BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: State Policy Advisor – Industrial Transformation

Job Opening: State Policy Advisor – Industrial Transformation

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of State Policy Advisor – Industrial Transformation.

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 most influential 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 is seeking a dynamic professional to join our team as a State Policy Advisor – Industrial Transformation. This position will be responsible for assisting the Director of State Energy Policy to design, coordinate and implement legislative and regulatory policy efforts related to 1) reducing carbon emissions for industries such as steel, aluminum and cement; 2) ensuring high road career pathways in the clean economy for industrial workers; 3) reducing environmental impacts of industrial facilities on local communities; and 4) facilitating emissions reductions in industry though deep decarbonization of energy generation. More specifically, the State Policy Advisor—Industrial Transformation will work with the BGA coalition and partners to discern aligned strategies for geothermal energy, hydrogen, carbon capture, DAC, lithium extraction, advanced battery manufacturing, and other evolving industries in state energy plans. The State Policy Advisor will work in close coordination with BGA state staff and partner organizations with an initial focus in CA and WA to develop and implement BGA’s policy agenda on these issues. The State Policy Advisor will report to the Director of State Energy Policy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Policy Development

  • Conducts policy research and analyzes proposed legislation and regulations to identify state policy levers that advance BGA’s state priorities and to inform BGA’s state policy positions;
  • Develop policy proposals and legislation to achieve BGA’s state priorities, in collaboration with the Director of State Energy Policy, state lead and state table;
  • Tracks state legislation and policy initiatives related to BGA’s state industrial priorities;
  • Works with the Director of State Energy Policy and state staff,  coordinating with national industrial, manufacturing,  and equity and occupational & environmental health policy staff to align state policy objectives;
  • Collaborates with the Research team to generate research reports, briefs, and other documents to support policy initiatives;
  • Coordinates with other BGA staff, provides policy and technical guidance, as requested.

Education and Awareness Building

  • Works closely with BGA labor and environmental partners and equity allies to identify opportunities as well as design and execute state legislative and regulatory campaigns with guidance from Director of State Energy Policy, state lead, and state table;
  • Manages relationships across a spectrum of community groups including those representing communities of color and other highly impacted communities, policymakers, coalitions, and business and industrial groups to advance industrial decarbonization, the reduction of other pollutants, as well as equitable job retention and creation;
  • Works with the Director of Occupational and Environmental Heath and Equity on issues related to industrial pollutants, including toxins, that impact workers and communities. 
  • Works with the Director of Manufacturing and Advanced Transportation and/or policy advisors on issues related to industrial reinvestment, job creation, and job access.
  • Serves as spokesperson for BGA on priority issues and making public presentations, including testifying at legislative hearings;
  • Develops position letters, technical comments, policy briefs, fact sheets, presentations, and white papers in conjunction with the Director of State Energy Policy;
  • Works with BGA’s communications team to develop and implement communications strategies including press, online material, actions alerts and social media; 
  • Executes state implementation of BGA national campaigns related to industrial transformation, as needed; and 
  • Other duties, as required.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, with 3 to 5 years of prior work experience in policy, advocacy, or business; 
  • Experience/knowledge working on issues related to, energy, manufacturing, industrial, policy, and/or labor issues is a plus; 
  • BGA anticipates that although this position is directed at securing good jobs and reducing emissions in the industrial sector, the policy work in this field is likely to be cross-sectional, and experience in electricity regulation in particular is a plus;
  • High competency in the following areas:
    • Experience working either directly for legislators, agencies, 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 state legislative strategies that involve mobilizing a diverse coalition of organizations; and
    • Experience developing policy proposals, writing persuasive educational materials, lobbying legislators and staff, and mobilizing key constituents.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures;
  • Ability to travel regularly across region when health and safety allows it; occasional out-of-area travel required;
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial and environmental justice; and 
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Additional Information: Salary range $65,000-$80,000; generous benefits package, which includes medical and dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a friendly work environment. This is a union represented position, represented by USW Local 2002. The position is ideally located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Sacramento, California. 

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke (jenb@bluegreenalliance.org). Please write “State Policy Advisor” 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.