BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: Policy Advisor, Carbon Management

Job Opening: Policy Advisor, Carbon Management

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Policy Advisor, Carbon Management 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 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 seeks a dynamic professional to join our Washington, D.C. team as Policy Advisor, Carbon Management. This position will be responsible for designing, coordinating, and implementing legislative and policy efforts around core organizational issues, including on carbon capture, carbon removal, and direct air capture. The Policy Advisor will work in close coordination with BGA national staff and BGA partner organizations to develop and implement BGA’s policy and legislative agenda. The Policy Advisor reports directly to the Vice President for Manufacturing & Industrial Policy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead policy development and strategy efforts regarding carbon management, including carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, carbon removal, direct air capture and/or other issue areas;
  • Develop strategy for BGA engagement on these issues, including working with BGA staff, partners, and allies to develop consensus policy positions and to advise and support state staff in developing policies and strategies in their states;
  • Manage relationships and execute policy development and strategy efforts across a spectrum of policymakers, coalitions, business and community groups;
  • Conduct research and monitor policy developments on these technologies and issues at a federal and state level;
  • Advance BGA priorities with members of Congress and federal agencies and state policymakers, conducting education and outreach to key officials and regulators at the national and state levels;
  • In close coordination with the State Policy Advisor, Industrial Transformation,  serve as a technical resource for state staff on carbon management policy as needed;
  • Conduct outreach and education with BGA labor partners around these key technologies and how they could impact their members;
  • Develop and review public messaging and materials, including policy platforms, policy language, letters, policy memos, technical comments, white papers, reports, presentations, press, online materials, and other materials as needed;
  • Provide regular communications and updates on BGA initiatives to staff and partner organizations; and
  • Other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, with 3 to 7 years of prior work experience in policy, advocacy, labor or business;
  • Experience/knowledge regarding climate change, energy, and industrial emissions reduction pathways; knowledge regarding economics, manufacturing, infrastructure, and labor policy is a plus.
  • Experience working either directly for a Member of Congress, relevant federal agency 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;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures;
  • 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 that includes fully paid family or individual medical and dental, disability plan, 401k with company contribution, generous vacation, wellness days, and ~18 holidays, and a friendly work environment. The D.C. staff will be working a hybrid work schedule. This is a union represented position, represented by USW Local 2002.

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