BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: Director of Manufacturing & Industrial Policy 

Job Opening: Director of Manufacturing & Industrial Policy 

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Manufacturing & Industrial Policy in our Washington, D.C. office.

BGA was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. Now, together with 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and environmental organizations, we are fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. BGA builds a shared agenda between the labor and environmental movements on bold measures critical to advancing a future American economy that addresses climate change, protects public health, advances racial and economic justice, and creates good-paying union jobs in safe and healthy workplaces in communities across America. BGA develops policy, produces research, builds coalitions, provides education, advocates these policies at the local, state and federal level, and mobilizes working people to take action.

Job Summary: BGA seeks a dynamic professional to lead our manufacturing and industrial policy program and policy work. The Director of Manufacturing and Industrial Policy leads the organization’s policy development and advocacy on clean technology manufacturing and industrial transformation, including related issues of procurement and trade policy. This will include working with BGA partners and allies and managing an internal team working to further develop and advance federal clean technology manufacturing and industrial policy. This position will manage BGA’s groundbreaking Buy Clean initiative, including project management, coalition building, and managing policy efforts at the state and national level, as well as a new initiative to rebuild a cleaner and globally competitive domestic aluminum sector that creates good-paying jobs across the country. The Director reports directly to the VP for Legislation & Federal Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee implementation of organization-wide strategies, policies, and programs to advance clean technology manufacturing and industrial policy, as well as related trade, procurement, financing, supply chain, domestic production, labor and equity, and/or other issue areas;
  • Develop and oversee key strategic programs, including:
    • BGA’s Buy Clean initiative, including project management, coalition building, and managing policy efforts at the state and national level;
    • BGA’s initiative to rebuild a cleaner and globally competitive domestic aluminum sector that creates good-paying jobs across the country;
    • BGA’s efforts to advance policies and investments to transform the industrial sector, in particular energy-intensive manufacturing, to make it cleaner, stronger and more equitable;
    • BGA’s efforts to develop and advance an agenda to support and grow clean domestic supply chains, with a focus on clean energy/technology supply chains including critical minerals and responsible mining;
    • BGA’s international trade policy and managing advocacy efforts to advance that agenda in the federal and international arenas;
    • Supervise 2-3 staff and direct the work of staff across teams internally, including with research and communications staff as well as state staff to, where possible, align state and federal policy objectives;
    • Work with the VP for Legislation & Federal Affairs, VP for State Affairs, EVP, and Executive Director to elevate organizational priorities and provide strategic guidance and policy insight and analysis in these areas;
    • Work closely with BGA partners and allies and staff internally to identify opportunities to move related legislation and regulatory policy at the federal level, including developing relationships with and educating key federal policymakers;
    • Work with the Director of Development, maintaining a primary relationship with select funders, and work with the Development team to solicit and secure program and broader BGA funding;
    • Develop and review public messaging and materials, to include letters, policy memos, technical comments, white papers, reports, presentations, press and online materials;
    • Work closely with the Vice President of Legislation and Federal Affairs, Vice President of State Affairs, and Executive Vice President to collaborate and coordinate these core areas of work;
    • Ensure regular communications and updates on BGA initiatives among staff and partner organizations; and
    • Other duties as required.

Skills & Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, with at least 10 years of prior work experience in policy, advocacy, or business;
    • Experience/knowledge working on issues related to climate change, manufacturing, industrial policy, trade, energy, critical materials and mining, and/or labor issues is a plus;
    • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies, manage staff, and lead teams to achieve advocacy and project goals;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to work quality;
    • Strong skills in developing mutually respectful, trusting, and effective internal and external relationships; exhibit positive and respectful manner with colleagues, partners, and allies;
    • Experience working either directly for or closely with legislative and/or executive branch offices;
    • Self‐starting, highly motivated, positive attitude, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and preference for working in a fast‐paced environment;
    • Ability to assist in the planning, coordinating, and implementing of federal legislative strategies that involve mobilizing a diverse coalition of organizations;
    • Experience developing policy proposals, writing persuasive educational materials, lobbying legislators and staff, and mobilizing key constituents;
    • Ability to travel periodically when health and safety allows it;
    • Ability to use the various technology platforms utilized by BGA including IVDesk, Microsoft Outlook (including Outlook calendars), payroll systems, and any future programs as required;
    • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and environmental justice; and
    • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Additional Information: Salary range $100,000-$120,000; generous benefits package that includes medical and dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a

friendly work environment. Occasional travel is required. This position in located in Washington, D.C. office.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke (jenb@bluegreenalliance.org). Please include your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting and write “Director_MAT” in the subject line.  Position open until filled.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.