington and Oregon as assigned, including: Washington Department of Ecology, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Washington or Oregon Department of Agriculture.
  • Represents WSPA on various technical working groups and serve as staff lead for technical subcommittees, task force groups, special technical projects/studies.
  • Provide technical support to the Senior Director, Northwest Region, the NW State Government Affairs Committee (NW PRG) the NW Refining Committee (NWRC), and NW External Affairs Committee (NWEAC).
  • Provide technical and regulatory support and review to WSPA staff.
  • Direct and review work of WSPA retained technical contractors.
  • Maintain, enhance and grow relationships with professional organizations to support regional and statewide industry positions.
  • Assist Director, Northwest Region with budget.
  • Coordinate technical budget, contractor proposals and AFEs.
  • Lead by example; inspire teamwork and collaboration with a positive attitude and workplace professionalism.
  • Understand and comply with WSPA’s antitrust policy and employee policies
  • Conform with WSPA’s employee and ethics policies; always strive to protects the good name of the organization.


  • JD, MS, BS or BA in technical or analytical field
  • 10 years of experience in technical field
  • 10 years of petroleum industry or industry related experience
  • Regulatory experience (and enjoyment of) strongly preferred
  • Person must be self-motivated and self-directed under a minimum of supervision

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrate strategic thinking for regulatory advocacy
  • Be results-driven
  • Requires superior communication skills
  • Ability to work with others in a cooperative manner while recognizing the need to take independent action when appropriate
  • A working knowledge of the petroleum industry or natural resource management is desirable
  • Experience preparing technical comment letters including: manage multiple commenter inputs; assess key points in topics that may not be within expertise area; and finalization of documents.

Working Conditions

Frequent travel in Washington and Oregon is required.  Minimal travel to other Western States possible. Occasional evening and weekend work.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Supervisory Responsibility


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment for all of its employees.  It is WSPA’s long-standing policy to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental impairment, military service, citizenship of individuals legally authorized to work in the United States or any other basis prohibited by law.

Company info

Western States Petroleum Association

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